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?

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

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:


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