What Type of Drive Enclosure Do I Need?

by on August 25, 2007

Q: My wife’s HP laptop no longer boots, we cannot even even get BIOS screen. How do I know what kind of USB hard drive case to buy for her hard drive?

A: The type of hard drive enclosure you need to buy for your wife’s laptop hard drive will be determined by the drive’s interface. Laptops generally use 2.5″ hard drives, but there are two different interface types: IDE and eSATA. You will need to refer to the laptop’s documentation to determine what type of interface the hard drive has. Once you have that information, there are many drive enclosures you can choose from. Make sure to choose an enclosure that has the features you need. If you are unsure of the quality of a specific drive enclosure, search the web for reviews from other users. Once you pick an enclosure and purchase it, follow the installation instructions that come with it.