View Full Version : Connecting my conventional EIDE HDD to a USB port.
08-30-2005, 01:16 AM
Can I somehow connect a bare (internal) IDE HDD to a USB port so that it acts like an external drive? I'm not trying to make an actual external drive, so I don't want the fancy racks or enclosures. I just need a minimal channel that will allow a USB connection for a one-time data transfer.
The cheaper the better!!
08-30-2005, 01:24 AM
you bet you can. just get a 3.5" external case. i'd suggest firewire though (i'm assuming your very expensive dell should have FW) as it has faster sustained read/write speeds. :) you can usually find a deal on a FW/USB combo case for maybe $30.
08-30-2005, 01:26 AM
Sorry I just edited my post. I don't want any cases or enclosures. I need something bare-bones, like a simple cable. This will be a one-time transfer of data.
Ok I guess this might be what I want:
But it's $30. I wish it were cheaper, since I'll only need it once. I guess I could sell after I use it. Kimchi, you need one?
08-30-2005, 01:46 AM
Here what I found when I did a "ide to usb" search on G|A Deals page (http://www.gotapex.com/deals.php?search=ide%20to%20usb).
08-30-2005, 05:04 AM
pulled from another forum:
Cyclone USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter for $15 (http://www.pcmicrostore.com/PartDetail.aspx?q=p:10502969)
PC Micro Store offers the Cyclone USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter for $14 plus $1 shipping, the lowest total price we've seen by a buck. This adapter connects either a 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive or 5.25" optical drive to a USB port without an enclosure. Drives up to 400GB are supported.i personally like this style as it allows you to connect 2.5" ide hdd's without having to use another adapter--one less thing to lose/break.
here's what one of the forum's member thought about it:
PCMicroStore has 4 different USB to IDE Adapters.
The Sabrent & PCMS seem to be clones - at least per the descriptions & pictures.
The Bytecc & Cyclone seem to be clones - at least per the descriptions & pictures.
Sabrent & Bytecc do have websites - for whatever that may be worth. Not sure about the other two. Also, other places (Newegg) sell the same brands.
Here is a review on the Bytecc.
"Bytecc BT-200 USB 2.0 to IDE Adapter Review"
I had just purchased this (Bytecc) from PCMS. Ordered Tuesday morning, received in Friday's mail (I'm in Baltimore). It was just inserted in an USPS Priorty mail envelope, label stuck on & mailed.
The power adapter uses a standard PC power cord (included) & that makes it convenient IMO (compared to a power cord "brick" with a round plug).
I've used it on two 3.5" HD & one 2.5" HD so far.
The USB adaper cable is "dual" head - both 2.5" & 3.5". The other styles use a seperate 2.5" adapter that plugs into the 3.5" adapter. Just one less (seperate) thing laying around to loose.
With the 2.5", you don't use the power adapter. Just plug the USB adapter into the drive & attach to the USB port. The USB port supplies the power to the drive.
I suppose if you had a 2.5" drive that required more power then usual, it might not work.
3.5" drives require seperate AC power. The first 3.5" HD I tried happened to be jumpered as slave. When I plugged it in (XP) saw it, but said it was not working correctly. Unplugged the USB cable, removed the jumper, plugged the USB back in, & it worked fine from there. The second 3.5" HD had no jumper on it & XP saw it the first time i tried.
Supposedly (& I don't know which ones) there are some USB to IDE adapters that don't require a drive jumpered as Master?
The cables are not excessively long, or short. They seem fine.
The review seemed to rave about the quality. Just seemed standard to me.
I have not yet used it on a Win98 machine. That will require drivers to be installed (XP did not) from the included mini CD.overall, this seems to be like a solid deal. and for $15 (~$16 if you live in CA...damn sales tax), there isn't much to lose.
08-30-2005, 09:38 AM
I picked up one of these from Meritline recently, but haven't used it yet : http://www.meritline.com/usb-to-ide-network-cable.html
Out of stock there now...
08-30-2005, 09:42 AM
thanks guys! I think this thing will come in very handy!
08-30-2005, 10:24 AM
do you have to worry about your drive overheating with that
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