Recycle DVD recorder hard drive?

  tristar 18:49 05 May 09

I was having a look inside a DVD recorder I have which has died. With no HDMI connection it's not worth repairing, but it does have a Maxtor HDD 160 GB hard drive.On the label it says DiamondMax 10, SATA150 HDD.
I wonder, is there a fairly easy way of powering it and connecting to my computer running XP, via USB if possible?
I thought it might come in useful as an external hard drive.
I expect there's loads of technical reasons why it can't be done - but I'm curious.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:08 05 May 09

I took an IDE drive from a HDD recorder connected it to my PC with an external case and with some software found on the net converted the files so I could watch the recorded programs on the PC.

I now use the drive for backups.

Case example click here

  woodchip 19:31 05 May 09

Take the Drive out and fit in a USB caddy, use it for backup of your PC

This is for a IDE drive click here check what you need it may b e SATA you would then need a Sata Caddy

  woodchip 19:34 05 May 09

Sorry see it is sata.

click here

  tristar 11:15 06 May 09

Thank you both, I had no idea such cases existed.
I look forward to getting some more use out of this hard drive.


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