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    External hard disk case

    I would like to buy an external hard disk enclosure/case into which I could insert any of the disk types currently available at work, namely PATA, SATA or SATA-II, and be able to connect the resultant external disk via a USB2 interface to any computer. This would normally be for occasional debugging/data recovery/reformatting purposes, and performance is pretty irrelevant.

    But faced with an enormous range of possibilities like these here, I'm not sure what I should be looking for.

    Pretty obviously the external disk enclosure must have its own power supply, and there would have to be a disk controller card inside which copes with the required range of disks, and has the correct power and data connectors, but is there anything else that I should be checking on?

    This can't be an unusual requirement, and it's probably just unusual that I've never really had to do it before last week, when I had to attach a PATA disk into an ancient PC which fortunately had a spare power connector and socket on the flat ribbon cable...

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    Re: External hard disk case

    I just started playing with these. I have two for IDE drives and one for SATA. The one I have for IDE drives is basically an empty box, with a standard looking connectors inside, and a power brick and USB connector outside. There is also some strange pin connectors that connect to the outside dip switches. I am assuming that this is so you can switch Master/Salve/Cable Select modes without opening up the case.

    One I have tried for SATA drives doesn't work properly. I just get a "usb device unrecognized."

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    Re: External hard disk case

    Have you taken a look at <!profile=Pilgrim>Pilgrim<!/profile>'s adventure in these two threads? ( <post:=611,127>post 611,127</post:> and <post:=619,249>post 619,249</post:> ) He mentions this one: Thermaltake A2395 Silver River DUO Enclosure

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    Re: External hard disk case

    I don't think that manufacturer made it across the pond, I'm afraid, Al!

    I will have to explore further, but having looked through the complete list of possibilities in my link, I found just two that seems to support PATA and SATA, but that was as far as they went. The difficulty is the lack of detailed information...

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    Re: External hard disk case

    <hr>I don't think that manufacturer made it across the pond, I'm afraid, Al!<hr>
    Try here
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