[BCAB] Connecting Hard Drive Externally, Further Question

Ben Mustill-Rose ben at benmr.com
Tue Aug 9 20:33:26 BST 2016


Assuming you only want to access laptop drives a power supply is not
required as the converter will just draw power from USB. If you might
be accessing desktop drives then yes, a device that includes a power
supply would be a better option.


On 8/9/16, Mobeen Iqbal <mobeeniqbal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Ger.
> The device ben recommended does not come with a power supply. The
> following device will serve you better as it comes with a power supply
> and can read both sata and ide drives, so you're well and truly covered.
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Additions%C2%AE-Drive-Docking-Station/dp/B005X75SQ6/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1470770420&sr=1-2&keywords=sata+ide+dock
> If you remove the dell connector if the drive is using one, then yes it
> should work fine for you.
> cheers,
> Mo.
> On 09/08/2016 20:01, Gerard Sadlier wrote:
>> Mo, Ben and George,
>> Thank you all for your very helpful feedback.
>> Ideally, I'd like to connect the drive myself because:
>> 1. If I did, I might use it for backing up some files that aren't
>> critically important, if it's working; and
>> 2. There may be another couple of drives from other old laptops I
>> could do the same to.
>> The product Ben helpfully referred me to looks like it would fit my
>> needs really well but I had a couple of questions:
>> 1. If what Mo says about old Dell machines is right, would the device
>> Ben linked to work for me?
>> By way of reminder, Mo said: "Dell used to use their own connectors
>> that slotted on to an existing hard drives sata or ide connector.
>> That's why I am asking what the specific model is."
>> 2. The device Ben referred me to says that no power supply is
>> included. How am I to get power to the hard drive, so it will operate.
>> Sorry if these questions are obvious and thanks again for all your help.
>> The link to the device Ben mentioned is here:
>> https://www.amazon.co.uk/AKORD%C2%AE-Drive-Reader-Convertor-Adapter/dp/B00EQ7UEK4/ref=sr_1_3?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1470657420&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+ide
>> Thanks
>> Ger
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