Marshall Easy Go USB-to-IDE Adapter Turns that Old Hard Drive Into External Storage

Marshall Easy Go USB-to-IDE Adapter

Tokyo-based Marshall Corp. is offering its Easy GO USB-to-IDE adapter to connect an IDE hard disk drive to your desktop or notebook PC.

It turns any old hard disk drive you have lying around into a large storage device for archiving or back-up. The kit supplies a cable that plugs into your PC’s USB port and the other end has a dual interface that can connect either a 3.5” desktop HDD or a 2.5” laptop drive.

The USB2.0/1.1 to IDE Drive Adapter MAL-02 PAUB supports all existing IDE/ATAPI devices such as Iomega Zip, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and IDE hard drives.

Here is how it connects:

Sketch showing how Easy Go connects to a PC

Avid do-it-yourselfers of course can easily figure out how to make their own. The key is figuring out how the USB connector matches up with the IDE pins; as for the power supply, you can make your own or use one of those extra 12V connectors inside your desktop PC, there’s always one or two hanging loose.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.