Here’s the right way to handle hard drives (and their data) when using an external drive-connector kit.
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Drive-connector concerns and questions
Reader Thomas Bazzone had some doubts about the drive-connector kits discussed in the Feb. 13 Top Story, “House Call 2013 — Part 1: Sanitizing a drive.”
“I enjoyed your story about sanitizing a drive. In that story, you recommended a hardware gizmo that lets you ‘… power up and access virtually any drive from virtually any computer, via a standard USB 2.0 port.’ You suggested searching for the device online, using the phrase SATA/PATA/IDE USB 2.0 Adapter. You also gave a link to one like yours that’s sold on Amazon.
“When I researched those kits, I saw plenty of warnings that these devices damage hard drives.
“You might want to rethink your recommendation — or tell us what to look for before buying one of these gizmos. I’d like to get one so I can help my associates with system failures, but I sure don’t want the cure to be worse than the disease!”