Thank you very much for taking time to answer my question so thoroughly. I never knew a dongle like that existed! I particularly like the no external case deal. Yes these drives contain valuable work, but after I pull the data onto the new 1 TB drive, I'm wiping them and giving a few to my friend who is building his own experimental box "on the cheap".
My new motherboard is the Asus Sabertooth X58. I didn't see any IDE connection on there. Am I missing something? Here's the manual.
unless they are talking about using the SATA port as an IDE, but what about the obvious difference in adapters?