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Make a removable IDE HD plug & play
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kestrel
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November 12, 2008 - 10:32 am
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My desktop (XP) has a removable (D:) HD cassette but whenever I swap HD cassettes, I have to reboot. Is there any way to make this HD USB so it will plug and play?
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Chad Johnson
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November 12, 2008 - 10:27 pm
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HD....Hard drive?

if you're using this solely for data storage and not for booting, there are enclosures that can make an IDE drive into a USB drive.

However, they are hit or miss. I had to go through three or four before I found one that worked consistently, then my son decided it would make a great tinker toy (it didn't).

Here's a link to tigerdirect.com with what you are looking for:

[url:plyoz82q]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=hd+enclosures&searchbtn.x=0&searchbtn.y=0[/url:plyoz82q]

Best of luck. because of my spotty luck with them, I do not have a specific brand that I would recommend. Hopefully someone else here will have had better luck than I have had.

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Thanks Ziggie
I too found several USB external enclosures for a hard drive. I was hoping to find some way to do this internally. I did find a unit that computer techs use to test hard drives externally that I could install internally but I have been told they do not hold up very well.
Guess I'll just load that drive bay with a large GB drive and leave it for storage and back ups.
Thanks for your help.
Kestrel

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Chad Johnson
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ah, i see what you're trying to do, and I don't think it will work unless you want to move to SATA.

I don't think IDE and hot swappable go together...

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Unfortunately you won't be able to do this without USB or SATA, and USB would be a pain to implement in an internal fashion. SATA cards are cheap, unfortunately you would need new drives, cages, and a backplane.

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so guys what could be the best items to build up with plug & play feature.
I'm also planning my own

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