IDE Drive for old print server, what should I get? Tags: Hard Drives Servers Storage Last response: February 14, 2012 1:38 AM in Storage Share solidsnake204 February 13, 2012 12:40:18 PM Last year I brought a cheap Maxtor DiamondMax 120GB for my old P4 print server. It has been running Debian fine for all this time, but printer sharing just simply wouldn't work properly. So I decided to throw a copy of XP onto it, but during the format, the drive clicked and the setup said the formatting failed. Performing a diagnostic using both SeaTools and PowerMax, both said that the drive had bad sectors and requires replacing. Now, I don't want to spend £50 on a drive for a computer that's hardly used. So here's my options: 1. Send the drive back to the seller for a replacement, I have to pay the postage costs. 2. Buy this 'generic' drive. Reviewers say they got Hitachi drives: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Generic-Hard-Disk-Drive-160GB/d... 3. Spend a little more and get this Western Digital drive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal... 4. Get a CompactFlash card and use a CF-to-IDE adapter. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-16GB-266X-Compact-Flas... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Compact-Flash-CF-3-5-IDE-39-P... What do you think I should do? More about : ide drive print server WyomingKnott a c 302 G Storage February 13, 2012 1:05:59 PM Almost all consumer drives made these days are interchangeable. Get the Hitachi. Or ask this guy for one: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262308-32-wiping-sing... . He has 2,000 of them. solidsnake204 February 14, 2012 12:59:26 AM I reread the reviews of the generic one, but the more recent reviews. Seems that they're now shipping Maxtor and MDT drives, two brands I don't really want. So option 2 is out, what should I do? Also forgot to say that I do have the option of purchasing a 2nd hand drive from my local CeX store. My last resort option is taking the drive from my external hard drive, but that would leave me without an external hard drive. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Wamphryi a b G Storage February 14, 2012 1:38:28 AM Or you could simply buy a dedicated print server which in many cases would be the same price as a drive thus eliminating the need to run a PC to the job. http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedI can't connect my old ide hard drive Forum SolvedNeed to access very old IDE drive (MS-DOS, 16-bit ISA controller) Forum what should you do if gta eflc video drive is to old Forum SolvedUsing my old ide drives on my only-sata mobo Forum How to get Windows 8 to recognize old IDE external drive Forum IDE CD drive for old computer Forum SolvedI want to install RAM from my old computer to the new one - what should i check first? Forum SolvedReplacing main drive with SSD, not sure what to do with old storage Forum Solvedshould I format an old hard drive when i add it to new computer Forum SolvedWill an old IDE drive slow my computer down? Forum SolvedIDE Hard drive on old mobo Forum SolvedWont boot up without old IDE drive Forum SolvedHow to get my files off my old IDE drive? Forum SolvedWondering wether I should install Windows 7 on an old hard drive Forum SolvedSaving/gathering data off an old IDE hard drive that used XP Forum SolvedI have an old compact disc drive and it has a cable but I don't know what its called. Forum SolvedHave old tower with Celeron. Need Hard Drive IDE Forum Got two old computers at home. Which build should I choose for a firewall and which for a home server? Forum Retrieving data from an old 3.5" IDE Hard Drive, will this do? Forum SolvedGetting new SATA system to see old IDE Hard Drive? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !