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Access any old Hard Drive via USB


This is a great idea, the USB Universal Drive Adapter, the easy way to get data off all those old drives you’ve got kicking around.

I’ve lost count of the number of old hard drives I’ve got hidden away in cupboards and drawers. Before I throw away an old PC I’ll take all the useful bits out and store them as they may come in useful in the future (deluded I know). The discs then gather dust as I never have the drive (excuse the pun) to dismantle a current working machine to connect it to.

The USB Universal Drive Adapter however makes it a piece of cake to re-use your old discs (or just extract data from). Simply connect the USB end to your PC and the other end to the old disc (via standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or Serial-ATA) and you can then access the disc like any other. Simple but effective.

You can get the USB Universal Drive Adapter from newer technology for $24.95 and IMO is one gadget that should be in every support technicians gadget bag.

12 thoughts on “Access any old Hard Drive via USB”

  1. Good question Sam. I never noticed that in the press release but I’m guessing it will either be powered off USB though I’m now wondering if USB would provide enough power for that (and where’s the power connector), I’ll ask and post a follow up comment.

  2. My experience with really old IDE drive (maybe 1992) the drive would not work with USB enclosure. The disk would show up in windows explorer but when trying to open the disk i’d get “please insert disk”..

    I was only able to extract the data by connecting it to the IDE connection on the motherboard. I’m guessing the fact that USB wasn’t invented until around 1995 has something to do with it. Just adding my 2 cents. Good luck!

  3. I connected to Newer Technologies website, but I cannot find this item and it looks like it is exactly what I need. Do you have any more information on this item?

  4. I bought the same thing from Fry’s a few months ago. It comes with a power adapter for various types of drives, even has a connector for SATA drives. And, I have used it with MANY different drives to extract data and create backups. Have not ruined a single drive. This is a great piece of equipment for anyone who has extra drives laying around that they need or want to get data from.

  5. Terry – what was the brand you bought? Finding stuff on the Fry website is tedious at best.

  6. Larry, I see that your question got unanswered. Just like Terry, I bought this gadget from Fry’s which includes the power adapter and and it has been working great over the years. This specific adapter’s brand is called Vantec IDE/SATA TO USB ADAPTER

  7. does not work. Explorer can not see any of the files except those that were scanned. I suspect Win 7 puts some sort of header on each file which prohibits explorer from seeing the file when a hard disk is connected via a usb port.

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