Well my 2 USB to IDE adapter/external enclosures arrived today from compgeeks.. plugged in a 20gb hard drive, and it worked once driver was installed.
Info, usb -> IDE ATAPI 1-4 adapter (2.5" notebook drives only and NO the drive isn't included) is $40 at compgeeks, no external power needed (my 20gb IBM notebook drive started powered only through the usb connector). The drivers appear to need work, they choke occasionally (but no crash, however hangs for a few seconds when say renaming folders while copying, also defrag doesn't get off the ground, always reports changed contents).
I'd be interested if anyone can suggest a source for drivers these appear fairly generic, I'd be nice to have a Linux and a newer W2K/WME driver... suggestions welcome...
Also does anyone know... should a notebook hard drive use so little power that it doesn't need to be supplemented when driven off the usb bus??