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USB drive adapter

A device that connects an unenclosed hard drive to the computer via USB. It is generally used to clone the contents of an existing drive to a new drive before replacing the old one with the new one. The adapter plugs into the connector on the drive on one end and the USB port of the computer on the other. See USB drive kit.




IDE/PATA and SATA Drive Adapter
Apricorn's USB drive adapter connects to 40-pin 3.5" IDE/PATA drives, 44-pin 2.5" IDE/PATA drives and SATA drives. (Image courtesy of Apricorn, Inc., www.apricorn.com)






USB drive kit

A do-it-yourself kit for creating a stand-alone hard disk drive that connects via the USB port. The kit contains a frame to which a standard IDE drive is mounted and connected, using the same power and signal cables as if it were installed inside a PC. The frame is pushed into a case, and the drive is ready.

Drive kits are also available for connecting via FireWire and eSATA, the latter using a SATA drive rather than an IDE drive. See USB drive adapter and portable hard drive.




The Drive Kit
A regular hard disk mounts inside the drive kit just as it would inside a PC.






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