Old Win XP tower's hard drives as storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Kevsource, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Kevsource macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    Hi all:

    I'm a recent Mac convert (2010 Mac Mini w/external HD for extra storage/Time Capsule), but before I toss out my old Win XP tower, I thought, "Well, there *are* two 80GB hard drives in there...wonder if I could somehow network them so they could be used for storage."

    Dunno if this is possible, but if I could somehow format those drives (hasn't been a simple task thus far) and connect an Airport Express with an ethernet cable to the tower so the drives can be seen on my network, perhaps they *could* be used for extra storage.

    Thoughts, anyone? I've no idea how this is done, of course.

    Thanks in advance...Kev
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It can be done, but it would be economically cheaper to get an enclosure for the type of HDDs you have, which either are S-ATA HDDs (if the tower was bought after 2005 or so) or P-ATA (IDE) HDDs (if the tower was bought earlier than 2005) and connect those enclosure to the Time Capsule or Mac mini.
    Such enclosures can cost as low as 10 € for USB 2.0.
    Find out the interface your HDDs use and get back to us.

    PS: I just recommend this, as running two HDDs in an enclosure or two enclosures, uses much less energy than running the whole computer just for two HDDs.

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