how to use IDE harddisk with laptop

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  1. ChatIndia

    ChatIndia Community Advocate Community Support

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    I got an IDE harddisk and i want to retrieve data inside it. I don't have a desktop right now. All i have is a laptop, is there any way i can retrieve data from it.
     
  2. essellar

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    You should be able to buy cheaply (or, perhaps, even borrow) a USB drive enclosure for your drive. If you decide to buy, after you've done the data retrieval, you will have a perfectly serviceable external hard drive you can use for transfering/storing data and doing system backups. Obviously, I'm not familiar with the market in your area, but one can usually pick up an enclosure for about $15-20 in my area at a storefront retailer.

    There are also "caseless" universal USB drive adapters that will take a 2.5" or 3.5" IDE or SATA drive in a top-loading slot. You might find a local repair shop or retailer (or a friendly corporate IT department) who would let you use it for the transfer if you don't want to buy your own enclosure -- they're usually used by retailers or IT departments for creating disk images and by repair types for data recovery.
     
  3. sndsinfosystems20

    sndsinfosystems20 New Member

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    Buy a IDE to USB converter

    Available at a quite cheap price
     
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  5. ChatIndia

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    can i use my IDE hdd as an external hdd with that IDE adapter?
     
  6. Darkmere

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    Yes you should be able to
     
  7. wongers

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    you should basically buy yourself an empty enclosure, a little box that will encase your IDE HDD, there will be an IDE connector on the inside and then on the outside of the case can be a selection of USB, eSATA depending on what it is your looking for.

    Most these days are even self powered and do not require a plug to be used and then you have your own external portable HDD.
     
  8. essellar

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    The "self powered" units are generally 2.5" enclosures; 3.5" enclosures almost always use mains power. (That's probably because notebook drives are usually low-power 5800RPM units, while desktop drives tend to be 7200RPM or faster and the larger platters have more inertia when spinning up -- the motor requires more power than even twin USB cables can provide.)

    Still, this is all just repeating what I said in my original response.
     
  9. willyp000181

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    Use easyIDE, simple plug & play adaptor
     
  10. rolandr

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    Yup, all the above.

    You guys helped me when I wanted to retrieve data from my SATA drive from my other laptop. I got a Rosewill module that accommodates a 2.5 and 3.5 SATA drive. So I'm sure there's one for IDE to USB. Matter of fact on my post someone had a link to one.
     
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    thank you ./. I am thinking about buying a new highly configured laptop but still want to use my old desktop's IDE PATA disk and Another SATA disk sometimes to copy to laptop
     
  13. Smith6612

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    If it makes it any easier, you could also set up a PC as a file share and simply share the hard disks you already have over the network. Won't be as fast as USB, Firewire or eSATA ports on a laptop (Do they make many new machines with Thunderbolts? Some high end PCs and Macs seem to have them) unless you're on Gigabit Ethernet but I think having the convenience of doing that rather than carrying a drive around the house might be a nice complement to a drive enclosure.
     
  14. wongers

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    actually, get a HDD enclosure that has a RJ45 connection on it, then you can plug it in to your Router and boom. problem solved for ever, Ever!
     

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