IDE docking/cradle?

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Joined: 08/14/2005
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I have a few IDE hard drives sitting around that have previously crashed or just out of old computers that still have data on them. Is there some sort of docking station that can connect my IDE HD via USB or ethernet? This PC is pretty old.. the mobo is an ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4S-LA REV 1.xx so I don't have eSATA :(

I've seen things like the Thermaltake BlacX, but thats just for SATA. Then I also have seen adapters that could connect IDE straight to a USB, but what I'm looking for is some type of dock. Also, it would be great if there was one that could take IDE and SATA/SATAII.

Anyone know of a product like this?


Oh and I forgot to mention, would I be able to hotswap the drive?

Andreas Hofer
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Joined: 10/31/2009
Posts: 121

I have solved a similar issue by taking an old external HDD apart and using the connectors - works quite well.

Later I have discovered an interface converter from Scythe called the "Kama Connect 2". You can plug in S-ATA  and  EIDE drives (2.5" and 3.5").

Link to Scythe:

Works pretty well and comes with an external power supply unit so you only need to connect the USB-cable to your pc and you're ready to go.

I've bought it from a local reseller for 32€