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Old 12-31-2012, 10:05 AM
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Default Need advice on getting an external hard drive case

I've had two old school 80GB internal 3.5" Western Digital IDE HDDs since 2002 when I built my first computer. I believe they have XP on them and I'm now a Photographer and would like to use these as a backup.

A few years back I got a really cheap $5 Chinese 3.5" case and neither HDD would read on my Windows 7 laptop. I wanted to find out if a better case, something like THIS IDE CASE would work for me? I do have some stuff on these drives that I wouldn't mind saving but if I could just get them to work I'd be happy. Thanks in advance!

By the way, the reason I'm linking to Amazon is because I have a gift card and would like to avoid paying out of pocket.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:28 PM
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When you buy a case for a HD then you spend money on some pieces you really do not need (like the whole interface...) I have one of these:

With the kingwin adapter you can use SATA, mini IDE and regular ATA/PATA drives. It should work for you.

I love it but I also had to replace the PSU on it with one from ebay, a guy was selling it and he said it was meant to be way tougher than the cheap ones that comes in these kits. I believe him, I have had it running for months at a time whether a drive was conencted or not adn the thing will not die. Best $20 more I spent for something like this. If you can plug in this cradle and make it work then that is all you really need. BTW, the power supply laster for a few months but I ended up leaving it on and did something one day and it just died. Then I found the one below and I have been impressed, I currently have it plugged into an internal BLUR-RAY ASUS drive that I burn disks on on a regular basis. It sits on top of my master system. It says Model: CS-120/050200-E

I had something similar to this:

But I am not sure what brand it was, I know that by looking at it is it UL and CE so that makes it better than China already...

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:37 PM
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$60 will get you a new hard drive with external enclosure--much larger than what you have now. It makes no sense to spend money to keep old, small, soon-to-fail drives in use.
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Old 12-31-2012, 2:31 PM
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Have you thought of using a hot swap enclosure. Hard drives are removable like usb sticks. This is how I set mine up.
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