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Hi, I'm new to the whole hardware scene and want to make a simple cable for my first project.  What I want is to make a cable that will convert IDE to USB so i can use internal IDE drives on my laptop.  Can anyone point me in the right direction, I have googled and all I find is premade stuff.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

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(Takes it to the highest level) There isn't a way to 'convert' IDE to USB. Instead what has to be done is have a IDE controller sit in between the hard drive and the computer. So you have a line of communication like so: Computer > IDE Controller > Hard drive

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A review: http://techgage.com/article/vantec_sataide_to_usb_adapter/

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Doesn't look like something I want laying next to my laptop. If you were that hard up for a hard drive for your laptop, just find a USB hard drive to begin with. It might make an interesting mod if it could be pulled off, but its not one I would want to try when it comes to something like a hard drive that would have important data on it.

Something like a game console with making your own controllers, etc, where you can just junk your parts if you mess up is fine, but you goof on a HD and your out some big moola.

EDIT: you could also look at: http://www.addonics.com/products/io/adideu2.asp for more ways to try this.

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A review: http://techgage.com/article/vantec_sataide_to_usb_adapter/

vusbsata_01_thumb.jpg

Doesn't look like something I want laying next to my laptop. If you were that hard up for a hard drive for your laptop, just find a USB hard drive to begin with. It might make an interesting mod if it could be pulled off, but its not one I would want to try when it comes to something like a hard drive that would have important data on it.

I love those cables, they make my life a hell of a lot simpler when I am "fixing" oher peoples PC's ( ie; backup >format> reinstall) I just pop in the cable and copy the data to a disk . I also use them because the 3.5 HDD's are cheaper the the lappy drives , and I have a ton of crap to put on them.

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