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USB Thumb drive to IDE adapters?

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I am a retired engineer with lots of time and some old computer parts sitting in my garage. I am wondering if there is an adapter out there that would allow me to plug in a USB thumb drive to a computer's IDE or SATA port. I know the reverse is available => IDE drives to USB. Anybody know of an adapter out there?
 

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You trying to run a virtual O/S I presume to make use of some old hardware?
Yes. I have an abundance of usb thumb drives and some old pc hardware. Unfortunately, my old IDE drives are bad. I wanted to build some old systems to play old games. By old, I mean windows 98/me/xp era. Unfortunately, those old OS types don’t support usb booting, so I can’t just install windows 98 on a thumb drive and plug it in and expect it to work.
 

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Check gog.com and see if they have the old games you want to play. They modify them to run on Win10/11.
 
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Check gog.com and see if they have the old games you want to play. They modify them to run on Win10/11.
Thanks. I may do so. I'm more into this as a way to bring back some old hardware to life. Over the years, I've built hundreds of systems for family, friends, and as a side business. Now it's just a hobby to keep myself busy and my mind engaged.
 
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I found an adapter that allows you to go from an SD memory card to IDE. I may give that a try. I have bunch of old SD cards from old digital cameras. 25 years ago a 1 or 2GB hard drive was considered large.
 

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Yes. I have an abundance of usb thumb drives and some old pc hardware. Unfortunately, my old IDE drives are bad. I wanted to build some old systems to play old games. By old, I mean windows 98/me/xp era. Unfortunately, those old OS types don’t support usb booting, so I can’t just install windows 98 on a thumb drive and plug it in and expect it to work.
I have a Win XP machine that runs well. Been sitting for about 4 years now.
I have seen folks other places wanting to buy XP machines to play old games.
I also have some old games, the entire Red Alert series, Halo CE and a couple others.
But I never have because online for many old games you can find patches/updated launch executable etc. and play old games on Win 7 machines.
I have heard they won't work on Win 10 and up though
 

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