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Re: IDE to USB Converters

On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 08:02:32AM -0500, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	If one buys an IDE to USB converter for an older chassis
> that currently can only boot from the IDE interface, will a
> bootable usb thumb drive work with such a setup?
> 	I actually have been using an IDE-SATA converter on these
> systems but 2 of 4 SATA drives have completely died after 7 or 8
> years of service and thumb drives are cheaper and can be
> written to and read from on anything from a raspberry Pi to a
> P.C.
> The SATA drives that died simply don't even act like they are
> plugged in. Oh, they get slightly warm but they don't show up as
> a device.

Your SATA disks lasted 7-8 years? That's a reasonable lifetime
for spinning disks. Replace them with more SATA disks, either
spinning or SSD.

I would expect a USB thumb drive to last considerably less than
a single year in a situation where they are written to at
significant rates.


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