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I found my old computer the other day, and realized that I haven't turned it on in years. I wanted to turn it on to see what I could find on it, but realized that the power supply etc. is malfunctioning.

Now I want to access the old HDD from it, but I don't want to plug it directly into my computer and motherboard.

Can I, with some gadget or cable, access this old HDD via an USB port?

  • When my old laptop died, a technical support person placed it's HDD in such a gadget which had a USB output. – Ramchandra Apte Sep 22 '13 at 11:25
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If you don't want to plug it directly to your motherboard, you will need to buy a SATA to USB adapter (or IDE to USB, depends on the HDD's interface).

Regarding the power supply, these adapters come with it built in, like this one (just a quick product example, I'm not suggesting this adapter in particular). As you can see, there's a USB cable and a power plug which connects to the adapter itself.

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