View Full Version : How can I make my old drive external?

12-17-2001, 12:31 AM
I replaced my old 5400 rpm internal hard drive with a Maxtor 7200 rpm hard drive.

Is there any kit that will allow me to transform my old IDE drive into a SCSI connection?


12-17-2001, 02:29 AM
No. There are kits that will allow you to convert the drive into Firewire or USB though. I don't recommend the USB kits though. I've never been pleased with performance of any USB hard drives. Of course, in order to take advantage of these kits, you would need to add the appropriate USB and/or Firewire card into your valuable PCI slot.

12-17-2001, 03:10 PM
Actually there is an IDE-to-SCSI adaptor kit. It's made by a company called ACard and their products are sold through Microland. You can read a review of one of the kits here:

Here's the product page for their kits:

There's several different versions- the one that was reviewed was like a sled that installs under your drive. There's also a smaller card-like one that goes behind the drive (that I think won't work internally in most Macs), and a third that is an entire external enclosure. Of course that one would be the most expensive, but the sled version I think is about $80.

My understanding is that they actually work pretty well, but I don't know if $80 would be worth it to keep the drive you've got in your system.

12-17-2001, 06:53 PM
Thanks, this is terrific information. Can I press things a bit further? Where can I get a IDE to firewire connector? Would that be more or less economical?

12-17-2001, 11:47 PM
If you purchase any Firewire case kit, they have the bridge board built-in.. You could check out Granite's site - they might sell that bridge board separately.

be sure to get that Oxford 911 chipset - I think that's supposed to be faster than the older FireWire adapter chip sets.

Here's a link: