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I want to pull out the usable parts of my ancient PC before handing it off to Staples for recycling. It’s a Dell Dimension 8200.
I want to pull the 60gb internal hard drive, install it in an enclosure, and use for storage. It is part number Dell 5H989. The specs, which tell me nothing, are:
HardDrive, 60Gb, IDE, Half Height 7.2K,30Gigs per Platter, WesternDigital XL30
3.5 inch form factor
1 inch height
IDE interface, PATA
What type of enclosure should I look for, please? Since I might use it with my iMac or with the Sammy, I’d rather have a USB than Firewire connection.
The CD-R/W drive is: Dell 8K592, NEC NR-7800A HH 16x IDE, 5.25 form factor
There’s also a Zip Drive: 250M,IDE, F3, Iomega,V4,01
What enclosures would I get for those? I don’t know if the Zip drive is worth it, but the CD may be since I might not need to get one for Sammy then.
I greatly appreciate any help. Thank you!! 🙂
For the hard drive:
You need a 3.5″ external hard disk enclosure. These are currently available in both PATA (Parallel ATA) and the newer SATA (Serial ATA) formats. You need to make sure you get a PATA (also referred to as IDE) enclosure. A standard enclosure should fit your 1inch tall hard drive. They are mostly USB connected and will require a power input (power supplies usually supplied).
Example from Newegg here.
For the CD Drive:
You will need a 5.25″ PATA (Parallel ATA) Enclosure which has an opening for a CD-ROM drive.
Example from Newegg here.
For the Zip Drive:
I honestly wouldn’t bother but I’m guessing it probably needs an enclosure the same at the CD drive.
They are usually very easy to install inside an enclosure (just a couple of screws off, slot it in, plug in the connectors and close it up again).
Thank you so much, for the answers, info, AND links! 🙂
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