Just recently my hard drive died, my motherboard provided SATA connectors, so I ordered a new disks online. My shinny new SATA hard drives arrived and when it was time to plug the power connector I realized my power supply didn't provide SATA power connectors. Power adapters go for as high as $5.99, so that meant about $12.00 minus $S+H for 2 pieces of plastic and 4 bits of wire, maybe even more If bought locally, bleh. Plus, and this was the deciding factor for this project, that it was already late night and I didn't want to wait till morning to play with my new drives.
Step 1: Getting the Ingredients...
Rummaging in my spare parts box, found a damaged Dell power supply which had the SATA power connectors I needed.
Step 2: Performing the Transplant...
After making sure my old power supply could put out enough juice for my new drives without burning out it was just a matter of doing some cable splicing. I might be a procrastinator and a bad speller, but you would never see me doing a sloppy cable splicing work. Heat shrink tubing is your friend and a perfect excuse to play with matches if you don't have a heat gun.
Step 3: Conclusion
Recycling, reusing, reducing (and re-purposing) have always been important, but with planned obsolescence economy and natural resources on the decline, not throwing away stuff and not rushing to the store to buy the new ultra-hyper-mega-extra phone, video card, motherboard, printer, music player is becoming more and more important. To understand how (and why) manufacturers change screw sizes, connector and adapters constantly (such as the ATA -> SATA, eSATA, slim SATA, micro SATA, eSATAp, mSATA and SATA/I), watch the Light bulb conspiracy.
Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=251qoGOqpdk
Full movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5DCwN28y8o