Maplin have a handy converter for sale just now for £24.99:

IDE / SATA to USB 2.0

  • Connect your IDE or SATA hard drives externally via a USB port
  • Allows you to connect 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch IDE and SATA hard drives
  • Includes 3.5 inch to 2.5 inch adaptor, SATA power and data cables
  • Complete with PSU
  • Compliant with USB 2.0 transfer

Handy for those days that your PC or laptop goes down and you really need to get data off it, asap.

I’d find that particularly useful for 2.5″ laptop drives.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

3 thoughts on “IDE/SATA to USB 2.0”

  1. Hmm, yeah. Could well be handy. I’ve been having hassles with an off-the-web LaCie USB2 drive and linux recently (keeps dropping out giving I/O errors mid-way through an 80G backup run)…. actually I’m already familiar with the innards of these toys since I know a “USB hard-drive” is nothing more than an IDE drive with a small chip to make it understand SCSI commands fed to it over a USB bus. Sounds like I’ll be ripping this one apart and just using the inner drive on its own too at this rate…

  2. Are Maplin any good price-wise? I’m pricing out parts for building a Hackintosh for the brother and have been looking at Ebuyer and Dabs.

    That is a useful piece of kit though, I think it is something similar that make my external drive work. It’s a 2.5″ IDE laptop drive that I connect via USB.

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