Re: [Hampshire] On the scroung: Working 20-120Gb IDE HDD

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Author: James Courtier-Dutton via Hampshire
To: Hampshire LUG Discussion List
CC: James Courtier-Dutton
Subject: Re: [Hampshire] On the scroung: Working 20-120Gb IDE HDD
On Sun, 17 Feb 2019 at 12:25, Rob Malpass via Hampshire <
hampshire@???> wrote:

> Hi all
> I’m trying to resurrect an old Sun machine but struggling to find a (3.5”
> IDE) hdd small enough (120Gb the limit apparently). I’m loathe to buy one
> off ebay (you just never know) despite their being very cheap.
> Does anyone have such a drive they *know* is working they’d be prepared
> to send to me for free? Obviously I’ll pay postage.
> Cheers
> R

First of all, thank you for describing the problem you have. "Trying to
resurrect an old Sun machine". It lets people offer other solutions than
the one you might have been thinking of.
I don't have any old HDD IDE drives, but things to think about:
1) You can get IDE to SATA converters. This will give you more options.
I.e. IDE or SATA disks.
2) SSD do still come in smaller than 120Gb sizes.
3) The 120GB limit is just what the machine can access. You can put larger
HDD in, they just won't be able to be fully used.
4) Sun Machines work just fine net-booting.
Thinking outside the box a bit, you can configure a Raspberry Pi as a
net-boot server, put it in a box, and you will have a solution the same
size as a 3.5 IDE HDD.

Kind Regards

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