Cool IDE/SATA hard drive to USB adapter

Got up early today and spent a few hours going up and down the aisles of my local Frys. Yeah, they are often expensive but it’s still one of my favorite things to do. I got a good deal on a 4GB memory stick for my new Walkman phone (Sony Ericsson W810i). I was thinking about getting a Nano, but figured this would keep me from adding yet another device. It’s a pretty sweet phone, but onto the real reason for this post…

Just stumbled onto this gem sitting on a Fry’s shelf. It’s an adapter that lets you connect virtually any bare hard drive to a computer’s USB 2.0 connection. It works with 2.5″, 3.5″, IDE and SATA drives. It works great! I’ve really had bad luck with putting drives in external cases which is what prompted me to buy this. Here’s a link. Mine says it’s made by Lantec, but this looks identical and $5 cheaper.

I used these drives to back up data for offsite storage. My server gets backed up every night, but these drives will be used for offsite backup. I just take them to work. Quick and easy. I just gotta remember to do it more often.

What’s even cooler is that the box is perfect for transporting two 3.5″ drives…in antistatic bags of course. However, I’m thinking about getting these things called “hard drive gaskets”. Looks perfect for transporting these bare 3.5″ drives. Looks like you don’t even need to take them out of the gasket to hook them up…like it was made for this…maybe they were! Link

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