MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304

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External access of MBA HD

I have an HD pulled from a broken up MacBookAir. It uses a special ribbon cable to connect to the LB (?). What can i use to access the data on this drive now that it is out of the laptop. Thanks.

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Found the solution here:

http://www.digitalintelligence.com/produ...

If the link doesn't work directly, it's hard to find on the website.

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I think LB means Logic Board incase anyone was as confused as I was.

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1.8" SATA-LIF enclosure:

http://www.memoryc.com/products/descript...

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Just for the record: The drive is an ATA (IDE) drive and uses a (semi)standard ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket. The usual adapters won't do the job.

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Absolutely correct!

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Buy an enclosure and put the drive in there. Then you can connect it to any computer with USB, firewire, or whatever type enclosure you purchase.

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Solution found. See addition to original post.

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do you want to permanently use the hard drive as an external drive? if so, then yes as rab777hp said just get a drive enclosure to convert it to an external drive

however, if you only need to temporarily access it externally (e.g. you will later re-install it in some computer), there's a more flexible alternative.

get yourself a Newertech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter, or similar product from another manufacturer. This will let you attach any ATA or SATA drive, 2.5" or 3.5", hard drive or optical drive - via USB to your computer. it's a very handy adapter to have around when you're swapping or cloning drives. But as I say, this is only for temporary use, it's not meant to replace an external drive enclosure.

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This drive is smaller than 2.5. The connector is not standard S/ATA. Its more like the HD in an iPod. It would have to be a tiny ribbon cable. Have various enclosures plus the Newertech device. This HD will not interface directly to any of these enclosures. Thanks.

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The MacBook Air that I have contains a Samsung HS12UHE

Which has a SATA interface with a 24 pin LIF connector.

I contacted the support for the Digital Intelligence ZIF Enclosure and not only will this NOT work but they do not have a device that will work with this drive.

If anyone has found an adapter that works with this drive please update this question.

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I need an adapter as well.

This one here will not work: http://www.adaptare.de/blog/adapter-fur-...

They tell me in the forum that the MacBook Air is the only computer that uses SATA-ZIF at the moment.

Please let us know if someone finds an adapter for SATA-ZIF.

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As i stated way above, the enclosure i bought from Digital Intelligence DID work for me. The LIF connector was actually a "VHIF" connector, but it did work.

Bought this one recently

<http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OYC...>

from Amazon.com and it, too, worked on the model of MacBook Air that i had at the time. It was a LIF connection.

---Danno

"May your Mac(s) always start up!"

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Does anyone know if the cubeternet enclosure works on zif-24?

Samir

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Danno will be eternally grateful.

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