External IDE hard drive enclosure

My external drive enclosure (External Black hi-Speed USB 2.0 3.5″ Hard Disk Drive Enclosure Kit ) arrived this morning. It was the most beautifully wrapped parcel I have ever received, I was reluctant to unwrap it it was so neat.

It came with EVERYTHING I could need to set it up (except a hard drive!):

  • Drive enclosure
  • Vertical stand
  • Power supply
  • USB cable
  • 4 x screws to secure the IDE drive
  • A cross-head screwdriver!

It came with a screwdriver! Not a tiny, unusable one, but a real, decent-looking cross-head screwdriver with a plastic handle.  Now that is pretty cool.

It took me about 5 minutes to unpack, secure an unused Western Digital 40 GB IDE drive I’ve had in my Big Boy’s Box of Interesting Things™ for about a year, and plug it into my PC.

It worked straight away, was recognised as another drive (not Removable Media, but a proper hard drive), and now it’s reformatted and ready for this afternoon’s backup.