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Plug and Save: 15 Hard Drive Enclosures and Adapters Reviewed

Cheap Adapter Solutions For Purists

ARP Hi-Speed Adapter: A Tiny Device With A Lot Of Effect

The Hi-Speed adapter is plugged into the IDE hard drive instead of an IDE cable thus making the drive USB 2.0 compatible. An external mains unit powers the drive and the adapter. The device can be run on any PC without a reboot - provided the connections exist. The current Windows and Mac systems do not require an extra driver for this. After connecting the adapter to a USB port, the drive declares itself automatically and is ready for use after a few seconds. Our tests showed that even CD and DVD burners can be run through the adapter without a hitch. With an IDE hard drive, the data transfer rate is an average 20 MB/s, a perfectly adequate speed.

Small and practical USB adapter