here is what i am trying to do. i have several old IDE hard drives that i want to rig up as back ups. i am ordering IDE to USB adapters then running the USBs into a hub and from that hub i am plugging into my computer.
i have an old tower where i can fit 7 hard drives into. i need to power these hard drives. i was planning on connecting the green to the black with a switch to activate the power supply.
the problem is that i have only 4 power plugs for the IDE through the power supply. can i just clip the wires from the other plugs (including the 24 pin) and connect a yellow 2 blacks and a red into other power plugs to run the other hard drives? also can i connect a few fans with some remaining wires to keep everything cool, then just cap the remaining wires?
would this work, or would i need to do any tweaking to make sure it doesn't fry my hard drives? also what wires would i need to use to connect the fans, these are fans that connect to the motherboard. i think it is red and black, but not sure.
i would rather try to use one power supply over two to run these drives.