connect IDE to laptop

July 15, 2009 at 06:04:36
Specs: Windows XP
Product: Western Digital Caviar 153AA

I have an internal hard drive removed from a defunct desktop PC which I'd like to connect to my laptop to retrieve data.

I've been told the internal IDE drive can only be connected to a motherboard but I do not want to open up my laptop.

Is there any way of connecting the IDE connecter to external ports (any one of various types?) on the laptop - maybe an adaptor of some sort?

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July 15, 2009 at 11:09:02
You can get an external USB drive enclosure and put the drive in there. Check ebay.

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July 16, 2009 at 03:39:17
I've found something on Amazon that looks like it would do the trick (the drive is 5.25 40 pin).

I'm a little puzzled by the technical details saying "Import Note: the 3.5" IDE device could be damaged/ burned if the USB adaptor was plug into the IDE device in wrong direction." - how would it be possible to plug the USB in the wrong way since it looks like it is hardwired into the cable from the picture and I assume one just plugs that into the laptop USB port? (I don't want to risk damage!!).

Any idea what they might mean?

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July 16, 2009 at 16:18:05
I assume they mean 'if you plug the IDE cable in backwards' Usually the plug on the cable will have one of the pin holes plugged up. That will correspond to a missing pin on the drive connection. That way the cable will only go on one way.

If for some reason that's not the case with that setup, then note that one edge of the drive cable will have a red stripe. That side of the cable attaches to the #1 pin side of the drive connection. The #1 pin side is almost always the side closest to the power connection. There should also be a notation on the drive circuit board by the connection showing which pin is #1.

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