Assembly Guide: Thermaltake USB 2.0/eSATA Enclosure

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Prepare the Drive

First, we’ll need to remove both of the holding pins from the enclosure.

Removing hard disk holding pins.

Once you’ve got both sets removed, keep ’em handy:

Both sets of pins removed.

Here’s a rather crummy shot of the hard disk. My camera is notorious for misbehaving at the worst possible time.

Anyway, as you can tell from the image, this is a standard run-of-the-mill SATA hard disk. If you purchased the Thermaltake enclosure I linked to at the beginning of this article, this is (quite obviously) the type of hard disk you’ll need. Make sure to keep the hard disks connectors (show below) facing toward the electronics of the enclosure.

SATA connectors.

Here’s the disk I selected. It’s a 500GB (~465GiB) Seagate Barracuda. Whatever you do, do not get one of their SV35.3s. They’re designed for video surveillance and have a high failure rate. Newegg had these particular ones on sale for about $50 (give or take). That’s around 10GB (~9.3GiB) per dollar. I don’t think it’s very easy to beat that kind of deal!

The disk.

When you’re ready to install the disk, make sure it’s oriented like this:

Disk orientation.

Then, start attaching the holding pins:

Attaching pins.

Here’s a shot with both pins attached:

Pins attached.
Watch out! The pins will only hold themselves into the drive mounts by friction. Don’t attempt to hold the disk drive by the pins as they’re liable to fall out! Hold the drive by the frame as shown in the picture above and take care not to touch the electronics on the underside.

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