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Reusing an old hard drive Answered

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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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-24

the hardrive platters are very shiny, and have no imperfections maybe use them for high-precision mirrors?

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Kiteman (author)2009-01-22

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...

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11010010110 (author)2009-01-22

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

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fireman1979a (author)2009-01-22

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

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