DetlevCM

2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

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A post after a long time...

So, what happened:

My mother has managed to fry two internal USB -> IDE boards in external HDDs. The first time I swapped out the HDD, the second time I got a HDD dock that does SATA & IDE (good to have).

But this also means that I now have 2x 250GB of IDE HDDs lying around that are perfectly fine to use but cannot be used...

I've been searching for a USB to IDE board - looks like they do exist... but you either can't buy them or they are expensive... -> I've got a case for the drives, I have a power brick... I just haven't got an interface.

Cases are expensive - someone suggested Ebay, not something I ever used... but even if, these things are expensive in the UK. At least more costly than I am willing to spend if I am honest. -> It looks like it is around 7,5 Pounds a piece times two... - when all I need is really just a small board...

So has anybody got any idea what to do with 2 3,5" IDE drives at a low cost? (And I mean low)

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Get an IDE-SATA converter (3+ GBP) and connect them to a SATA controller.

I don't have a computer with an external SATA port... -> well, not 100% true, my Home Server has 1 eSATA port, but that's for a Box with 4 large drives when I need it/have money I can spend on it.

(Other computers at home are all laptops - not a single desktop in sight, the Home Server comes closest to that -> HP x510)

But otherwise a good idea.

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I'll second the eBay recommendation....you can grab USB-->IDE adapters from overseas on there for only a few dollars.

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I'll second the eBay recommendation....you can grab USB-->IDE adapters from overseas on there for only a few dollars.

But I would assume that shipping the things across half the world would be rather expensive, or am I mistaken in that assumption?

(By the way - my Location: UK - everything is expensive here...)

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Many of the China and Hong Kong sellers offer free shipping world wide :-)

Hmm, so that might be worth an investigation then.

On this note - has anybody any idea what could have broken on that little board? The power supply works - but the interface doesn't.

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Hmm, so that might be worth an investigation then.

On this note - has anybody any idea what could have broken on that little board? The power supply works - but the interface doesn't.

Hmm, the only thing I can find is this kind of stuff...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-2-0-IDE-2-5-3-5-5-25-hard-disk-drive-HDD-Cable-/260834028031?pt=UK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&hash=item3cbaeb69ff

-> I could possibly hack that together, but I would rather have a small board, or should I get one of these, try to make it fit into the old case and add the power supply from the old board?

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If you want to use the cases you have, you're lowest cost option is probably to take one of those adapters apart and use that. They're just little USB-->IDE bridges in a cheap plastic case.

Alternatively, here is a cheap complete enclosure:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5-External-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-Enclosure-Case-USB-IDE-/260854925160?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item3cbc2a4768

-OR-

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-IDE-3-5-HDD-Hard-Disk-Enclosure-Case-External-/160535036535?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item2560a24277

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If you want to use the cases you have, you're lowest cost option is probably to take one of those adapters apart and use that. They're just little USB-->IDE bridges in a cheap plastic case.

Alternatively, here is a cheap complete enclosure:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5-External-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-Enclosure-Case-USB-IDE-/260854925160?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item3cbc2a4768

-OR-

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-IDE-3-5-HDD-Hard-Disk-Enclosure-Case-External-/160535036535?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item2560a24277

At 11-12$ I might as well get a case for 7,5 Pounds ;)

-> If the bridge can be taken apart that might be the best option then... at least it would be the cheapest...

Edit:

Or not... I'm just looking at the board I have -> I'm not sure if just slicing off the electricity supply will work...

(Enclosures in the UK are pretty much 7,5 Pounds a piece... http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=3%2C5%22+IDE+enclosure&_trkparms=65%253A12%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1%257C72%253A5251&rt=nc&_dmpt=UK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=15&_sc=1 )

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Or a completely different idea. IDE drives are worth some money since they're not as available as they once were, perhaps test & sell them on eBay, then take the proceeds to buy a larger sata drive. I've done this plenty of times. A couple of 250gb IDE drives with no bad sectors would fetch some decent money.

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Or a completely different idea. IDE drives are worth some money since they're not as available as they once were, perhaps test & sell them on eBay, then take the proceeds to buy a larger sata drive. I've done this plenty of times. A couple of 250gb IDE drives with no bad sectors would fetch some decent money.

That could be another idea... but DBAN first with the external dock... hmm...

Edit:

My mother doesn't want to try and sell it (one of the two was hers) -> so they will have to get a case then...

(Considering I'd have power issues as it seems with the cheaper IDE to USB cable)

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search on craigslist for old ide enclosures.

Doesn't exist in the UK - besides, unless I am mistaken that place has an even worse reputation than ebay.

-> I'm currently trying to get a case at 7,5 Pounds - one for the time being. (-> Shipping expensive, case cheap :D guess they want to avoid ebay fees... :D)

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Gumtree.

But seriously I'd personally sell them as pretty much useless. I'm flogging off a bunch of 500GB drives that've been sitting on the shelves for a year for being too small to do anything useful.

And dunno about you, but personally I don't give a bleep what my mother thinks I should do...

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Gumtree.

But seriously I'd personally sell them as pretty much useless. I'm flogging off a bunch of 500GB drives that've been sitting on the shelves for a year for being too small to do anything useful.

And dunno about you, but personally I don't give a bleep what my mother thinks I should do...

Well, one of the drives is her -> so at least that one has to stay with her if she wants ;)

I've ordered an enclosure of ebay.uk at 7,5 Pounds (cheaper than Amazon, etc.) and will see how that pans out. I must agree with the sentiment that there isn't a lot of use for such a small drive - simply because it mainly wastes valuable space given that the same space can be filled at a reasonably price with 8 times as much capacity. (2TB, 3TB is still expensive)

However, considering that my mother uses external drives via USB, that's more her problem than mine ;)

(I did too before I moved to the HomeServer)

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Just thought I'd post an update - so that was my first ever eBay purchase :D an enclosure.

My mother gets her drive back, which means I can get my 2,5" HDD back (that I copied the stuff onto via a dock) and one IDE drive stays stashed away...

Prices on the web do seem nice... on the other hand... if my mother wants to maybe keep it, I could get her another enclosure for it... -> At least one can be used again.

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LOL exactly, find me a USB enclosure, bridge or adapter not from Asia and you win a million brownie points :-P

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