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Hardware Thread, What to do with old 2.5" drives? in Technical; As we have replaced a batch of machines with SSDs we have a stack of 2.5" drives sat doing nothing, ...
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    What to do with old 2.5" drives?

    As we have replaced a batch of machines with SSDs we have a stack of 2.5" drives sat doing nothing, thoughts on what we could use them for?

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    you can still use them as spares for your desktop PCs. You can normally use just 1 screw to hold it in place as they're light.

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    What size are they and how old roughly? I'd be weary of using older 2.5" drives for anything, they've never seemed as reliable as 3.5"'s

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    you can still use them as spares for your desktop PCs. You can normally use just 1 screw to hold it in place as they're light.
    We have small desktops that only have space for one drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I like the look of that but not the $2K price!

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    Depends on size, but Ebay? 2.5" SATA drives have value due to the number of PS3s with stingy capacity drives. We have a huge number of brand new drives sitting about due to SSD swap outs - they'll be sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Depends on size, but Ebay? 2.5" SATA drives have value due to the number of PS3s with stingy capacity drives. We have a huge number of brand new drives sitting about due to SSD swap outs - they'll be sold.
    As they are ex-school drives I would not let them out of the building, either we put them to use or they are destroyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    As they are ex-school drives I would not let them out of the building, either we put them to use or they are destroyed.
    DBAN is your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    As they are ex-school drives I would not let them out of the building, either we put them to use or they are destroyed.
    Agreed - DBAN will sort that. It's just a bit labour intensive if you have a few!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Agreed - DBAN will sort that. It's just a bit labour intensive if you have a few!
    I have about 170 drives in house...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    I have about 170 drives in house...
    Take them down to D&T one day and weld a sculpture out of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    I have about 170 drives in house...
    Ouch. If it helps, dban will wipe as many drives as you can connect to a machine - all at the same time. Boot it from usb (yumi to make the bootable usb), select autonuke when it boots, pull the usb when the image has been read and walk away for an hour or two. Leave the usb stick in and you'll be making a new one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mats View Post
    Ouch. If it helps, dban will wipe as many drives as you can connect to a machine - all at the same time. Boot it from usb (yumi to make the bootable usb), select autonuke when it boots, pull the usb when the image has been read and walk away for an hour or two. Leave the usb stick in and you'll be making a new one...
    Good call, I think I will leave them in the cupboard in the server room lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Take them down to D&T one day and weld a sculpture out of them?
    Our lot chop them up and use them for casting:

    Pour.jpg firstry.jpg

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