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, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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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