I've been looking all over for information, recommendations, and guides on building a drive, and I haven't found much. Even in these forums, nobody seems to mention specifics.
I plan to build my own external hard drive to use as a file server. I need to get the files off of an old ATA/IDE internal drive on my PC. I would like to make the new drive either a USB or Firewire drive. I don't really have a preference. So, can anyone offer suggestions on:
1) what specs I should be looking for in a drive and case;
2) where I can research drives and cases that meet my needs, and get information on putting it all together;
3) what are the best places to purchase said drive and case;
4) Is the type of drive I create dependent on the actual drive or the case I get? In other words, for example, do I need to get a Firewire drive AND a firewire case, or do just need a FW case to go on my ''generic'' drive? If I go with a USB case, can I plug that into my old PC (USB 1) in order to get the data off the old drive? If the drives are all ''generic'' what type of connecters do they have?
I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but, like I said, I haven't been able to find this information anyplace.
Thanks for your help!