Unfortunately, until very late in the process, it was a major pain to pull a drive and insert a new one (screws, brackets, etc.). Something like the
Granite USB to SATA/IDE Bridge
would have been
. It turns any internal drive SATA or IDE drive into an external USB drive, without even the need for an enclosure. Just plug one end into the drive and the other end into the computer and
. It also includes a universal power brick. Should work with Macs or PCs (though obviously you’ll have trouble reading a Mac-formatted drive on a PC without the proper software).
Non-geeks are rolling their eyes, but I tell you this: if you need this
, you’ll be a believer. Trust me. I’m willing to go corrupt some data on your drives
just to prove it to you
. I’m that dedicated. $40 for the complete kit or $25 for the bridge, $20 for the power adapter separately (trust me, save the $5 and get the whole kit).