Pluscom 3.5" IDE to USB 2.0 review

A cheap and effective way of re-using any old HDDs you may have lying about

Pluscom 3.5" IDE to USB 2.0
Simply screw a HDD into the case and you can create an external HDD from your old drives

TechRadar Verdict

A good choice for those looking to use an old internal drive as an external storage solution


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    Nice design

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    Good for old HDDs

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    Very useful


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    Slower than being internal

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External hard drives that connect to your PC via a USB port are a good choice for backup, so long as you accept that they'll be slower than an internal drive.

However, if you happen to have any old internal IDE or SATA drives hanging around there's a much cheaper solution.

This device converts your old disk into an external USB drive. Just configure your disk as a master, connect up the power and data cables and screw the disk into the case to create an external hard disk.

This is a good solution for laptops, but for a desktop PC an alternative is the 'mobile rack', available from the same supplier for £7.75. This turns the disk into a removable internal drive that operates at its full native speed and with no limit on the disk capacity.

In reality, old disks will often be a bit smaller than the disk in your PC, but that probably won't matter unless you want to make disk images.