How to Use An External Drive Enclosure to Swap IDE Drives
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Comprehensive advice on your computer and software problems and questions, this video will focus on how to use an external drive enclosure to swap IDE drives.


Carrie Webb: Mike says, “Hi, Robbie. In one of your shows you pointed out the hard disk dock on the desk by your right elbow. Robbie Ferguson: He has seen that? Carrie Webb: Okay, he says, “I would like to purchase one of these as I have lots of IDE drives lying about and they were providing with me lots of extra storage. I've been looking online and they all seem to be for SATA drives. Robbie Ferguson: SATA, these are not the first time, series of MTA. Carrie Webb: Drives. Do you know if IDE ones are available and can you recommend one that will not too pricey? All the best from day in the UK. Robbie Ferguson: Okay Mike, what we have to look at if I have an IDE drive, I do. Here’s the problem. Here’s the cable on an IDE drive. If you guys can see this, I just kind of zoom it a little bit. There are a ton of tiny, bitty little pins here so these pins can get bent really, really easily. So you can see how these pins are but and SATA drive on the other hand, see how the pins are so much different. Carrie Webb: Oh, yes. Robbie Ferguson: These aren’t going to break if you can see that. So that’s SATA, a little safer. This is the IDE, tons of tiny, little pins. Those pins can get bent really easily if you're using something like a dock so typically there is not something available that just going to do that for you in the way that the blocks does. But what you can do and this is the way that I've gotten around that is using an external drive enclosure. So I’ll just grab something like, I don’t know. Let’s look at their multitaps and see if they have something. Find like an IDE external drive enclosure that will allow you to have SATA. It allow you for the one having SATA. We’ll definitely have USB 2.0 on that and you’ll be able to in that hot swap because IDE drives are not hot swappable like SATA but you’ll be able to plug it in and usually they have a power switch so that kind of mix it to hot swappable because you can turn off the plugs as long as you unmount it. Let’s just see if Thermal Take has anything for you. Let’s see, 3.5 intro solutions, so you think if you have any for IDE. This is that I'm just taking a look at here. There are the blocks. Here’s an IDE to USB 2.0 controller enclosure so there is a few here and they start at only $34.99 so that’s for 3.5 in each enclosure for notebook hard drives. Well, that’s 2.5 each so that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? But if you can find something like that what I mean is you can actually have the kind of kept apart, just used the mounting unit and that will allow you to just plug in the hard drive, turn on the power, just kind of like you see there. I'm not sure if this is specifically. You see that there is a power switch. There is a power input and there is a USB port. So as long as you don’t put the aluminum part of the chassis on that works just fine. I think it’s just type on to website because this is for 3.5 in each hard drive. Right there, they don’t really make the blocks thing for these either. Carrie Webb: Alright. Robbie Ferguson: Just kind of make sure, it’s like do what you can output you out, right? So you get one of those, take it apart because you build these things anyways. It’s just a chassis system like a mounting enclosure and then you just put a hard drive in without screen and down just connect it very carefully and fire it up. You can do it that way. Carrie Webb: Alright. Robbie Ferguson: Not ideal but it works.