Well, one of my 2.5" drives died. It was a used one anyway (my wife's employer frequently auctions off old crap... it cost $5 oh well). Anyway, I've got another possibility here and need some advice.
I _had_ intended on placing the 2.5" 2gig drive in the websurfer and accessing my mp3 archive using a usb ethernet adaptor (mentioned earlier). Well, suppose I just drop the whole 3.5" 40 gig drive into the Websurfer? I will be able to access the files drive over the lan, but only to load/update my archives. No USB lan access would be required to play the local mp3s.. I've found a possible mounting spot, but am concerned with contact with the power supply.
Here's how... remove the power switch and flip it over so that the wiring faces the bottom of the case (used a little electrical tape on the case to insure against shorts). When flipped in this way, there is just enough room to fit a 3.5" drive in. Here's the problem:
If you orient the drive's length along the width of the chassis, you HAVE to have a low profile dimm (like the orig 16 meg) or the drive will rise above the top of the chassis. Both of my 32 meg dimms as well as the 128's in my other systems are too tall.
If you orient the drive's length along the depth of the chassis, the drive fits fine with no rise above the chassis... BUT, the drive will have to rest on components of the power supply. I'm not sure what they are. One is cylindrical, heat shrinked in blue, and appears to be ferrite at the top... the other looks like a voltage regulator and is mounted on a small U shaped metal riser.
I'm more concerned with heat rather than current as I can always put some form of insulator between the drive and the power supply components.