external HDD docking stations

  De Nada 16:20 17 Nov 2010

I am looking to buy a decent docking station for two IDE hard drives,i have them in my old pc and would like to make use of them without installing them on my new machine,i dont really want the enclosure option.thanks

  GaT7 18:55 17 Nov 2010

Here's one click here, but expensive at £33 +PP, & can only hold one IDE drive at a time.

If you have spare internal HDD mounts in your present PC, why don't you install them inside the case?

Another option, if you have two spare 3.5" external bays, is to get couple of these click here. They fit flush into a 3.5"/optical drive bay, so nothing sticks out. You'll cry if you see the price of an equivalent SATA one click here. You may find the IDE ones cheaper elsewhere though - try Amazon or eBay. G

  De Nada 19:42 17 Nov 2010

Looked on amazon and there was a couple of items there,i opted for one that just inserts onto the hard drive pins,it has its own power supply,it is not a docking station as such but does what i need,thanks again.

  GaT7 19:47 17 Nov 2010

Do you have a link please De Nada? Might get one myself if it's priced reasonably. Ta, G

  De Nada 19:56 17 Nov 2010
  GaT7 20:08 17 Nov 2010

Thanks, I found it for £1 less at Play click here.

I guess this was the cheaper one for ~£10 click here. G

  john bunyan 10:32 18 Nov 2010

Maplin do one with a card reader included: £29.99

click here

  GaT7 10:37 18 Nov 2010

That's a SATA one jb - he was after an IDE one.

The IDE one is £50 at Maplin click here. G

  john bunyan 14:22 18 Nov 2010

sorry - well spotted

  De Nada 15:51 18 Nov 2010

Thanks for replies,no the cheaper one was the same company a bit further the amazon page, on sale for £14-99 but i thought i would go for the dearer one,

  De Nada 19:56 21 Nov 2010

Just a quick update,postman delivered the IDE station and it works wonderfully,i just hooked it up as per the instructions and away it went,i tried it first on an old 40gb hard drive that i had in cupboard for over three years,within seconds it was on the screen working,brilliant.

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