What device will let my Laptop Hot Swap & Read both Desktop HDs and Laptop HDs?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by B__P, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. B__P

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    My primary system is my laptop.
    I have many many hard drives that have data on them that I need to
    recover - both HD's from old Desktop systems and HD's from old Laptop
    systems. The Desktop systems are MAINLY IDE but some SATA and I
    really don't now what the laptop HD's are.

    Is there something I can plug into my laptop that will let me Hot Swap
    the drives and read the all? Or if not all, what can I get that will
    let me Hot Swap and read MOST of my HD's?

    I would appreciate any help on this that you can give me.
    I am unsure what to search the net for to even look for help.

    Thank you much
    Peebles, BonnE
    B__P, Aug 18, 2009
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  2. Hot swapping older PATA (IDE) model drives was usually not supported unless
    using special chassis or enclosures such as was used in servers. With that
    said you can get an almost hot swap solution using one of the various USB to
    hard drive adaptors.

    While USB enclosures can be located to handle PATA and SATA drives of
    various sizes they usually are tailored to one specific drive type. That
    and the fact that most were not designed to be swapping drives but rather
    were designed to handle one drive and then the case gets screwed together.

    The option that I use to recover data from a drive or use a drive as a
    temporary backup and then remove and store the drive is the USB to Hard
    drive adaptor cable. Many adapter cables can handle drives of multiple
    types and sizes. One has to read the info about the adaptor to make sure it
    can handle both PATA (IDE) and SATA drives if that is your desire. Many do
    not have the necessary connector to handle the laptop sized drives as well.

    The thing to remember with the adaptor cable method is to make sure that you
    purchase one that includes the "optional" power adaptor module. The USB
    port is not able to power many of the older or larger drives by itself. The
    cheaper adaptor cables don't tell you this in the advertisements but may
    mention it in passing on the documentation, if any, that comes with the

    Here is a link to one such adapter cable can handle both the PATA and SATA
    drives of various sizes and comes with the power adapter.

    Others of various prices and capabilities can be found at;

    Note: While these adaptor cables have multiple connectors they can only be
    hooked to one drive at a time. Not all kits are the same, some do not come
    supplied with all required power adapter cables/plugs for both IDE and SATA
    but just one or the other, expecting you to supply what is missing.
    GlowingBlueMist, Aug 19, 2009
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