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USB to IDE adapter question's

By expertwannabe
Jul 25, 2006
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  1. never used one but thinking of getting one to test some hard drives
    1st can you use an adapter to test a HD and 2nd will it boot up to see what OS if any is on a HD
    thanks
  2. Kevin16

    Kevin16 Newcomer, in training Posts: 173

    A USB to IDE adapter basically makes your internal harddrives external without the enclosure. So yes, you can test a harddrive and use an OS.
  3. expertwannabe

    expertwannabe Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 45

    that is the way I was understanding, just needed a 2nd opinion
    thanks
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    You can test drives, but a lot of good diagnostic software is run outside of Windows in environments with NO USB support. So yes, you can test drives. But no, you can't test them very well.

    Kevin16 said 'yes' without hesitation, but there some additional things you are entitled to know. There's two major problems here. First, Windows 2000/XP doesn't support booting from a USB drive. It will freeze/bluescreen during the Windows XP logo. Second, the computer must support USB drives as a bootable device. Most newer systems do, but older systems do not.
  5. Kevin16

    Kevin16 Newcomer, in training Posts: 173

    You can boot fully from a USB drive providing you make some modifications, but i think he just wants to see if there is an operating system on the drive.
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