convert a removable hard drive tray to usb?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude 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 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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    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 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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