I go through hard drives the way most people go through bags of potato chips. Currently, the smallest hard drive installed in any desktop computer in my lab here is 160GB, and now that 500GB drives are down below $120 in price that’s my default size for any future upgrades.
Meanwhile, that means I have a box of old drives here that have no home. The seven orphaned drives that I just finished securely wiping this morning range in size from 40 to 80GB (all IDE/ATA models).
I don’t want to trash them, but I also know they’re essentially worthless on Ebay (or more accurately the time it would take to sell each one wouldn’t even begin to cover the return).
So what would you do with a box full of old, small, but still usable hard drives?