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Old Hard Drive - Data Retrieval


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#1 JayBlue

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:00 PM

Hi there,

 

I am having a few issues getting the data from an old hard drive which has been passed to me to look into. The hard drive contains documents and files which would be useful if they could be accessed, and were part of a broken desktop (the failure of the desktop is unrelated to the hard drive, so it is unlikely to have been wiped).

 

The internal hard drive details are: Samsung SP1203N, 120GB, 3.5" with a 40 pin IDC connection. The trouble I'm having is that my first intention was to plug the hard drive into my desktop using a spare SATA cable, but this was before I saw that the connector would not be compatible, and my motherboard does not have either the data or power ports required.

 

My question is: what are my options? Is there a way to plug the hard drive into a converter of some kind? I'm having a few issues getting hold of one so far.

 

Thanks for any help!


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:07 PM

you can buy IDE to sata converters.....

 

a random example.....

 

https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232004&cm_re=ide_to_sata_converter-_-12-232-004-_-Product



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:24 PM

You can also get IDE/SATA to USB adapters:  http://www.dx.com/p/usb-2-0-to-ide-sata-2-5-3-5-hard-drive-converter-cable-black-283257

 

If you prefer to have an external power supply:  http://www.dx.com/p/ide-sata-to-usb-ata-serial-adapter-cables-ac-power-adapter-kit-black-392096

 

I long ago acquired one of the latter, but have very, very seldom used the external power supply.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:34 PM

You can also get IDE/SATA to USB adapters:  http://www.dx.com/p/usb-2-0-to-ide-sata-2-5-3-5-hard-drive-converter-cable-black-283257

 

If you prefer to have an external power supply:  http://www.dx.com/p/ide-sata-to-usb-ata-serial-adapter-cables-ac-power-adapter-kit-black-392096

 

I long ago acquired one of the latter, but have very, very seldom used the external power supply.

 

 

yeah...lots of them out there.....just google "IDE to SATA converter"



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:36 PM

Brian, in your first link that adapter would only work on a 2.5 drive because it has no power brick. 3.5 drives require the brick as the power from the USB port is not sufficient.



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:38 PM

If you have an Ebay account.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SATA-PATA-IDE-to-USB-2-0-Adapter-Converter-Cable-for-2-5-3-5-Inch-Hard-Drive/321866626452?hash=item4af0bef594:g:T30AAOSw~oFZ1Ygz:sc:USPSFirstClass!48124!US!-1



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:41 PM

John,

 

          I had a problem with the paste and lost my original comment after it.   I have frequently used the version without an external power supply by allocating an unused molex connector from the computer that is having the data transferred to it to power the drive.   Of course, this only works when said computer is a desktop, but since that's been established here . . .


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:47 PM

Thank you to all - I'll look into the options listed.

 

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:58 PM

John,

 

          I had a problem with the paste and lost my original comment after it.   I have frequently used the version without an external power supply by allocating an unused molex connector from the computer that is having the data transferred to it to power the drive.   Of course, this only works when said computer is a desktop, but since that's been established here . . .

Yep, that works.  :)



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:19 PM

I use an external drive enclosure, externally powered and connected by USB.  Many different manufacturers but all the same basic idea.  Mine supports IDE, SATA and PATA  so it is an important recovery tool.



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:22 PM

I use an external drive enclosure, externally powered and connected by USB.  Many different manufacturers but all the same basic idea.  Mine supports IDE, SATA and PATA  so it is an important recovery tool.

 

That's certainly another option, and probably a better one if one anticipates doing this sort of thing with any frequency.  Since my need is very infrequent, I haven't gone that route.  That, and the cables are easy to keep stowed in the trunk of my car should I need them during a service call.


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