Four IDE HDDs - best way to extract their data?

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Joined Jan 6, 2004
There are four HDDs of the old IDE standard I would like to extract data from. Not even sure if I would keep any of them working later, as a permanent external drive.

Is it the USB - IDE/Sata interface the way to go? The one including an additional power supply for the drive in use.

I know I could go by using my last surviving old PC (Win XP) to connect them one by one to read and transfer the data but I know it is not practical.

Comments / suggestions will be appreciated.
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Joined Mar 30, 2015
I use the USB adapter you mentioned. I find it so useful that I have 3 of them.

They can can also be used to clone drives, e.g. on laptops that only have one HDD bay.


Joined Feb 8, 2018
I've used two or three different USB to IDE adapters and they have worked very well and at acceptable speed.