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Billy T
13-06-2012, 12:45 PM
Hi Team

My old DSE ATA to USB enclosure has died and I still have a number of ATA discs that I need to access from time to time.

Is it still possible to buy such an adapter these days, and if so, where would one find it? As an alternative, if anybody has one they'd like to sell I'd be interested.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

wainuitech
13-06-2012, 01:05 PM
Something like This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=362127) or This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=368105) I use them all the time. Or buy another enclosure to fit the drives, 2.5 or 3.5" you still can buy IDE enclosures, most real computer shops will have them.

Bobh
13-06-2012, 01:18 PM
Jaycars (http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productResults.asp?keywords=ata+to+usb&keyform=KEYWORD&SUBMIT.x=22&SUBMIT.y=9) maybe.

CliveM
13-06-2012, 01:55 PM
Something like This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=362127) or This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=368105) I use them all the time. Or buy another enclosure to fit the drives, 2.5 or 3.5" you still can buy IDE enclosures, most real computer shops will have them.
I have the one in the first link. Works great.

gary67
13-06-2012, 01:57 PM
I have the one in the first link. Works great.

+1

Billy T
13-06-2012, 07:33 PM
Something like This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=362127) or This (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=368105) I use them all the time.

I've taken a look at Ascent's website and I like that unit, but it appears that you have to provide the supply voltage separately. Is that right? If so it is not a problem as the DSE unit still provides the necessary power, it is only the ATA interface electronics that gave up the ghost.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

CliveM
13-06-2012, 08:16 PM
I've taken a look at Ascent's website and I like that unit, but it appears that you have to provide the supply voltage separately. Is that right? If so it is not a problem as the DSE unit still provides the necessary power, it is only the ATA interface electronics that gave up the ghost.

Cheers
Billy 8-{)

Power supply comes with it. I like this unit because not only does it do the job the whole thing is small and is easy to store when not required.

Billy T
13-06-2012, 08:41 PM
I'm convinced!

I'll be in for one of those! :thumbs:

Cheers

Billy

wuppo
13-06-2012, 09:18 PM
Have a look on trademe "IDE to USB" - from $6 + freight

Billy T
13-06-2012, 10:54 PM
Have a look on trademe "IDE to USB" - from $6 + freight

Something inside tells me that $6 +freight = crap product.

The pre-GST proce is $5.22, so even allowing a simple 30% profit margin the cost price including freight is $3.65. Throw in the manufacturer's margin and freight costs per unit and there is about $1.50 worth of quality there, more or less.

Too many products like that are simply not worth the trouble. I bought from Bunnings an aluminium cased LED torch complete with the best Chinese batteries a Kiwi Dollar can buy, guaranteed to last until you get past the checkout, and you might even get outside the door if you are lucky. Cost was about $5, but after a couple of switch-on cycles half the leds were out. If you banged it hard enough some would come back on, so I took it apart and only half the LEDs were soldered in. I resoldered all of the LEDs, put new batteries in and it is working ok, but the switch will probably be the next to go.

IMHO cheap prices and good quality are mutually exclusive.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Slankydudl
13-06-2012, 11:23 PM
is ATA like sata or ide?

Agent_24
14-06-2012, 12:33 AM
is ATA like sata or ide?

!!!!

Slankydudl
14-06-2012, 08:11 AM
Lol.

wuppo
14-06-2012, 09:21 AM
ATA origionally was used to describe the parallel (IDE) interface. When SATA came along, PATA replaced ATA to avoid confusion. Nowadays, ATA is used to describe a VOIP device - Analog Telephone Adaptor ! :-)

Billy T
14-06-2012, 12:59 PM
ATA originally was used to describe the parallel (IDE) interface. :-)

Bugger! You've blown my cover Wuppo :D Only people nearly as old as dirt still call IDE 'ATA', and there I was thinking I was a rather late starter and was patting myself on the back for avoiding the 286 and 386 by kicking off with with a 33 MHz 486 (second-hand) with Kilobytes (not mega) of RAM. Inflation adjusted, that machine cost me twice as much in actual dollar value than my current cutom built computer with 3-something Ghz processor and Gigabytes of RAM.

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :blush:

wuppo
14-06-2012, 02:23 PM
Hey, I used to use 6146's as 'finals'.... My first floppy disks were 8" (seriously floppy...) storing a mind boggling 241k and cost $10 ea back then.

Slankydudl
15-06-2012, 01:28 AM
Well thats good to know. I should have known that as i have used tech much older than that. I got a crazy huge yet scarily small hardrive on my desk with ye ol stepper motor in it, I dont believe it would work and have never seen the pc it came from but it is very effective at being heavy.

Billy T
15-06-2012, 06:55 PM
Hey, I used to use 6146's as 'finals'....

Definitely OT, but....Hey...........MF or VHF?...Amateur or professional. Did you run 7558 drivers? The first 'computer' that my (next) employer had was a word processor that displayed just a couple of lines of text on a red display. After a few years they replaced that with a 'proper' computer system with 8" floppies and a software guru who had to come in regularly to sort out problems. It could do accounts as well as WP if you had the patience. It sat alongside a photocopier that used pink paper that faded real quick, and later on a fax that was so slow that we finally decided that it was the bastard child of a tortoise, :D

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :waughh: