Reusing an old hard drive

I was recently disecting an old laptop (HP, roughly 6-8 years old) trying to find a use for the parts, as i have had very many replacements since I had stopped using that one. I removed a 10GB IBM hard drive. From the picture, you can see that it has a total of 44 pins. I am not sure if each pin goes to the same destination as the one opposite to it. i was wondering if there was any way that I could convert this into an external drive that I could attach via USB or something similar. If you have any ideas, let me know. Id love to find a use for this instead of just throwing it away.

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Sandisk1duo8 years ago
the hardrive platters are very shiny, and have no imperfections maybe use them for high-precision mirrors?
Kiteman8 years ago
I found a good use for the magnets yesterday - I stuck one to a set of steel lockers in my lab, and asked an annoying child to pull it off...
110100101108 years ago
this connection is electrically allmost identical to ide (used in desktop pcs). the 5 extra entries (standard ide drive has 39) are used for identification and 5 V supply if you can match the different size connectors you can use this drive in any pc
http://compreviews.about.com/od/cases/l/aaBlknUSB2Enc.htm

here is just one of the kits there is alot on the web about this.
hope this helps

also try wwww.tigerdirect.com