Question Best way to hook up old HD's to a PC.

JUDGE DREDD2013

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Can someone give advice on the best way to hook up some old PC Hard Drives to a PC?

I found four old HD's in a drawer and I would like to see if there is anything on them. Three have the old type of pin connector and one a SATA connector. I am running Windows Ten Pro 64.

I was thinking of a cable or something rather than a enclosure.

Thanks
 

jay32267

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Most likely you can just power down and connect the SATA one and see what's on it.

The ones with the pins are called IDE drives.

If you don't have a computer than connects to them...you can buy IDE adapters that connect through USB I believe.
 
If you just want to check, what's on those drives, then use external USB adapter for connecting sata/pata drives.



If you want to actually use those drives on a desktop pc, then ...
For SATA drive - use sata data and sata power cables to connect it to a desktop pc.
For PATA drive - get PCIE PATA controller card and connect drive using pata cable and molex power plug.

 
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Those USB Adapters, do they need aditional Power from a Molex connector ? I have external DVD Drives with IDE and would like to use them occasionally.
 
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Yes, it works ! 😁 Had to Turn on the Power Supply first and then connect the USB adapter. Then i could read DVDs and CDs. Thanks !
 
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lvt

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Can someone give advice on the best way to hook up some old PC Hard Drives to a PC?

I found four old HD's in a drawer and I would like to see if there is anything on them. Three have the old type of pin connector and one a SATA connector. I am running Windows Ten Pro 64.

I was thinking of a cable or something rather than a enclosure.

Thanks
You should dump them all but the SATA.

The IDE HDD has max transfer rate of 133MB/s while the lowest SATA has 300MB/s.

If you have USB 3.0, you can buy this adapter for your SATA HDD. It comes with a 12V wall adapter for the power.

 
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It might be a bit easier to just put the SATA Drive in a computer . E-Sata could also be used if it is a 2,5 inch drive ( the smaller kind used for Laptops and such things ).
 

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