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Chris 2

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I have a computer repair business. I once saw someone who had a kit they could use to instantly transform any type of hard drive into an external usb drive. It looked like a little black box with a usb wire coming out of one end and whole bunch of other types of hookups coming out of the other end like firewire, ide, ect... It seemed like a really useful tool. Something which I could use if a computer wouldn't even boot up, but I wanted a quick way to backup a bunch of files out of someones my documents folder for example. I could just plug their drive into my computer as an external drive and instantly be able to grab the files off it no matter what type of hard drive it was. I have tried to scour google for what this device is called or where I could find one, but have not been successful. Does anyone here know of a website I could buy one of these at? Or what it's even called for that matter? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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It's called hard drive enclosure. Most electronic stores have them for about $20, and up.
There are two types, one for laptop drives, one for desktop drives.
Also in 3 flavors, for IDE drives, for SATA drives, or both (it comes with two sets of cables).
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Today's External Enclosures Deals

Hard Drive Enclosures

My two favorate places. I'm sure you'll find what you want.
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I suspect that you are looking for an USB to IDE/SATA adapter, something like:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822999161
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812156101
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812197004
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822999161
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812226001
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812156017
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812156015
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16812119152

Search for "usb drive ide adapter" pr converter. I like newegg.com, so that is the site that I used to show you some of the items which I found, but you can look at anyplace which you happen to like and see which one fits your needs. You do have to ignore the enclosures though :-).
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Thank you all for those speedy replies. I kind of already knew I could make a drive external with an enclosure, but I was looking more for something that would work on the fly and is easy to undo afterward... So I think the one with the link to newegg is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Anyway thanks again you all have saved me a lot of time on google, this is perfect. I'll have to wip out the old credit card now and order one. Talk to you all later. This is a great forum. :)
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I bought one long ago from NewEgg and it is just great.
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