I've seen the IDE to USB adapter cables you can buy to hook a regular drive up externally for file transfers. Has anyone ever attempted to make one? I can figure out the power part easy enough. Take a connector from a 12V PC component, a power adapter that outputs 12V and connect them, right? Is there a way I can take a USB cable and rig it to work with a regualr IDE cable. The basic reasons I want to try this is because I like to tinker, I have the extra parts laying around, and why should I pay for something I can make myself? My goal with this is to take an extra hard drive I have and 1-2 times a month hook it up and transfer photos and backup data for storage. I have no intention to use this as a full time device. Otherwise, I would invest in either an external drive or an external enclosure. Edit: Nevermind. I think I may have just messed up a hard drive trying it. The output of the adapter I hooked up was 1.25A and the hard drive only runs on 601mA max. I only had it hooked up for about 10 seconds and I smelled something funny. Now the drive smells a little weird. I'm just going to buy an enclosure. Luckily the drive was an older one that I didn't need.