I have a a few IDE hard drives (27g - 80g) that are just sitting on a shelf. They are there for a number of reasons, from crashes/errors to just being out of an old PC.
Some of the hard drives have some data I would like to get. I looked into one of those external IDE USB enclosures, tried it, but wasn't impressed. At the time when I needed to access a crashed hard drive... I just swapped out two HD's and ran a Live Linux CD and hooked up my WD 500 passport external drive and then transferred the files I needed. It works fine, but it's a pain to keep swapping out HD's.
How can I just have some sort of adapter where I can plug the USB into the IDE and copy it with out booting off the drive? (Kind of like a hot-swap I guess). I would like to be able to use this PC, then just plug it into the USB and be able to get the files I need. This PC is running XP sp3.