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zoran

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I have 5hdd (2.5" & 3.5"). A docking station -i guess- would do nicely to place them on and have them all working. I was wondering though if there is another option, other than the docking station. The Enclosure solution for each is not a solution i would consider.
 

Hombre53

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Without enclosure(s) for the drives, you may not have another solution...
 
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zoran

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Two of the 3.5" drives are EIDE drives and the rest are SATA.
 
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hg.wells

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If you’re not looking for an enclosure or docking station what are you thinking?

The best option really is getting a 5 bay enclosure vs having disks all over the place.
 

zoran

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I guess I’m looking for something with cables, that will cover all cases (sata and eide), nothing fancy.
 

hg.wells

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The other thing you should think about with the benefit of using an enclosure is the drives are cooled.

The drives lifespan can decrease significantly if it overheats. Which could potentially happen sitting out on your desk.

Personally I would only use those cables as a temporary option and not a permanent solution.
 

zoran

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The question I guess is if there are cables I can use to make a docking station with all the types of hdd’s, cause abviously i can’t find such a docking station on the market!
 

hg.wells

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You’re unlikely to find one cable for them all. As each drive is going to require power which is likely too much for one cable.
 

zoran

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Could i’d be a custom made cable that would provide power and on it one could attach the data cables IDE or Sata.
 

circatee

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I honestly feel a QNAP type enclosure for all the drives would be more beneficial. Especially from a cooling perspective...
 

zoran

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In a QNAP type enclosure, would I be able to connect both SATA and IDE drives?
 

zoran

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What if i had a SATA to EIDE converter and i used that to an open type docking station?
 

theluggage

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Two of the 3.5" drives are EIDE drives and the rest are SATA.
So... are you continually swapping those EIDE drives between the Mac and some bit of irreplaceable specialist equipment that only takes EIDE drives?

I get that's a possibility but if not, then the time has probably come to drag your system kicking and screaming into 2010 and junk those drives. I'm not one for junking perfectly good technology but - excepting the 'specialist gear' qualification above - a 10 year-old disc drive is ripe for retirement, and probably have tiny capacities by modern standards. If your other 6 drives are of a similar vintage you might want to thing about consolidating them to fewer, newer drives.

If you can get the EIDE out of the equation, there are plenty of multi-drive enclosures to choose from (e.g. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabrent-Tray-less-Docking-Station-DS-SC5B/dp/B07Y3WDHLD) - but compare the price with that of getting newer, higher-capacity external drives. Also, with energy prices these days, you really don't want to be continually running 8 full-sized hard drives.

What if i had a SATA to EIDE converter and i used that to an open type docking station?

Should work - and if you are frequently swapping these drives between machines, or using bare drives for a rotating backup, then those open-type docking stations may be useful. There are some with IDE support (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Docking-Tccmebius-TCC-S867-UK-External-Enclosure-Red-Black/dp/B07MVGGG62). If not, they're useful things to have in the cupboard but I wouldn't use one day-to-day.

...but, seriously, unless you have a very good reason for keeping EIDE drives around, I'd take them out behind the woodshed and put them out of there misery with an axe.

Disclaimer: I haven't personally used either of the linked products. I do have a couple of old "open type" HD docks which have been useful in the past (and many boxes full of old IDE drives awaiting the day I get round to securely erasing them with a hammer and disposing of appropriately).
 
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Fishrrman

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I've never had a problem with drives due to heat when used in an external dock.

Although they're used infrequently now, some of the drives go back 10-12 years.
 

Fishrrman

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"Can a few of these be a solution for my needs?"

Again... A USB3/SATA docking station is a much better choice.
 

theluggage

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How will I connect to that the two EIDE drives though?
You haven't explained why you're still using EIDE drives in 2023. Unless you have some very particular circumstance that you haven't shared, those EIDE drives need to be "connected" with a large hammer. They're likely 10 or more years old and well past their life expectancy.

One of those USB-to-IDE interfaces might be useful if you need to recover the contents of old drives before consigning them to the attic, or if you are continually swapping them between your Mac and some bit of legacy equipment.
 

zoran

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Those two drives provide both around 100GB that im planing to use maybe as virtual memory or space for "deleted to be" files. I just don't have the heart to crash them down with a hammer.
Guys u believe its not worth it?
 

Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"Those two drives provide both around 100GB that im planing to use maybe as virtual memory or space for "deleted to be" files"

These days you can buy a 128gb SATA 2.5" SSD for $20.
And use that in the docking station...
 
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