In message <4252FF22 dot 4060109 at ricksweb dot info>, Richard Harding
<rick at ricksweb dot info> writes
>I don't have a windows desktop to try this on. (just 2 win laptops &
>one old linux server right now) My understanding is that to use
>physdiskwrite would require a space Windows machine to hook up the
>firewall HD to.
>If I'm mistaken please correct me.
I have a USB 'dongle' that I picked up off of eBay for about £11 and
this allows you to connect any IDE device to the USB port with either a
standard 40-pin connector or a 44-pin laptop connector. A laptop drive
can be powered by the USB port but it comes with a power supply other
devices with a standard Molex connector.
This means that I can plug an IDE device in without having to shutdown
or open my machine.
It's one of these:
I find this very handy and a couple of colleagues bought one after they
saw the one I bought !!!
This probably won't help you in the short term but it really makes life
easier in the long term. It also means that you can write to a standard
3.5" IDE drive from a laptop !!!
Neil A. Hillard E-Mail: neil at dana dot org dot uk