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How to transfer data from hard drive to Mac/PC
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RobOnTheCape
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Aug 29, 2010, 10:28 AM
 
I have a few old hard drives, at least two are in good working order, and I want to get some info off of them. What is the best way? I heard that there is a component where I can simply plug the drives into this box, and then plug the cable it is attached to into my machine. The few online store agents couldn't help me on this.

Any ideas?

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Aug 29, 2010, 10:54 AM
 
I have a kingwin ez dock 2 that works well for me. Takes sata drives (2.5 & 3.5") easily, then USB 2.0 into any computer. Much easier than dealing with single drive enclosures.
     
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Aug 29, 2010, 12:22 PM
 
Are these SATA or IDE drives? If they're SATA, I'll throw in a recommendation for the Thermaltake BlacX Docking station. I've been using this model for a few years now and it's been great!

If they are IDE drives, I'm not sure what kind of options are available.
     
RobOnTheCape  (op)
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Aug 29, 2010, 12:31 PM
 
II believe SAT. Two are from older mac laptops, while one is from a fairly recent pc laptop.
     
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Aug 29, 2010, 02:00 PM
 
For some reason, I was expecting them to be old SCSI drives. Now that would be a challenge.
     
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Aug 31, 2010, 10:53 PM
 
I like the simple usb/SATA adapter, and several models are USB/SATA/IDE adapters. THey plug up, and you do what you need. No fancy dock, no enclosure, but if it's just to do a quick backup, or to pull some data off of it, they work in a pinch.

Click here to see some of these on Google Shopping.
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