"Is using a USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial ATA Drive Adapter to connect a HD from one pc to another PC usb port really that straight forward?" Does it REALLY WORK? Thanks ahead of time as I know the adapter are available, but couldn't fine questions similar to mine in forum history.
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You lose access to some low-level features but other than that, it usually works.
If it didn't, there wouldn't be so many external USB HDD boxes on the market... they are all standard HDDs with a USB-IDE/SATA bridge chip.
Yes it is that easy. The HDD is out of PC #1 or was an external? If its inside the PC you could hook it up inside of there too if it reaches and you use the SATA/IDE and its included power connector.