Connector - USB connection to a ribbon cable + HD


J

jvalh

Hello Experts,

Recently a computer I had went belly up and I now have a new computer.
From the belly-up computer I have removed the HD with the ribbon cable
attached to it. Does anyone know of a connector that would connect the
plug on that ribbon cable to a USB socket on the new computer?

Most likely the contents of the external HD could then be seen and/or
copied by the new computer.

Another tougher Q: If the connection is made could a Windows
installation on that external HD be run on the computer?

Could a SATA HD be used in the same way as the plain old HD?

TIA and a great week to you all :)
 
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K

Ken Blake

Hello Experts,

Recently a computer I had went belly up and I now have a new computer.
From the belly-up computer I have removed the HD with the ribbon cable
attached to it. Does anyone know of a connector that would connect the
plug on that ribbon cable to a USB socket on the new computer?

Sure. There are many. Here's just one:

http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NST-36...D0/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1298917222&sr=8-13

or http://tinyurl.com/5tj4ypy

Most likely the contents of the external HD could then be seen and/or
copied by the new computer.

Yes.


Another tougher Q: If the connection is made could a Windows
installation on that external HD be run on the computer?

No, it can't.


Could a SATA HD be used in the same way as the plain old HD?

Yes, but you need a different enclosure--a SATA enclosure, not an IDE
one.
 
V

VanguardLH

jvalh said:
Recently a computer I had went belly up and I now have a new computer.
From the belly-up computer I have removed the HD with the ribbon cable
attached to it. Does anyone know of a connector that would connect the
plug on that ribbon cable to a USB socket on the new computer?

Most likely the contents of the external HD could then be seen and/or
copied by the new computer.

Another tougher Q: If the connection is made could a Windows
installation on that external HD be run on the computer?

Could a SATA HD be used in the same way as the plain old HD?
By "ribbon cable", does that mean it is an IDE (ATA) hard disk? Your
brand new Advent computer doesn't have IDE ports on the motherboard? If
not, you can either purchase an IDE daughtercard to slide into a PCI
slot inside your new computer or go buy an external hard disk enclosure
which has connection types equal to those on your new computer. You
might only have USB so the enclosure would need that port type. You
might have an e-SATA port (which is faster than USB) on your new
computer so get an enclosure that has that connection type. Get both
connection types on the enclosure to give you the most adaptability.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...der=BESTMATCH&Description=ide+controller+card

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&name=External-Enclosures
Narrow down by the drive size, then narrow by IDE interface (or SATA+IDE
so you can update later).

You posted the same question in other newsgroups but MULTI-posted they
are disconnected. Learn to cross-post:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting
http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/usenet/xpost.html
 
P

Paul

jvalh said:
Hello Experts,

Recently a computer I had went belly up and I now have a new computer.
From the belly-up computer I have removed the HD with the ribbon cable
attached to it. Does anyone know of a connector that would connect the
plug on that ribbon cable to a USB socket on the new computer?

Most likely the contents of the external HD could then be seen and/or
copied by the new computer.

Another tougher Q: If the connection is made could a Windows
installation on that external HD be run on the computer?

Could a SATA HD be used in the same way as the plain old HD?

TIA and a great week to you all :)
If you get one of these, it handles more kinds of drives. And it's
intended for temporary hard drive usage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

With that style of adapter, the adapter plug goes right into the
back of the drive. The IDE hard drive is male, the adapter has female
plugs on it. You do not need the ribbon cable, while using this
style of adapter. If you want to jumper the hard drive, jumper it to
"Master", or in the case of a Western Digital brand hard drive,
jumper to "Master Only". The accompanying instructions for the
USE to IDE adapter, will usually indicate the desired jumper
setting. Master should work.

http://www.satacables.com/SATA-Hard-Drive-to-usb-adapter/sata-ide-adapter-02.jpg

There is room next to the adapter, to make way for the power cable
from the included power adapter. You connect the dongle, plus you
connect a source of power to the Molex 1x4.

You can see the included power adapter, power cable that plugs
into the drive and so on, in this picture. The mini-CD is
not needed. Windows has USB storage class drivers already.
The mini-CD might be needed, if the host computer with USB
ports on it was running Windows 98. For a lot of more modern
OSes, the driver needed is already in the OS.

http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/12-232-002-S06?$S640W$

Paul
 
J

jvalh

Paul said:
If you get one of these, it handles more kinds of drives. And it's
intended for temporary hard drive usage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

With that style of adapter, the adapter plug goes right into the
back of the drive. The IDE hard drive is male, the adapter has female
plugs on it. You do not need the ribbon cable, while using this
style of adapter. If you want to jumper the hard drive, jumper it to
"Master", or in the case of a Western Digital brand hard drive,
jumper to "Master Only". The accompanying instructions for the
USE to IDE adapter, will usually indicate the desired jumper
setting. Master should work.

http://www.satacables.com/SATA-Hard-Drive-to-usb-adapter/sata-ide-adapter-02.jpg


There is room next to the adapter, to make way for the power cable
from the included power adapter. You connect the dongle, plus you
connect a source of power to the Molex 1x4.

You can see the included power adapter, power cable that plugs
into the drive and so on, in this picture. The mini-CD is
not needed. Windows has USB storage class drivers already.
The mini-CD might be needed, if the host computer with USB
ports on it was running Windows 98. For a lot of more modern
OSes, the driver needed is already in the OS.

http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/12-232-002-S06?$S640W$

Paul
Thanks guys, you are mines of information. If I had Nobel Prizes around
I'd give them to you :)
 
T

Tim Slattery

jvalh said:
Hello Experts,

Recently a computer I had went belly up and I now have a new computer.
From the belly-up computer I have removed the HD with the ribbon cable
attached to it. Does anyone know of a connector that would connect the
plug on that ribbon cable to a USB socket on the new computer?
Here's one that will attach to an IDE, SATA or notebook-type hard
drive, and offer a USB connection to your computer.

http://www.newertech.com/images/hr/NWTU2NVSPATA.pdf
 
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