Hard drive to usb?

I am a long time follower, and, if I am not mistaken, first time poster.  Please bear with me...

I have looked about the site quite a bit, but I have found no solution to my question.  Heck, I don't know if it is even possible!  I have a few hard drives from older computers that have went the way of many older electronics do... :( ...and I want to do something with them, besides leaving them about to collect dust.  Is it at all possible to connect them to a usb port WITHOUT a hard drive enclosure?  I was kinda thinking about connecting a usb cable to the ide port, but will it work, and to which pins do I apply wires/solder?

If this is possible and someone knows how to do it, please, PLEASE get back to me!  Thanks so much!

Jonnyboy738 (author) 7 years ago
Thanks for the comments! I kinda figured it would be a process (bunch of wiring, conversions, etc)... Guess I'll have to quit being so bloody cheap! lol

Your answer is "no", but I guess you already reached that conclusion.

caitlinsdad7 years ago

You need an adapter IDE to USB and the power supply to rig up the hard drive.  You could research if there are any circuits you can make for the adapter but cheap enough to buy a "portable external" harddrive enclosure.
.  +1. Can't be done by just wiring things up "properly." You have to have some electronics to convert from (E)IDE to USB. You don't have to have an enclosure, but you do have to have the converter and power (5V and 12V).