I can buy a USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable Adapter including external power adapter (for SATA Devices) from Tigerdirect for $20.00 or a basic USB 2.0 to IDE Cable Adapter on ebay for $5.00. I'm only planning to use it on an IDE drive. Is it necessary to have a power adapter to run the cable on an IDE drive? What about for an SATA? I'm not averse to spending the extra money - but why bother if the power adapter is unnecessary.
Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.