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Jon Childs
09-07-2010, 08:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://lifehacker.com/5624331/' target='_blank'>http://lifehacker.com/5624331/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"So you've been computing for quite a few years now, and you've built a nice collection of hard drives, internal or external, collecting dust in the corner. Here's how to put them to good use."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1283884929.usr486.jpg" style="border: #d2d2bb 1px solid;" /></p><p>Lifehacker has a nice article about a bunch of different things you can do with your old hard drives.&nbsp; Step one for all of them is to get a USB enclosure to turn them into an external drive.&nbsp; A lot of them deal with backing up your computer in one way or another, which is obviously extremely important.&nbsp; Since I already have a good backup system in place, I was actually motivated to try and use an old hard drive I had to <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5518518/how-to-back-up-and-play-your-wii-games-from-an-external-hard-drive" target="_blank">backup and play my Wii games</a>.&nbsp; With two young boys in the family throwing Wii disks all over the place I figured it would pay to spend a couple hours trying to load all the disks onto a hard drive.&nbsp; I haven't managed to get it all working yet, but I am getting close.&nbsp; There are a few other interesting things they suggest as well, but the Wii hacking was the only one that was going to stop me from having to buy a new copy of Super Mario Bros every 3-4 months.</p>

Hooch Tan
09-07-2010, 09:38 PM
Going over that list, I have to admit that I am somewhat disappointed in it. It mostly just lists uses for external hard drives. While external hard drives are certainly handy, and probably a good (somewhat) use for your old hard drives, I was expecting something more creative. I do have some concerns about using old hard drives as backup devices. While I do have some hard drives that are running on 10 years, I do not know if they will go for another 10.

Lee Yuan Sheng
09-08-2010, 02:48 AM

(requires a torx driver in many cases though)