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    Help! Looking for External Hard Drive Enclosure

    I have a spare Maxtor 120GB SATA Hard Drive knocking about and need to put it in an External Case to run some backups and serious data transfers. I would like to have Firewire and or USB interfaces for preference. I have googled and oogled but not found anything in the UK. Addonics do a SATA to IDE interface http://www.addonics.com/products/io/adsaide.asp and I am trying to source one in the UK.

    In the mean time - anyone seen anything suitable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidstone28
    Thanks for the reply - sadly I am back to square one as none of the products you suggested do what I would like. I came up with the same Google search btw and variants thereof. What I would like is an external box as follows:

    Internal SATA Drive (NOT IDE) -> Firewire/USB external interface.

    Most boxes that take a SATA internal drive, that I have seen, only external SATA interface. If you haven't seen one or if you think this is not feasible then let me know also! Thanks in advance...

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    Good problem - but I don't think i've seen any that will do the conversion. Basically as you'd need to incorperate a SATA to USB2/Firewire interface inside the Caddy, and that'd add a fair bit to the cost.

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    De ja vu - there have been a couple of threads on this subject previously...


    e.g. this one

    Basically - nothing on the market at the moment.

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    Nushuttle, Valueplus (a Korean outfit) make one, their model SPIO352-SUS. As to where to actually get it, I've only found it on US sites, and usually ones that don't ship internationally. Best of luck.

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    Good find. NuShuttle - let us know if you manage to get hold of one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DsW
    Good find. NuShuttle - let us know if you manage to get hold of one.
    Many thanks for the replies. I think I am going to go with an adapter, assuming I can get hold of this one from Addonics. I have contacted their UK distributers so we shall see. I should then be able to choose any external hard drive case, probably an Icy Box. Will let you know.

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    IcyBox's are nice looking things - tempted to get one myself

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    What about using a SATA Backplate and the IB-350StS-BL?

    The IB-350StS-BL can take SATA drives and has a SATA interface, so you can plug it into the SATA Backplate. Hey presto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen
    What about using a SATA Backplate and the IB-350StS-BL?

    The IB-350StS-BL can take SATA drives and has a SATA interface, so you can plug it into the SATA Backplate. Hey presto.
    Good idea - but don't think it'll work with my laptop or my clients! This is the main reason for problem - finding a universal device. I suppose I could just buy a bloody IDE drive... would be quicker than all this messing around

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    Ahh, you didn't mention a Laptop! Or did you?

    Hmm, in that case, you'd be better off either trading your SATA for a PATA if anyone's willing to do it, or just buy a PATA drive and use your SATA drive somewhere else...

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    Try this link as they have the lot

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...Thumbnails=yes

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    Talking Got It!

    Hi all

    Quick update, I emailed NextCom Europe, who are the UK distributors of the SATA to IDE interface http://www.addonics.com/products/io/adsaide.asp. Price was £30.50 inclusive of VAT and delivery to UK address. They will accept cheque, credit card (via Paypal) and bank transfer and were an absolute pleasure to deal with, 'big-up' to Gordon

    Orders can be sent to: sales@easydatastorage.com, stock number is ADSAIDE (SATA - IDE Converter).

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    Excellent; really glad you found a good solution, and a helpful company.

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