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I love to reuse old hard drives; any device that has one gets the hard drive removed before I toss the remainder in the trash. I’ve used enclosures in the past to turn an old laptop drive into a portable drive, but this USB 2.0 universal […]

Usb_drive_adapter_1I love to reuse old hard drives; any device that has one gets the hard drive removed before I toss the remainder in the trash. I’ve used enclosures in the past to turn an old laptop drive into a portable drive, but this USB 2.0 universal adapter cable from NewerTechnology looks pretty slick too. $24.95 gets you this USB adapter, which can connect directly to an ATA, Serial ATA, ATAPI or IDE drive. You simply plug and it plays, which could come in handy if you’re on the road and need to salvage data off a drive from a dead device.

(via Mobility Site)

-kct

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  1. hey wow, thats nice! i’ve been getting really sick of buying new cases (gets expensive after awhile). or reusing 1 case for multiple HD’s is SUCH a pain because of having to take apart & rebuild. not sure how i ever missed this (i shop at newegg religiously) is this the only 1 of its kind?

  2. Nortern_Rebel Thursday, June 8, 2006

    I bit….will let you all know ow it works.

  3. Northern_Rebel Thursday, June 8, 2006

    Boy did that “H” key need cleaned. Crumbs under keys = very bad

    ;-)

  4. where did u find it at? i am looking at their reseller list but not having much luck.

  5. I save my old hard drives too, which is why I bought an IDE to USB adapter on eBay several months ago for under $20 with shipping. Not double-sided but comes with a 2.5 adapter. Not sure about SATA/eIDE compatibility; my old drives are IDE.

  6. Northern_Rebel Thursday, June 8, 2006

    DualDone I just clicked through the website buy link.

  7. Sierra Modro Thursday, June 8, 2006

    I love this idea! 3 minutes from see this to pressing Buy Now. They ought to give you a commission. :)

  8. JK,

    Thanks for the info.

    A quick question for everyone: How do safely handle the hard drive to protect it from static schocks or other potential harm to the bare drive?

    Thank you in advance,
    John

  9. Northern_Rebel Monday, June 12, 2006

    I got my adapter in the mail today so quick review.
    I tryed a couple of laptop hard drives, a PC DVDROM,
    and a PC hard drive. All worked fine. I don’t have
    any serial ATA devices to test with but all the
    cabling is included. The included AC adapter for
    powering your PC devices is small and light.

    Guys will love this one… There are no directions!
    I know everyting is plug and play but I would have
    expected to see a warning telling you to connect
    your external device before pluging in the USB
    connector. Maybe there is a built in safety in the
    connector but I’m not testing that out. No static
    warnings either.

    I’m going to need a small bag to keep everything
    together. Product looks well put together and
    functions as expected. Lack of documentation is a big
    negative though. A small peice of paper or a few
    inches of space on the box would help set my mind at
    ease.

    8 out of 10

    NR

  10. on the newertech website it says it includes a Driver CD, but i didnt get 1, did anyone else?

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