Inserting a 2.5'' hard drive into a
junior titanium case
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
During the 2003 Apple Expo, I saw a titanium
junior case from macway
in which one can put a 2.5'' hard drive from a notebook.
The case is self-powered throught the FW cable (two FW
cables on this case) and was around 60 euros... at this
moment! (september 2003)
Last but not least, the case can receive IBM 10
I operated..on a staircase during the Expo... but the
pictures' quality was so low that I redo the operation.
The only difference was that the lock key, as well as the
packaging box... were left in one of the Expo trash cans
The package... plus the famous 10G IBM drive from Jean
1) the case with the FW bridge
2) the two small screws for clamping the cover
3) the 4 screws for fixing the drive to its craddle
4) and the FW cable.
The 4 rubber bases have already been sticked to the case
during the Expo!
The cover firts has to be removed. First its two lateral
Then the cover itself: no grip..so carefully, insert a
tool in one of the aperture and slightly pull.
Once one side is unhook...
... we can operate the other one.
So I say it again: smoothly but firmly... without
damaging the internal components by erroneously pushing on
one of them as a lever.
The yellow arrow points to a hole in which one could put
the tool to remove the card from its support.
1) as in some models, this hole does not exist
at all :-(,
2) and as acting on the hole with an inappropriate tool
can damage the card,
-> I would suggest the following manipulation: put the
tool as on the picture and pull on the silicone sliders
Removing the card requiers more struggle that I thought!
I understand now Anne Le Guennec's remark on powerbook-fr.
-> Firmly grab the case on one hand and remove the
card from the other.
Be sure to pull the card in a straight aligned direction.
If necessary, alternate the pulling effort between the left
and right card's sliders!
The card removed. Now the hard disk is to be inserted.
This can only be done in one direction, the hard drive
fixating screws being located on the "plate" side of the
Disk is to be insterted in a oblique movement...
... paying a big attention to the pointed delicate
... and keeping connectors aligned!.
It's rather meager as far as the free place is concerned!
We turn back the plate to put the 4 screws. Well, clamped
to its connector by the lack of place the drive is, I do not
know if the screws will do anything as far as the fixating
process is concerned.
But for sure, to avoid any effort on the connectors, it
is better to screw the drive onto the plate.
We put back the card in its sliders (the one on the left
side showed by the yellow arrow).
The blue arrow points to one of the rubber bases.
Firmly push the card to the backside of the case:
straight forward movement by pushing on the plate from the
left and right side (see fingers on the image)... but do not
push on the FW connectors themselves!
Put back now the cover: the insets do not allow any error
The last two screws to lock it.
Plug the beast into the FW port of the Mac..and there is
it (yellow arrow)!
This is a self-powered case. So, when we look at the rear
of the case, the ON/OFF switch has to be set as:
1) to the extreme left: ON
2) in the middle position: OFF
3) to the extreme right: ON if powered by an external
1) A multi-blades
screwdriver (jump to the end of the page): not
cumbersome, the blades can be easily slided to change the
length of the tool.
2) A nail (used to trace out footprints for instance):
the end on the right has been removed.
3) A ruler to visually show the real dimensions of some