convert a removable hard drive tray to usb?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude with an ileostomy bag OT Supporter

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    heres my idea, instead of opening up my external case to shove a different hard drive in there and connect it up or opening up my pc, connecting up a drive to ide (which means i have to reboot whenever i change a drive)

    i had this idea:
    i currently have 2 of these caddy drives:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10824&cs_id=1082401&p_id=2095&seq=1&format=2&style=

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    i was wondering if i could rip apart an external hard drive and connect it to the ide connector on the back of the caddy drive. this way, i would be able to hot swap ide drives.

    what kind of a performance hit would i take, comparing usb2 to ide ata133?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Unless you do a lot of big file transfers, you wouldn't notice that much of a hit.

    If it's an IDE drive, chances are that it's not as fast as the usb2 bus anyway.
     
  3. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude with an ileostomy bag OT Supporter

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    i'm not totally worried about speed, i just wanted to make sure that i wouldn't be sitting there for days waiting for 100gb of stuff to transfer over.

    i guess the performance would be identical to that of a usb2 connected external

    now i need to find a cheap external that i can rip apart for the ide to usb connector that is inside of it.

    (i do have one of those ide to usb2 connectors, but it works about 10% of the time)
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    um, I have done this several times. There is nothing new about it. Just remember the trays are long, so get an enclosure that's long enough to fit it.
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I have an external case with Firewire and USB that can hold a 5.25" drive. That's all you need.

    And IDE not being as fast at USB2.0, uh, yeah right.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Not all 5.25" enclosures will work. a hard drive tray is considerably longer than the average optical drive. Make sure there's room before you buy!
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude with an ileostomy bag OT Supporter

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    well i did it, and then some. i made it so that the key would control the on and off mechanism. it took some skilled wiring(not really) and a relay, but it works perfectly now
    first shot, it's rough
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    cleaned it up a little
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    now what do i do with my gutted external hard drive case?
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I did something like this about a year ago at work. It works well to this day, and best of all, it's a nice clean package.
     

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