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Convert internal EIDE into external USB

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#1 Kelly Sprout

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 05:42 PM

My old desktop system finally bit the bullet with a motherboard failure, but the two internal EIDE hard drives are fine.

I replaced it with a new laptop. Now I need some files from those two hard drives, but of course there is no way to put a full-sized hard drive into a laptop. I've looked for an EIDE to USB solution but can't find one.

I used to be an IT tech before I retired in 2007. Back when I was working, we had a cable. At one end was a 120v 3-prong AC plug and a transformer block. On the other end was an EIDE connector and an two internal device power connectors (4-prong block and 4-contact mini). Coming out of the back of the EIDE connector was a short USB cable. We used it to destroy data on old hard drives before scrapping obsolete computers but it would be ideal for my needs now. I have no idea where we got it. Maybe some other tech made it himself. I don't know.

I have tried finding a shell to turn internal hard drives into external hard drives. I've found full-sized SATA-to-USB and 3" SATA-to-USB and 3" EIDE-to-USB, but I cannot find a full-sized EIDE-to-USB solution.

Does anyone know of a solution to my dilemma?

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 07:43 PM

I ran into this issue a while back and found that installing the hard drive in an external enclosure to be a good way of getting data from my old Tower to my new laptop. I have one similar to the one shown below (Not the same brand but roughly the same).


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Posted 30 April 2010 - 11:23 AM

Thank you! That is absolutely perfect! I purchased it as soon as I saw it. Now I just have to wait for delivery! :thumbsup:

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