I went to a computer fair yesterday and noticed there were several stalls selling USB 2 Hard Drive Cases for enclosing an ordinary IDE drive. They appeared to contain some electronics to convert the drive connections to USB 2.0.
Has anyone any experience of these cases and are they successful, in particular do they have any detrimental effect on speed or anything?
One of the stall holders told me that as USB is faster than an IDE drive there would be no drop in performance.
They cost about £30 and 160 Gb drives were going for £80 so that appears good value to get a 160 Gb external drive for £110?
They are handy to use, if you don't want to open up your computer case or if you need to swap external drives.
"No drop in performance" - I doubt it, because USB2 has its own overheads, and the IDE to USB2 interface will just add to that. That shouldn't stop you from getting it if you do need an external caddy. But if you are going to use the hard disk just like an ordinary second drive, you're always better off installing it internally.
Also, check the specifications for the hard disk that is being sold with the caddy.
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