read a desktop harddrive

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
read a desktop harddrive

what type of enclosure is needed

are there different types of desktop harddrives
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    by:Dave Baldwin
    I use an external USB enclosure with it's own power supply.  Occasionally I put the drive in another computer as a second drive.  Or if I need to read a Windows drive without the operating system interfering, I use one of the Linux Live CDs in the same computer with the drive.
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    You don't need any enclosure. Just connect it to either a free IDE connection or free SATA port inside your PC, depending on the type of drive it is. Using this method is better than using a USB device, as you don't include another point of failure.

    There are different types of desktop drives. Since about 5 years SATA drives are usually used. Before that IDE drives were the most common, and a little earlier SCSI drives were used in "Highend" workstations. Today you might also find SAS drives in highend workstations, but they are more common in servers as they are expensive. For SAS and SCSI drives you'd need an SAS or SCSI controller in order to attach them to a PC.

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    Since about 5 years SATA drives are usually used. Before that IDE drives were the most common, and a little earlier SCSI drives were used in "Highend" workstations.

    so it is either of these
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    I'd rule out SCSI as also they were more often used in servers than in PC's.
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    You can tell what kind of drive you have by looking up the drive model in the manufacturer's website, or by looking at the connector next to the power plug.




    Save yourself some money and hook up the drive directly to the motherboard.

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