I have been looking for some tax backups for a couple weeks. Finally decided that it had to be on the primary drive of one of my computers that died a while back. Since I wasn't using that computer,when it died, I just decided not to repair it.
Now that I want to see what is on that drive, I check my equipment to determine how I want to proceed. About this time I get a sales promotion from Tiger Direct. It contained a USB IDE/SATA cable adapter. I decided that it was just the thing to solve my problem, so I ordered it.
When it arrived, I quickly attached it and plugged the power supply in.
Now this is when things begin to pick up. I saw a pretty glow coming from the drive circuit board. I remember saying to myself, "I didn't know there was a LED of that circuit board. The glow grew in intensity leading to a loud POP followed by smoke.
This is not the recommended time to read the instructions. I thought I would have a go at it anyway. This time everything was done correctly. It was a bad drive or a bad cable adapter. Regardless, it was an exciting few minutes.