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 270 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 : ForumWhat computers did you own in the old days? Share your story! ForumNeed a BYOD IDE NAS for 4 drives ForumWhat are you doing to your old rigs? ForumShould I build server or buy or update Forumhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] ard-drives ForumOld 80GB IDE to new Sata 500GB HDD? ForumServer - currently Celeron 1.8 -> what Xeon should I get? ForumPlugin an old ide hard disk ForumShould i keep my IDE HDD ForumNew pc build with old IDE ? ForumBuilding no-budget home server , maybe htpc ForumWhat do u guys do with ur old H/W when updating??? ForumProblems using Print Server via NAS on home network ForumIDE to sata converter wont show the hard drive in windows 2003 server ForumHome lan file server /juke box Forum4tb hdd is being read as 2tb hdd ForumIDE as Primary on SATA-only Board ForumWill 8 yr old Intel mobo support a new sata hard drive Forum[Solved] Should I use an SSD for a boot drive or not? ForumWhen will hard drive prices normalize ??? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !