I have two external IDE HDDs purchased in 2005 and they are still looking new. The HDDs inside are both Seagate IDE (model: 8t3160021A) 7200rpm 160GB 3.5", and the enclosures are still working fine except that one's power adapter stopped working in the last month and replacing it will cost about $25.
I am going to purchase a new external HDD, probably 1TB or 2TB. I don't think I will need the two external IDE HDDs once I have the new one, so I wonder how to deal with those two external IDE HDDs?
- Are IDE HDDs still useful these days for some purpose? Is IDE completely inferior compared to SATA and other popular ones?
- If I disassemble the external IDE HDDs and decide to keep the IDE HDDs, I wonder how to store them properly?
- Is there a market for external IDE HDDs or their parts? Who might be willing to buy them?