Anyway to convert USB to IDE?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by Dogmander25, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. osaka35

    osaka35 Instrucional Designer

    Nov 20, 2009
    United States
    Silent Hill
    If you don't want to spend loads of money, you could get a live cd and just use those instead of bothering with HDDs. Then just use USB for storage. Depends on what you want to do though, I guess. I want to say i recall someone bothering to turn some old windows into live cds, but I can't recall.
    Last edited by osaka35, Nov 15, 2016
  2. Dogmander25

    Dogmander25 Advanced Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    United States
    A dog house
    Well whatever. I guess I can CF cards instead. And fyi heres the specs of the build I'm working on.
    x1 ASUS A7NBX Motherboard
    x1 ATI Radeon from 2001
    x1 3COM 10/100 ethernet card
    x1 card with printer port
    x1 Sound Blaster card from a old dell pc
    x1 ATI Rage 128 from old iMac
    x1 idk the name port (used for old mice)
    x1 POWERMAX 400W Power Supply
    x1 Kingston 512MB RAM
    x1 Western Digital 20.4GB HDD
    x2 CD drives from another old dell pc
    So yeah thats it. (I didn't include the case. I forget the name of it.)
  3. Futurdreamz

    Futurdreamz GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 15, 2014
    Honestly You're better off just using a Virtual Machine for every OS on your main PC. Then you can also emulate Mac OS and every other OS under the sun.
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Edit. Not sure why we are replying to a weeks old thread like this but it is what it is I guess.

    For the record CF basically is IDE, just in flash memory form. Its write speed and IOPS are usually terrible but it was a nice way to get SSD like performance before SSD prices dropped.

    Anyway I am not sure if I have ever seen one to convert USB into IDE, I might have but it would have been in one of those rare and silly parts for industrial and specialist uses websites if so.

    If you can take USB2.0 speeds for it (around 30 megs a second max and a decent chunk of CPU to do so) then even if your motherboard does not support booting from USB you can chain load/jump load and boot from a CD/floppy/whatever and immediately dump you onto the USB to load the OS proper. I mostly only did it to fiddle with linux on machines with dead DVD drives or something (I carried on with burned discs for far longer than was probably sensible) but does allow you to get things booted. Old but sort of what I used to do
  5. Zenzirouj

    Zenzirouj Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    United States
    Atlanta, GA
    I'd third the virtual machine suggestion if you're looking to experiment with a lot of different setups. If you want to build them physically, finding cheap old drives is probably the next best thing. I'm not sure where those go to die these days, but maybe a library or school would have some chucked in a closet somewhere.
  6. Futurdreamz

    Futurdreamz GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 15, 2014
    I had gotten a bunch of them from computers given to me by relatives not willing to pay the eWaste charge, but I just smashed the drives because they had personal information and I wasn't going to go try secure wiping them.
  7. Monty Kensicle

    Monty Kensicle Yay!

    Aug 4, 2008
    United States
    Commonwealth of Virginia
    That was kinda dumb, it's really easy to secure wipe drives.