Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

  1. #1
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Wyoming's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • AMD 64 Athlon 3700+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 1GB DDR PC3200 OCZ Performance Series
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HIS HD3850 pro 256MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Ammo 533
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus PW191 19" @ 1440x900

    I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Well I found my old Creative Zen Vision: M lying around today, and its screen is completely broken so after some quick googling and a few tutorials later... I have a nice HDD in my possession:

    Hitachi Travelstar 30 GB 4200rpm
    Model Number: HTC426030G5CE00

    So now what do I do? The thing has a zif connector, not something I'm at all familiar with but apparently I can get an adapter to USB from a hard disk enclosure.

    I've thought about putting it inside an Asus EEE, these drives are obviously fairly rugged and it's also small enough that with some slight modification to the chassis I can get one inside...

    Lastly, does anyone have any data on the read/write speeds for these things? If it's nippy enough I might use it as an external hard drive. Or as the basis for some sort of mod to make an incredibly small PC in some sort of household object.

  2. #2
    Does he need a reason? Funkstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    19,874
    Thanks
    630
    Thanked
    965 times in 816 posts
    • Funkstar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB OCZ PC2-6400C5 800MHz Quad Channel
      • Storage:
      • 650GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB ATI Radeon HD4550
      • PSU:
      • Antec 350W 80+ Efficient PSU
      • Case:
      • Antec NSK1480 Slim Mini Desktop Case
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 + 2408 monitors
      • Internet:
      • Zen 8mb

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    It's going to be a loooong way from being a speed deamon thats for sure.

    You should be able to get an adapter to convert it to a standard 2.5" or regular IDE connector.

  3. #3
    finding nemo staffsMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,497
    Thanks
    197
    Thanked
    794 times in 741 posts
    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    No point using it the EEE is will be painfully slow if it works, especially if you are used to an SSD.
    It'll be fine for an external hard drive though assuming you can get it to work.

  4. #4
    That'd Get Ruined! keef247's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Brownsville
    Posts
    1,269
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked
    9 times in 8 posts
    • keef247's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Its a laptop so no idea lol
      • CPU:
      • the new 2.4GHz Macbook unibody
      • Memory:
      • 4GB DDR3 1066MHz Corsair XMS
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung Spinpoint SATA2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9400M 256MB GDDR3
      • PSU:
      • laptop :P
      • Case:
      • New Macbook Unibody
      • Operating System:
      • OS X Yosemite
      • Monitor(s):
      • 1280x800 LED 13.3 macbook screen
      • Internet:
      • 16mb sky uncapped package... currently around 6-8mb down my road but still 652k is fasssst:D

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    couldn't you just of kept it in the creative and just used it as backup storage? would of saved alotta hassle...
    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz regarding the Apple Mighty Mouse
    I just got so fed up with this thing for it's crappy erratically working scroll ball and poor right-click detection that I just threw it against a wall and it exploded.

    Good riddance. Wish I'd done it about a year ago.

  5. #5
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Wyoming's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • AMD 64 Athlon 3700+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 1GB DDR PC3200 OCZ Performance Series
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HIS HD3850 pro 256MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Ammo 533
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus PW191 19" @ 1440x900

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Quote Originally Posted by keef247 View Post
    couldn't you just of kept it in the creative and just used it as backup storage? would of saved alotta hassle...
    In the creative you have to use the software of the MP3 player requiring me to turn it on, and select "removable disk" mode, which I have managed by random luck before but doesn't make it very useful as a backup. I can also only use 16 GB of the drive for data storage.

    I've had a look at EEE mods with 1.8" HDDs, they're trickier than I first thought, and would apparently mean a high chance of bricking my EEE.

    So I'm now looking at making something very, very small. A PC which is just a low lying box. No optical drives (I have an external drive I'll use) and all passively cooled (or just very quiet) to run 24/7 and it would only need a network port, a few USB ports and a VGA port for occasionally connecting a monitor. So I was thinking about a SoA system, which I can probably make with parts off the bay cheaply, and I already have some spare bits.

    Any micro ATX boards for SoA going around, what good passive cooling can I get for a SoA CPU and what small, stable, quiet PSUs can I use?

  6. #6
    radix lecti dave87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,806
    Thanks
    657
    Thanked
    931 times in 634 posts
    • dave87's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus
      • CPU:
      • i5 3470k under Corsair H80 WC
      • Memory:
      • 8gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 240gb SSD + 120gb SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus HD7950
      • PSU:
      • XFX 600w Modular
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A05FNB + Acoustipack
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2x Dell S2309W (1920x1080)
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity Option 2

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    I'd go the Mini ITX route, and use the 30gb as storage, perhaps a compact flash card as the boot drive. Then you would have the rest of the bits you wanted - Network VGA and USBs.

  7. #7
    Seething Cauldron of Hatred TheAnimus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    17,147
    Thanks
    798
    Thanked
    2,151 times in 1,407 posts

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Nano ITX is also an option, getting even smaller, Pico ITX!
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

  8. #8
    SiM
    SiM is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    7,787
    Thanks
    300
    Thanked
    633 times in 422 posts
    • SiM's system
      • Motherboard:
      • P5K Premium
      • CPU:
      • Q6600
      • Memory:
      • 8GB PC2-6400 OCZ ReaperX + Platinum
      • Storage:
      • 3 x 320gb HD322HJ single platter in Raid 0
      • Graphics card(s):
      • PNY GTX285
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX650W
      • Case:
      • Antec 1200
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2407-HC

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Just sell it... its not worth the hassle...

  9. #9
    WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! MadduckUK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lytham St. Annes
    Posts
    17,293
    Thanks
    649
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,006 posts
    • MadduckUK's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A88XM-PLUS
      • CPU:
      • AMD 860K @4.45
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4x4GB) PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • 1x240GB Sandisk Extreme / 3x500GB RAID0 / 3GB Backup
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon 7870XT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX750w
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Galdiator 600
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • DELL S2409W
      • Internet:
      • 3 One Plan
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
    Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit
    Vodka

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    524
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked
    40 times in 34 posts

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wyoming View Post
    In the creative you have to use the software of the MP3 player requiring me to turn it on, and select "removable disk" mode, which I have managed by random luck before but doesn't make it very useful as a backup. I can also only use 16 GB of the drive for data storage.
    Maybe the firmware can be replaced? There are various open source firmwares for MP3 players , although I have to confess I'm not familiar with any for Creative players.
    I use Rockbox which would allow you to use as an external drive with no intervention (and get at the whole drive space), but there are no Creative ports.

    Not sure if there is anything suitable, but may be worth a look

  11. #11
    That'd Get Ruined! keef247's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Brownsville
    Posts
    1,269
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked
    9 times in 8 posts
    • keef247's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Its a laptop so no idea lol
      • CPU:
      • the new 2.4GHz Macbook unibody
      • Memory:
      • 4GB DDR3 1066MHz Corsair XMS
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung Spinpoint SATA2
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9400M 256MB GDDR3
      • PSU:
      • laptop :P
      • Case:
      • New Macbook Unibody
      • Operating System:
      • OS X Yosemite
      • Monitor(s):
      • 1280x800 LED 13.3 macbook screen
      • Internet:
      • 16mb sky uncapped package... currently around 6-8mb down my road but still 652k is fasssst:D

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    yer isn't their alternative firmwares for the creatives?
    i have a 40gb zen you could have for a small fee if you want?
    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz regarding the Apple Mighty Mouse
    I just got so fed up with this thing for it's crappy erratically working scroll ball and poor right-click detection that I just threw it against a wall and it exploded.

    Good riddance. Wish I'd done it about a year ago.

  12. #12
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Wyoming's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • AMD 64 Athlon 3700+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 1GB DDR PC3200 OCZ Performance Series
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HIS HD3850 pro 256MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Ammo 533
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus PW191 19" @ 1440x900

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    I'd get the blue version floating around on ebay, which is an asian import but specifies that it works with hitachi drives. That one only says toshiba and the drives may have different dimensions. Not a risk I want to take.

    I may just gut the enclosure for the adapter and use it in some project, what's looking more likely is buying a Zif to IDE adapter and using it as a drive in a very small PC or as a spare internal hard drive.

    I'm not going to sell it, without buying this stuff I don't know whether it's still working and thus can't guarantee its worth. The screen is broken, it's not useful even with a new firmware.

    I've been looking at micro, nano and pico boards. The picos look too expensive and perhaps even too small. So it's a nano or micro. The micros seem much more affordable (I'm looking to build the system for sub-£100 or up to £200) and my main concern is not the width and length of the system, but the height. I'll use a motherboard tray from an old ATX case and I'll just make a custom case to go over the system. It just needs to house the motherboard (and attached components), PSU and the tiny hard drive.

    I'm not looking for power, this thing will be used as storage (with some external hard drives wired down below my desk or into the bottom of my wardrobe) and possibly as a dedicated server for Teamspeak2/3.

    Thanks for the suggestions so far!

  13. #13
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • Wyoming's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • AMD 64 Athlon 3700+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 1GB DDR PC3200 OCZ Performance Series
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HIS HD3850 pro 256MB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master Ammo 533
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus PW191 19" @ 1440x900

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    Quote Originally Posted by keef247 View Post
    yer isn't their alternative firmwares for the creatives?
    i have a 40gb zen you could have for a small fee if you want?
    Thanks, but this player is from a pile of old PC junk I was looking through in my room. I bought a replacement player immediately after I broke the first.

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    92
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    If you are looking at a small system for that drive I was tempted by one of these a while back:
    (FX5620 VIA EDEN 1Ghz £296.51) LinITX.com - FX5620 VIA EDEN 1Ghz 6 NIC Firewall/Router Platform - 1xGigaLAN + 5x10/100
    or
    (Light CV860A 533 MHz Fanless £204.53) LinITX.com - Light CV860A (533 MHz Fanless) - 1 NIC

    I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much though so I expect they are probably more than you want to spend. (And where is the fun in a pre/part built box!)

    Also if you get one of those you'll need a the correct zif to 2.5" disk adapter like this one: www.span.com - IA18Z - Convert 1.8" HD (ZIF) to IDE (44pin laptop type). Includes 1x ZIF Cable - ATA Accessories - IDE Adapter Convert 1.8" HD (ZIF) to IDE (44pin laptop type). Includes 1x ZIF Cable

    Nick
    Abit IP-35 Pro, Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz, 8800GTS 512, Zalman Reserator1 External Watercooler, 4GB DDR2, 76GB Raptor 10k, 300GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 2x Maxtor 250GB 7.2k, ViewSonic VP201s & Dell 2408

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    819
    Thanks
    225
    Thanked
    15 times in 15 posts

    Re: I've salvaged a 1.8" HDD - Now What?

    (What's Green, plastic, has a round base (sometimes square), and is about a metre high - yes, that's right. A wheelie bin. THAT's "what"...)

    No seriously, have you found a use for it, yet? I only saw one the other day and they're tiny... You could have a collection of HDDs up on your wall; eventually, when they fail on you, you could get the 'whole set':
    • MicroSD
    • MiniSD
    • SD
    • CF
    • 1.8"
    • 2.5"
    • 3.5"
    • 5" (if you can find one)


    Yeah, you could get quite a display going... what do you think?

    Baius
    Tech: NAS | D2 | L1 | N1 | T2 | U1 | P3

    0iD@TWDJT: P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
    S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. External HDD enclosure causing nasty static noise
    By Jez in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-10-2007, 12:16 AM
  2. "Delayed Write Failed" (500GB Freecom HDD)
    By c00kie in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-07-2007, 12:13 PM
  3. HDD custom enclosure
    By masterkeith in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-04-2007, 02:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •