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Backing up the Hard Drive

I own a Dell Inspiron 8500 that I've had for about 5 years.  I need to back-up the hard drive which is a Hitachi Travelstar 40GB ATA/IDE.  I've tried a couple of enclosures but they haven't been compatible.  How do I find an enclosure that is compatible with my hard drive?  The model # is IC25N040ATCS05-0. I would be very greatful if anyone can help me.

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Re: Backing up the Hard Drive

I take it your hard drive is IDE. Most enclosures only support 3,5" inch harddrives with either SATA or IDE interfaces. A notebook's HDD can have the IDE interface but it's way smaller than the standard.

There is an option however, it isn't necessarily an enclosure. You can look for the A.C. Ryan uDrive. It's a USB device which allows you to connect harddisks or optical drives from three different interfaces without the hassle of building in the drive in an enclosure.

If this is what you need, check this page:
[A.C. Ryan uDrive]

You'll need to connect your harddrive to the 2,5 inch drive connector on the device.

I hope this is what you were looking for.
Let me know if this solved your problem.



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Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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