I do not have details, but you can buy a hard drive CASE that operates independently of the tower case itself, put whatever hard drive you want in it and use a firewire to USB 2 and answer your need. I have considered that option myself. Seems I saw some at a place called PC Exchange and maybe Best Buy. under $100.00.
My tower case holds 2 optical drive units, a floppy and up to four harddrives, though. So, I have 2 hard drives installed (the maximum possible) and leave a third mounted between them, unconnected. This odd man out just sits there with 50GB's of old stuff on it. Anytime I want, I can disconnect the secondary and plug the extra in. It never gets in the way, and does not cause a cooling problem. I could just as easily put it in a closet or have 74 CD-R's holding that data.
BTW, there would not be a problem installing a fresh winxp on it if I didn't have the data there already. What I mean is to put an OS on it, I need a re-formated, partitioned drive to begin with. I could do that, but I of course would have to fdisk it or use a third party program like MaxBlast and wipe data in the process. I will do that, eventually, because then if I encounter big problems with my OS it would be a simple 5 minute cable (and maybe jumper change) before I was back up and running. I just haven't taken the time with other experiments and/or learning curves goin' on presently.
bottom line is you save dollars and have hardware you can use in future machines if you are willing to "crack the case" and/or have a machine that does not void any warrenties if you do so.
CGM's advice should be considered. New stuff is available all the time. Keep in mind the OS on it part of your desire, though.
Edited by phawgg, 27 August 2004 - 03:25 AM.