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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-21-2009, 10:42 PM

I'm really very surprised no one has mentioned network attached storage.

Seems like the obvious choice to me. But aside from that check out the S.M.A.R.T. attributes of the HDDs in question to gauge their overall health. Utilities you'll use to do this vary OS to OS but for XP speedfan has a smart monitor and in Ubuntu smartmontools has smartctl, a tool I like.


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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-22-2009, 03:16 AM

I've been planning along the lines of taking them apart as well. Use the super strong magnets to build a wind turbine.


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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-24-2009, 09:44 AM

Ummm.... Wow?

Dead HDDs are a good source for very nice coasters IMHO.


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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-24-2009, 11:51 AM

Old IDE drives can be good for backup. Buy the cheapest external enclosure, and use it as a backup USB disk that you put away in a cupboard or elsewhere (i.e. in case your server is damaged/stolen). Apart from that, sell them on ebay.
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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-24-2009, 01:21 PM

i think yall are losing my original intent with this thread. they are older just in the fact that they are IDE. they are currently in use in a file server down in my basement. it's more of a media server. but it's loud and i was just in the mood to tinker around and try and come up with a simple non-cluttered solution to bring my old IDE hard drives upstairs w/out the hassle of 4 or 5 external enclosures and all the power bricks they require.

i talked with a few PC/LAN friends at work about it and they gave me a few ideas to try. i've gotta help a friend redo is brakes on his jeep today, but after that, hopefully i can tinker around with these ideas.
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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-25-2009, 05:11 PM

You could look into some of these :
http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/se ... 0converter

to convert the interface and use them in SATA and even eSATA applications...


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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-26-2009, 02:09 AM

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Originally Posted by mgx
Old IDE drives can be good for backup. Buy the cheapest external enclosure, and use it as a backup USB disk that you put away in a cupboard or elsewhere (i.e. in case your server is damaged/stolen). Apart from that, sell them on ebay.
Eh.. I have a ton of worthless sized HDD's.. 11 gig, 20 gig, even some 8gig units.. I can get thumb drives bigger than that, and far more reliable, flash storage lasts FAR FAR longer than magnetic. Hence the idea of tearing the drives open and salvaging the crazy strong magnets.


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Default Re: What to do with old(er) IDE hard drives? - 01-26-2009, 02:34 AM

I immediately thought of this swappable dock, but I guess it it SATA only http://www.lifehacker.com.au/tips/20...sb_dock-2.html shame, I have a bunch of old IDE drives laying around too, I hear you can use the platter arms to make a stabilizer for a camera kite rig.... if your into that type of thing.
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