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Old 10-19-07, 08:24 PM
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Cool hard drive gadget--ever use one of these?

Great idea--it turns any HD into a USB connection. Anyone ever use one of these things?


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Thats pretty cool and not too expensive. Any idea if this can be used on an older PC without SATA?
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Originally Posted by DthRdrX
Thats pretty cool and not too expensive. Any idea if this can be used on an older PC without SATA?
just need usb
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No, but this one handles PATA as well as SATA for less than half the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156017
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No, but this one handles PATA as well as SATA for less than half the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156017
I use this one and it is a godsend.
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I use the same thing X linked to at work. Works great.
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I'm going to have to get me one of those - as the 2 hard drives are the only reason I keep my ancient Gateway with the full-tower.
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No, but this one handles PATA as well as SATA for less than half the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156017
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Is there anything like this that offers USB and eSATA out?
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Originally Posted by X
No, but this one handles PATA as well as SATA for less than half the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156017
me, too.
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One plus I can think of with the first device posted is that it's somewhat encased and can remain steady.

The device I have that X linked is just connectors, which means just laying the drive somewhere on your desk or case. Not necessarily bad, but if it sits for awhile i'm sure it might be more susceptible to shock or something.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
One plus I can think of with the first device posted is that it's somewhat encased and can remain steady.

The device I have that X linked is just connectors, which means just laying the drive somewhere on your desk or case. Not necessarily bad, but if it sits for awhile i'm sure it might be more susceptible to shock or something.
we use a device somewhat like what x posted to get access to recover 'dead' laptop batteries.. i started using one back when i was in user support, many years ago.. and still have the original one.. doesnt connect usb, its real old fashion and hooks to the ide controller.. but as mentioned above, its great to save your ass in a tough situation..
since starting to use those, i havent ever had a 'dead' laptop harddrive that i couldnt recover at least the majority of the data off of.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
One plus I can think of with the first device posted is that it's somewhat encased and can remain steady.

The device I have that X linked is just connectors, which means just laying the drive somewhere on your desk or case. Not necessarily bad, but if it sits for awhile i'm sure it might be more susceptible to shock or something.
i agree with you that the setup is unstable. however, i usually use this for either reinstalling a cloned drive or recovering data off of damaged drives (situations where mechanical stability of the drive can be assured for a short period of time by other means).
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
One plus I can think of with the first device posted is that it's somewhat encased and can remain steady.

The device I have that X linked is just connectors, which means just laying the drive somewhere on your desk or case. Not necessarily bad, but if it sits for awhile i'm sure it might be more susceptible to shock or something.
I agree, I've got enough cable and spare hardware mess as it is. The first posted gadget is pretty cool, kind of like a spare HDD docking station.

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