Connecting a Hard Drive via a caddy

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Thor, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Thor

    Thor Guest

    There are lots of external drive enclosures available for 3.5" drives. Go to for example and they have them. Alternatively, cables2go
    makes a cool USB interface cable that connects directly to the drive's IDE
    connector, and also a has power supply included, so you can simply plug the
    cable right into the drive, and into your USB ports on the new computer.
    With that, you don't even need to mount the drive into an enclosure, if you
    just want a quick temporary connection to get your data. Still, unless
    Compaq is threatening to void your warranty by opening the case (which would
    be a despicable policy), you can install the old drive in the new machine
    temporarily, by just disconnecting the CD/DVD drive cables and connecting
    them to the old harddrive (make sure the cables are oriented the same way)
    andmake sure the harddrive is laying on something stable, and insulated.
    Power upthe computer and then drag/drop the files from the old harddrive to
    the new one. Shut down, reconnect the CD/DVD drive, put the cover back on,
    and your done.

    Thor, Oct 27, 2004
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    me Guest

    Hi group,

    I have my old hard drive from my previous PC,and i would like to access the
    files on it without having to install it inside my current PC.(Which
    apparently i cant anyway becasue it's a Compaq and you have to go through
    them to do upgrades.)

    I read on a forum that i can get a disk caddy which i can hook it to,power
    it up externally and connect it to my current PC via USB cable.
    I tried looking online for these caddies but i can only seem to see ones for
    laptop HD's. Can anyone suggest what i would need to do this,and what type
    of cable i would need?

    The Hard drive in question is a Maxtor 541DX,and under "Model" it says
    2B020H1 (not sure if the 0's in that code are alphabet O's or Zero's)

    Also,the hard drive has Windows 98 OS on it,whilst my current PC runs
    XP.Will there be any conflict while trying to view the files on the Maxtor?

    I have posted this request in a couple of other relevant groups also.
    thanks in advance for any replies

    me, Oct 27, 2004
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    Thagor Guest

    Here's one to set you specs on:
    Thagor, Oct 28, 2004
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    me Guest

    Thanks for the ideas guys,i'm going to look into that in more detail !!

    me, Oct 28, 2004
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    me Guest

    Actually i have another question.Once i have got the files i need accross
    from the old drive(I'll probably get an enclosure for it),i may want to get
    a new drive to put in the enclosure,and just use it for external
    storage.OK,do i have to format this new drive the same way as if i were
    formatting drive C for example ?

    thanks again
    me, Oct 28, 2004
  6. Thor

    Thagor Guest

    Yes. Temperarily Hook it up directly to the computer and do the
    partitioning/format just as you would a normal internal IDE drive. Then
    install it in the case, (without covers) and hook it up to USB to verify
    that it works. Note that you can make the drive ready through the USB
    port control but for the first time I always go direct to IDE cable as a
    personal preference.
    Thagor, Oct 29, 2004
  7. Thor

    Thagor Guest

    You got it. Just make sure you partition and format the correct drive if
    you have more than one attached to the system.
    Thagor, Oct 29, 2004
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    me Guest

    Thanks,so once it's formatted,i just put the original one back in and it'll
    work like nothing happened?
    Then just take the newly formatted one and use it via the USB?

    me, Oct 29, 2004
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    Robert Baer Guest

    And a direct IDE connection is a *LOT* faster!
    I have all of my drives in removeable carriers, the main master HD is
    connected as Primary Master, with the second bay as Secondary Master.
    About once a week, i "backup" the main master by cloning to another HD
    (same size) in the second bay.
    When done, it is removed and stored in a safe place.
    4 times over a 10 year period, i have used a copy to replace a dead or
    dying main master.
    That copy then becomes the main master, and i buy a replacement for
    clone copy use.
    I even have extra drives for other OSes.
    Robert Baer, Oct 29, 2004
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    Thor Guest

    if you are speaking in terms of mere throughput, it's not that much faster
    than an external USB 2.0 drive. USB 2.0 is capable of 60MB/sec throughput. I
    find that my external USB 2.0 drives tend to respond and perform almost as
    fast as my internal ATA-100 drives when transferring data to and from
    various drives.
    Thor, Oct 29, 2004
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    me Guest

    Plus the USB-based drive is only going to be a secondary storage unit
    anyway,mainly for storing videos temporarily and keep the space free on my
    main C drive.

    Thor,the drive i have on my PC now is an supposedly 80 gig,I have C and D
    drives on it,C is NTFS and is 67 gigs,and D is FAT32 and is 8 gigs (I dont
    know how they work out that to be 80gig,but there you go.) So does that mean
    that it is one drive that is partitioned? I dont really undertand the
    importance of that,I've never had to format a hard drive,someone else has
    always done it for me.
    Why didnt they just leave it all as C drive instead of splitting it up? I
    never use the D drive.

    me, Oct 29, 2004
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    derek / nul Guest

    I wish for speed like that, I can only get 20MB/s (with an 80GB drive)
    derek / nul, Oct 30, 2004
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    Thor Guest

    Thor,the drive i have on my PC now is an supposedly 80 gig,I have C and D
    it's the difference in two methods of how the drive's capacity is
    determined. The drive manufacturer measures capacity using Base 10
    calculation (for example 1GB=1000MB) but software usually displays capacity
    and memory using Base 2 binary calculation (1GB=1024MB). So a drive that is
    advertised as 80GB is measured as ~74GB by the operating system software in
    most cases.
    most likely, the smaller second partition is a repository for a factory
    system recovery file archive. Very commonplace with factory-built PCs. When
    you run the system recovery, the files archived on that partition are used
    to reconstruct the software to a factory original configuration. This makes
    the recovery process much quicker, but the downfall is that if the harddrive
    fails, you lose the recovery files. A good manufacturer would supply CDs in
    place of, or in addition to a harddrive-based recovery system, just in case
    of a harddrive failure. Some manufacturers (like HP) usually do not.
    Thor, Oct 30, 2004
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    me Guest

    Well considering that this is a Compaq bought through HP .......

    Also, i checked out the files on D and it does contain the recovery files..

    On D there is 5.9 gb free space,but as it is in FAt32,is it advisable that i
    shouldnt use this for saving.storing files,or would it not matter?I wasnt
    sure so i never used it to save anything.

    me, Oct 30, 2004
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    Robert Baer Guest

    I found the relative speed to be 2-3 times slower, especially on
    *large* files.
    Robert Baer, Oct 30, 2004
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    Trent© Guest

    Or simply use an IDE caddy.

    Have a nice one...


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    Trent©, Oct 31, 2004
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    Robert Baer Guest

    Ayie-yup! Jess whut eye dew!
    Robert Baer, Nov 1, 2004
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    Thor Guest

    I don't prefer them.
    Thor, Nov 1, 2004
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    HF Guest

    Ebuyer have got them - just bought one - has it's own power supply.
    HF, Nov 8, 2004
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