I shared the ordeal of my hard drive failing with you in a post last week along with the way I set up my systems to help make sure the data gets properly backed up. There was a small amount of data on the system drive and I transferred almost all of it to my data drive before replacing the old, failing drive.
Installation of the new drive went well and I’ve gotten almost everything installed on the new drive. I’m sure there are a handful of utilities left to install and that will happen as I find a need for them. Once I got up and running again, I realized there were three files I had forgotten to copy from the failing drive. None of them are particularly hard to re-create, but it would sure be easier to copy them from the drive that now sits on my desk. One solution would be to re-open the case and install the drive in an empty slot. While that would work, it is a bit of a hassle for the three files I want to grab. OK, so there are probably more than three if I look hard though I’ve only missed three so far.
An easier solution to this problem was to get the Cables To Go USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial ATA Drive Adapter. It will allow me to quickly attach the old drive (or other old drives I have laying around) to a USB port so that I can grab the files I need. While I got this cable specifically for this situation, I’m sure it will become a valuable addition to my computer toolkit.