I'm going to try something ambitious. I'm trying to install a HDD into a thin client I bought to try and turn it into a NAS box (instead of buying one, wheres the fun in that?). I've got a HP T5710 which comes with a IDE slot with a flash drive factory installed. I want to rip that out and chuck a 500GB HDD in instead. I think I will be able to boot from USB to install the OS but I have a couple of questions regarding the physical installation. I think I'll have to resort to a SATA drive so I'm eyeing up a SATA to IDE converter and I'm going to get a 2.5" laptop hard drive (which should fit inside the case without modification).
The question I have is what I do about power for the HD? I'm familiar with installing disks in desktops and that they have a data cable and a power cable but do the 2.5" disks need power as well or can they pull enough juice off the data cable? I've online that this task has been achieved before but they never went into detail regarding this. Any ideas?