“Throwing away these drives also isn’t an option since there occasionally are times when the extra storage space is useful, either for just moving over some stuff temporarily or for testing purposes. The problem with using these drives is that it is a chore opening up the case everything you want to hook them up. In the case of IDE-drives the problem also is that many new motherboards only got 1 PATA-connector which might already have one or two DVD/CD/DVDRW/HDD hooked up and thus have no space for more drives.
Eksitdata.se sent me two pieces of hardware that allows you to quickly hook up these drives to a PC using USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 without having to open the case: the Easy IDE and the Easy SATA.”
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Brando USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable Review @ X-bit Labs
- ATP ToughDrive 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers.org
- Brando S-ATA/IDE USB Cable @ Techgage
- ATMT HD362-P External Hard Disk @ UKGamer
- OCZ Mini Kart 1Gb Flash drive @ Rbmods
- OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB @ Legion Hardware
- 1 TB Drives and the End of the World! @ OCModShop
- OCZ Ultra-Slim 1GB Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ Extreme OC
- Dual-Layer DVD Burner Roundup @ ExtremeTech
- OCZ Mini Kart 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers.org
- OCZ Mini-Kart USB2 Flash Drive @ 3dGameMan
Bjorn3D reviews the Eksitdata Easy ATA and Easy SATA USB adaptors. Plug in a SATA drive on the fly for backup, or reboot to attach a PATA drive, with no external enclosure. Cheap and easy to use, though will notice a speed decrease when transferring over USB to SATA.