Archive for March, 2010

Archive for March, 2010

Recovering Data From A SATA Hard Disk Drive

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

If you’re PC has failed and you need to recover data stored on the hard drive then don’t panic. Whether you’ve got a laptop or desktop PC its a relatively easy task to take the hard drive out – just make sure the power is off and the find out where the Hard Disk Drive is being housed. it normally held in place by a couple of screws to the side of the disk. You’ll have to pull off the interface connector from the end of it and in the case of the larger 3.5″ hard drives from a desktop or tower you’ll need to pull off the power connector.

Once you’ve done this you should have a bare bones hard disk drive with nothing attached to it. There will be a manufacturers label on the top of it that will tell you the brand (e.g. IBM, Hitachi etc.) and also tell you the storage capacity of the drive and whether its IDE/ATA/PATA or the newer SATA type of hard drive.

The easiest way to recover the data from the disk is with a USB to IDE/SATA cable kit because these kits work with any Hard Disk drive irrespective of make, type, size. For this reason they are really popular with IT techies, IT support staff and IT engineers because one of these kits can be a life-saver.

The kits come with all you need to power up the hard disk drive and connect it to your PC using USB. Once connected the hard disk drive just shows up as a new drive letter (e.g. E:) and you can then read/write to and from the disk.

The kits are on offer at the moment at only £15.95 and in 2009 they were the best selling product in the USBNow store

USB 2.0 IDE & SATA Cable (with Power Supply) USB 2.0 IDE & SATA Cable (with Power Supply)
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Add SATA to your Laptop quickly and easily

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

If you’ve got a new laptop then its most likely going to have a express card slot on it to allow you upgrade the laptop after you’ve purchased it. Express card slots have replaced the old PCMCIA standard and come in two different sizes: 34mm and 54mm. If you’ve got the 54mm slot then any 34mm card will also work.

If you have got an express card slot and want to add SATA capabilities to your laptop then we have a couple of solutions for you. SATA is the new superfast interface and standard that gives data trasnsfer speeds of up to 3GB per second. Lots of new external data solutions are now using SATA becuase we’re all saving much larger files (movies, games etc) that need to be pushed around at faster speeds.

Apiotek Extreme eSATAII Express Card Adapter Apiotek Extreme eSATAII Express Card Adapter

These cards are manufactured by Apiotek and support PC and MAC.


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4 Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure – 8TB!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Wow – this thing is huge and if you are a serious horder for data then how about 8Tb – thats right you can slot up to 4 x 2TB SATA Hard Disk Drives in this little beast and you’ll have more data storage than a small country!

Its a serious piece of kit designed very much for the business sector or hard core enthusiast. Very well designed and put together. Available as a RAID or Non-RAID option with the RAID option giving excellent back up and mirroring options to protect and secure your data.

The RAID version also support USB, Firewire and eSATA so you are spoilt for data transfer options with eSATA supporting transfer speeds of 3 GB per second!!

All are fine for PC and or Mac with all the latest and greatest operating systems fully supported.

Hotway Probox 4-Bay 3.5" SATA I/II Enclosure Hotway Probox 4-Bay 3.5″ SATA I/II Enclosure

Hotway Probox 4-Bay RAID 3.5" SATA I/II Enclosure Hotway Probox 4-Bay RAID 3.5″ SATA I/II

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Add an RS232 connector (serial port) using an Express Card Slot

Monday, March 1st, 2010

If you’ve just purchased a new laptop and you were hoping to plug your old RS-232 9 Pin serial cables into it them you might be in for nasty suprise. Very few new laptops ship with any RS232 or Serial Port capability. This is partly because of cost, partly because the laptop manufacturers are trying to keep the entry price and weights down and partly because less and less people are using peripherals that connect via RS-232.

Don’t despair though unless you’ve bought one of the very small notepads that are really designed for web browsing and not much else your new laptop should have an Express Card Slot on the side of it. These new express card slots come in two different sizes (34mm and 54mm widths) but the standard seems to be settling around the smaller 34mm version. The slots are basically ways in which you can add new capabilities to your laptop after you’ve purchased it.  You don’t have to worry about unscrewing the laptop or fitting things inside it you simply buy an express card with the capability you need and slide the card into the slot on your latop – that’s it. Simple.

Express cards are now available for all sorts of things including adding Firewire (ieee1394a) which is a popular way of transferring video and movie footage from your Camcorder, adding integral card readers (for things like CF cards, SD cards, xd Card etc.) adding ethernet cabaiity and of course adding a 9 Pin Serial Port (RS-232).

Even if you’ve got a 54mm express card slot any 34mm card will still fit and work because the inteface on the 54mm cards is only 34mm (its an “L” shaped card) andthe 54mm standard was designed to work with all 34mm cards.

Apiotek Classic Serial Port Express Card Adapter Apiotek Classic Serial Port Express Card Adapter

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New 5.25″ SATA Enclosures Now in Stock

Monday, March 1st, 2010

We’ve finally managed to get some SATA (Serial-ATA) versions of the ever popular 5.25″ Hard Drive cases and enclosures we sell. These 5.25″ cases are popular because they are ideal not only for hard disk drives but other peripherals with a standard SATA interface such as DVD burners, CD players etc.

If you haven’t got enough room to pop a DVD player inside your PC case then you could pop one inside one of these 5.25″ cases and simply connect it to your PC via the USB lead that’s supplied with it. Extremely easy to set up and use and a real bargain at the price we’re selling them at. We know there are cheaper versions you can pick up on ebay but frankly they’re not worth it – these units from Hotway are all RoHS compliant, they meet all the EU specs and have properly fused UK plugs (not something you can be sure of when you buy cheap and cheerful units off of ebay)

We’ve tested these case up to 1Tb becasuse thats the largest HDD we have to use for testing but we’re pretty confident they are fine up to 1.5Tb which is an absolutely whopping amount of data!

The cases as you’ll have gathered all come with UK power supply units, and a USB lead to connect them to your PC.

As an alternative you could also consider one of our ever popular USB to IDE/SATA kits – these work with all hard disk drives irrespective of their physical size, storage capacity or interface. No wonder they were our best selling product in 2009 and look on course to repeat this in 2010.

Rock 5.25" USB 2.0 Enclosure Rock 5.25″ USB 2.0 Enclosure

USB 2.0 IDE & SATA Cable (with Power Supply) USB 2.0 IDE & SATA Cable (with Power Supply)

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New Range of Colourful 2.5″ Hard Drive Enclosures

Monday, March 1st, 2010

We’ve just taken delivery of some exciting new hard drive enclosures from Hotway.  The new HDK-SU2 colour series is available in Blac, Red, Blue and White. These SATA HDD enclosures are not only gorgeous on the eye but they are incredibly well designed and manufactured but then we’ve come to expect nothing less from Hotway over the years that we’ve been dealing with them!

Each HDD Caddy comes with its own top quality leather wallet and also a USB “Y” cable that enables the data transfer and provides the power to the caddy. You don’t need to worry about any additional power supply “brick” because these caddy’s draw their power from the USB port(s) they are connected to.

Ideal solution for making your own portable back up solution or for recovering data from any salvaged hard drive taken out of a laptop. Bearing in mind you can pick up decent, branded HDD’s for around £20-£30 when combined with on of these you can get a great looking portable back up solution for only a bit less than you’ll pay for a memory stick!

These colourful versions of the HDD caddy won’t be around for long so grab one whilst they are in stock. If you’re looking for Hard Drive Enclosure and RAID solutions for 3.5″ SATA drives keep an eye on these site as these are coming soon

SATA Hard Drive Enclosure -Colours SATA Hard Drive Enclosure -Colours

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