I wrote a post a while back explaining why every computer owner needs to keep a USB to SATA adapter sitting on a shelf somewhere, but that post primarily discusses how handy they are when working with hard drives.
Well, yesterday I found myself using it for a slightly different kind of task.
After replacing a dead hard drive in an older laptop, it suddenly occurred to me that I had no way to re-install Windows from the Recovery Discs because that particular laptop also had a defective optical drive. What to do?
Well, after thinking about it for a moment I came up with a plan…
I removed the DVD-RW drive from a desktop PC that had recently been “junked” due to a bad motherboard and connected it to the laptop with my trusty UGREEN USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE adapter.
In no time flat I was re-installing Windows from the Recovery Discs. I can’t tell you how many times that adapter has pulled me out of a jam!
Of course this nifty device has a thousand other uses as well, but this was just the latest example.
By the way, this adapter works with older IDE-type hard drives as well!
Yep, today it hit me that my USB to SATA/IDE adapter was the handiest tool on my tech bench, bar none!
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