Old but barely used hard drive

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  1. larrylarry

    larrylarry Veteran Member

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    2639EFAC-E66B-407D-9120-1850EDBC659A.jpeg I took apart my old desktop computer, hasn’t been used in 4 or 5 years. When I was using it I bought this hard drive & installed it but soon afterwards some capacitors started to go bad. I don’t remember what I paid for the hard drive but it wasn’t cheap, well not cheap to me. This hard drive worked along side the original hard drive. What should I do with it? Scrap it, sell it, any info would be helpful. It still has Windows XP on it and 2 or 3 hundred downloads of music still on it, if the music we downloaded went to this hard drive.
     
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    Date of manufacture is Dec 2005. Must of bought it in 06 it’s a bit older than I thought.
     
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    Put it this way....the free music on it is worth more than the drive
     
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    IDE is dying, not many machines use it any more. My last three mother boards didn't support it. Old drives just don't really have any value since the SSD drive dropped so far in price. No real value in it, it's obsolete.
     
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    What KD said. If you want the music that is on it transfer it to a flash drive and use the old drive as a paperweight.
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    It appears to be an IDE drive. If so, you likely can't install it in any current computer. But, if you need additional drive space, you can pick up a cheap IDE to USB adapter and plug it into your existing computer. Once you have it connected, format it to clear the space and use it for storage. It would make a good backup space if your computer dies.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I’ll just leave it on my work bench an let get in my way enough then I’ll crack it open once I get a star drive bit that small.
     
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    My wife accuses me of having an old and barely used hard drive too! Ha!
     
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    Better than a floppy disc.
     
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    Those old hard drives have some pretty strong magnets inside. Once you get what you need from it and get tired of moving it around, tear into it and get yourself a few high strength magnets for your workbench.
     

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