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.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

One thought on “External IDE hard drive enclosure”

  1. nice one.
    I think i need to replace my 2.5″ IDE HDD, poor thing has a broken pin 🙁
    It’s a Hitatchi 80GB.
    I found the enclosure on Ebuyer for 3.99 and a replacement Seagate 120GB 2.5″ IDE drive for 50 odd quid.
    Impressed I was!

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