What’s an IDE drive you say?
It’s easy to tell. Look to see what kind of cable is connected to it. If it is a flat wide cable chances are it is a IDE PATA drive.
If the data cable is more of a rectangular shape and about 1/2 of an inch wide, you probably have a SATA drive.
You may have bought a new computer but you would still like to use that old computer’s drive, or you have pictures etc… that you’d like to access. Many of us buy a new computer when the old computer becomes unusable. Windows dies, or the computer is infected with viruses and malware.
It IS possible to move those viruses/malware to your new system so BE CAREFUL/WARNED before accessing that old data.
Many of you have used USB flash drives to save/access data. Well you can do the same thing with that old hard drive. All you need is a IDE to USB drive enclosure. Since IDE is an old technology you can get an enclosure for next to nothing. I recently found this for a customer who’s system would not longer boot to Windows, and they didn’t want to spend the money to have it repaired. They DID want to access several home movies that were still on the hard drive though.
A little research and I found this for them.
Rosewill RX234 Aluminum 2.5″ USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Newegg (at the time of this writing it was $9.99 plus $2.99 shipping!)
You simply install the IDE hard drive (2.5″) in the enclosure and then plug the enclosure into an available USB port on your functional PC.
Newegg.com also carries enclosures for the 3.5″ drives, like this one for $19.99 plus shipping click here.by