IDE HDD to USB adapter

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by #12, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. #12

    Thread Starter Expert

    Nov 30, 2010
    I need to get the old hard drives out of 6 donated computers and copy personal files to a CD as a courtesy for the donor. Rather than open one of my computers and plug each IDE (or EIDE?) hard drive into its internal cables, I know there is a device that I can plug the hard drives into (one at a time) and connect them with a USB cable...I just don't know what to call it or where to buy it.

    I do have a serial port and a parallel port available, but I expect the aftermarket product will be designed to use a USB port.

    Anybody know what this device is called?
    or an easier way to quick-swap external hard drives?

    Thank you,

  2. DumboFixer

    Active Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    I think what you are looking for is a Hard Drive Caddy - basically an external enclosure that you put your hard drive in and then plug the whole thing in to your PC via USB.
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  3. #12

    Thread Starter Expert

    Nov 30, 2010
    Thank you!
  4. BillB3857

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 28, 2009