I've had countless old hard drives in numerous different old macs start dying on me over the course of the last 8 years or so. It's due to age, amount of use, etc etc... the standard things that will make a drive fail in time.
Up until the other day, I accepted this fact and acknowledged that slowly, one by one, all the extra random drives I have laying around from my older Macs will eventually crap out on me. THis wasn't a problem until the 1gig SCSI drive in the Quadra 605 I have, which was hosting my mother's website, failed. I didn't notice until the little timer program (appropriately named "Timer") which keeps track of the computer's up-time, was frozen on 23 days since my last restart. I tried force quitting the finder but that didn't do anything... it then gave me some error, so I used the keyboard programmer's command combo but neither "G O" or "G Finder" did anything, so I restarted. THe hard drive spun-up, clicked loudly then spun down. It's sitting in the freezer right now, waiting for me to put it in an external enclosure in hopes to resurrect it long enough to copy everything off of it.
The fact that I had painstakingly setup that machine with OS 8 from another computer (because I did the 33mhz mod and therefore couldn't install directly) and configured filesharing and netpresenz and everything wasn't what pissed me off... it was the fact that this may very well happen again, since all I have at my disposal are old SCSI drives. The Quadra 605 is the least power-hungry machine I own (that's good since it's on 24/7), and works absolutely fine for hosting, but with drives dying on me here and there, it won't be worth the effort.
I know there are adaptors/converters to use Compact Flash cards on an IDE bus... and I know there are SCSI50/IDE bridges as well. Has anyone tried a combination of the both of these? If it would work, it would be an awesome solution because you have a nice moderate-size storage range for these older machines (512meg - 2gig is perfect for them), and the CF cards are solid-state so there are no mechanical parts to break!
To me, it seems like it would work... but then again, there are many things that work in theory and not in application. It seems almost too simple... What does anyone think? Have any of you tried this already?