Technological progress is a great thing. We want our devices smaller, faster with longer lasting power and so forth but what do we do with the stuff from before the great techno-leap?
One example is the jump from IDE to SATA Hard drives and the changes in the motherboard and connectors.
Pragmatically when I upgraded my PC several years ago I didn’t really think about being able to mate my old IDE Hard drives to the new, speedy-fast SATA PC.
With time the older PC sat around and as the little guy came along I found it necessary to do away with what became excess hardware. The only thing I really kept from the old PC was two 80 GB IDE Hard Drives.
What’s the problem? I can’t connect them to my existing PC as it is SATA technology and my external hard drive is a generic box with IDE to USB .. Windows XP just can’t recognize it and handle the driver.
So I was left with a dilemma; either disassemble and destroy the old disks or get creative and find a solution.
I was in my local PC store to get a RAM upgrade and happened to mention to the owner about this and he smiled and rummaged in his desk. Laughing about he had just had the same problem himself he hands me an 80 NIS ($20) printed circuit board with two connectors IDE and SATA.
It was very similar to something I had found online for sale off a website for a PC hardware company in Taiwan (if I remember correctly).
Anyway, tomorrow I will be hooking up at least one of the old IDE Hard Drives to format and subsequently use as additional storage space. Results to follow installation and some testing.