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LolaBelle
Aug 12, 2014

How to connect IDE hard drive to modern laptop?

I have an old IDE HDD from an old computer that I had in college. I’d like to pull the files off of it and save them to my current PC and the cloud. The problem is that my PC has a SATA connection, so I have no idea how to connect an IDE drive to it. Anyone know?

jimlynch
08/15/2014
Looks like you've already got a good answer for this. HowStuffWorks has an article that might be of interest to you though:

How IDE Controllers Work
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ide.htm
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KE6GBU_tw498410684
08/12/2014

You can use an external enclosure.  You remove the hard-disk from the old computer, connect it to one of these, connect the other end (typically USB) to your new computer. 

 

Here is an example enclosure on Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707116

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