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Old 06-27-2004, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it possible to connect a desktop IDE device like a hard drive or an optical drive to a laptop? Are there any adapters that allow me to connect can IDE cable to a USB or Firewire port on my laptop and use the IDE drive like an external device?
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Old 06-27-2004, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes their is. For instance on hard drives they make external bays for internal hard drives. So you can make an internal hard drive external. I am pretty sure they around 50 bucks and make it either usb or firewire.

Edit: THey are actually available for anything and come for any size drive. Go here on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/app/manufactor...alog=92&DEPA=0
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Thanks for the link, this is just what I needed.
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Glad to help i found out about them at the same time. lol
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If I do put an IDE hard drive in an external enclosure, will the speed of the drive be reduced because it is external?

Edit: Would this adapter serve the same function as an external enclosure? If so, what would be the difference between using the adapter and an external enclosure?
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yes but that leaves your drives exposed and can be easily damaged that way.
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