Favorite tools of the trade – USB 2.0 IDE Adapter

Posted: September 17, 2008 in computers

Some tools in my bag of tricks deserve extra praise, this little puppy for instance.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times it has come in handy, to the point where i think everyone should have one.  Go on, rush off and order one for yourself, i’ll wait.  No, okay, let me explain what it is and why anyone who works with or on computers and needs to work inside them needs one of these.

Its a USB 2.0 IDE drive adapter.  still unsure?  basically you use it to connect to your hard drive on one end and the other end is a usb connection.  also included is a power adapter which you connect to the hard drive and plug in, basically giving you an external USB hard drive without an enclosure.  The one i use is from Cables To Go and is called GO!Data  but there are plenty of them on the market, and will run you around the $40 to $50 mark, but it is money well spent if you are forced to spend any time retrieving data from old drives, or need to clone a drive onto a new one – you don’t even have to take the drive out of the case, just plug in the adapter and connect it to another computer with a USB port and start copying.  Sweet.

from their website:

The USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter from Cables To Go implements a bridge between one USB port and one ATA or ATAPI based mass storage device port. The USB 2.0 to IDE Drive Adapter turns any IDE drive into a convenient external drive. Easily transfer files from computer or notebook, back up files, or store large file archives on hard drives. The Hi-Speed USB interface provides for easy installation with its plug and play design. The adapter supports all existing IDE/ATAPI devices such as Iomega Zip, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and IDE hard drives.

This little adapter only does one thing, but does it well, it allows you to connect a hard drive or cd-rom, etc to your computer via the USB port, simple and easy, and sometimes that is enough.



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