IDE Enclosures

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  1. ricardoflamingo, May 2, 2013
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    ricardoflamingo macrumors member

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    A friend gave me several ide hhd's. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive multi-bay enclosure for these?
    Usb would be fine, just going to use them for back-up purposes so speed is not an issue.
    Thanks.
    These are all 3.5" drives.
     
  2. drsox, May 2, 2013
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    When I used to have IDE drives, I bought a single drive IDE-USB enclosure from icy dock. Ebay has lots of options - see : http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trk...R9.TRC1&_nkw=ide+enclosure&_sacat=0&_from=R40
    I haven't used this in OSX so I don't know if the drivers for the conversion PCB work well in OSX.
     
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    IDE is pretty old. Are they large enough to even salvage or invest more for an interface? I've bought 2TB USB drives for $69.

    /Jim
     
  7. ColdCase, May 7, 2013
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    Well here is one, inexpensive? Depends on your POV. Multi bay enclosures for any type of drive seem to be expensive:

    http://www.starmount.co.uk/products/307.html

    and another one:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Bay-IDE-P...US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item3a4f85831a

    Here's an 8 bay enclosure:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-bay-IDE-t...US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item48476a6c69

    The best option may still be buying several $15-$25 powered enclosures, duct tape them together and connect to a USB hub.. or just pitch the IDEs and buy new drives.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    If you don't plan on having these drives "always online" -- that is to say, if you just intend to hook them up and use them occassionally -- you might look into a "USB/IDE/SATA dongle" cable.

    This is the one I use:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119152

    These aren't as elegant as a "boxed" solution, but they do work well enough and can get you connected without much trouble...
     

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