What would you do with spare hard drives???

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  1. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    I have a couple of hard drives that I pulled from crappy PCs that they were giving away at work. All are 3.5" drives that have very low capacities. We're talking 4.3, 3, and 2 GBs.

    I don't have any desktop Macs, and external enclosures all cost about $30.

    What should I do with them?

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  2. davisjw macrumors regular

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    I'd say if they are of no use to you either offer them for free or use them to backup small files such as word documents..
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Drives that small (and by definition, slow) border on useless for almost anything. If you have one of those $15 "bare" ATA-USB2 adapters, you could use them like fat, ugly removeable storage, but they're so small it's barely worth the hassle.

    Personally, I'd probably keep them in a drawer in case somebody trying to keep a crusty old PC alive needed a drive like that, or just recycle them.
     
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  5. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know about drives that small but I just used a spare 80G that I didn't need for anything to upgrade the HD in my ReplayTV(DVR).. WooHooo 80Hrs of record time :)
     
  6. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    They are far from useless. I have many old Macs lying aroung that can use older, smaller drives. Hold on to them. You never know when you may need one.
     
  7. ftaok thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I'll just throw them into a drawer for future use.

    I was hoping someone knew of a way to connect them up to form a mini RAID (or something) with just a paper clip, 2 rubber bands, and some duct tape.

    I would switch out the 100+MB drive out of my LC 575 sitting in the basement, but these are IDE drives and the LC 575 takes SCSI drives. Oh well.

    Maybe I'll pick up a couple of old PowerMacs one day.

    ft
     
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