Zimaboard and IDE drives

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You'll need to use an add-on IDE adapter. But I've done that often and they work well. (y) I would also get a bigger 12v power supply. I spoke with them and they confirmed that the only limitation to using a pair of large 3.5" SATA drives was the limitation of the power supply they provided by default.
 
The Zimaboard is being delivered today. After the fact I ordered a PCIE WIFI adapter, which will be a few days yet. Not sure if it'll come in handy, but if I play with Windows or Linux on the Zimaboard it may. I also ordered the PC Power Button that you suggested to someone in another thread. I had to buy 50 of the right angle 2x7 14pin plugs to get the one I wanted.

I'm on Amazon looking at this PCIE >> IDE controller at the moment. I'm guessing it's probably fine for the purpose. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YAX13Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I need another $12.54 for free shipping. Any suggestions?
 
beefy 12vdc power supply
What is beefy enough? My unit came with a 12V 3A (36W) power supply. I did order the double SATA connector, so I guess I want to know what's the worst case if I wanted to run SpinRite 7 with two SATA drives connected? After some Googling, I am left with a spinning rust drive averages less than 10W (around 6W maybe) BUT can peak up to 30W during spin up. And then for SSDs I saw this from Sabrent: A SATA SSD will usually be below 4W maximum power consumption with lower-end NVMe usually around 3.5W and higher-end up to 8.5W or more with a peak above 10W for high-end consumer SSDs. So I would say a beefy power supply should supply 75 to 100W just to be safe?
 
I just realized Steve that the power supply you're talking about is to be plugged into the Zimaboard, replacing the one that came with it. The one I linked to above is a power supply with a 4-pin output designed to be plugged directly into the IDE drive.

So then you must have a SATA power (from the Zimaboard) to IDE power (to the hard drive) converter cable? Or are you getting the power via the PCIE interface?