I am no IT expert but have a Seagate hard drive taken from an old computer & would like to use it as an external backup. Looking at adverts etc there are many ide to usb leads but is it as simple as buying one of these, plugging it into the back of the drive connecting to usb port & away I go. Any advice would be appreciated.
Try EASY IDE. click here You do not need a caddy or anything else.
Place the Hard drive on the desk in front of you. Plug the IDE device into the "IDE cable slot" on the drive then plug the usb cable into your USB Port and the power plug into the power socket on the Easy IDE device. Plug in the main power adapter into the wall socket and away you go. It' a dodle. No caddies or anything else needed.
I've just got myself a 3.5" enclosure which looks very similar to the one in LastChip's tutorial link, and I'm very happy with it.
For me it was even simpler than the tutorial might suggest -- the leaflet that came with the enclosure told me to set the HDD jumper to Master, so that's what I did. And no formatting was needed after the HDD was installed, so I was able to right away recover data that had previously been stored on the HDD when it was the C:\ drive in my old PC which had died.
Of course, if you're using a new unformatted HDD you'll have to go through the formatting routine when it's installed.
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