I would like to know about this aswell,
I have loads of old Xenon boards that I'm currently nuking
with a heat gun, and manage to revive some, but I dont have , cant get easily is the external case HDD case..
I know I can buy online but nothing local and the shipping cost as much as a new 500gb 3.5inch drive.
Since I JTAG them all I can just aswell solder the SATA cable to the board and use what ever drive I want?
I've been looking around but cant really find a pinout from the board to just a sata cable , I'll source power from the DVD rom cable, since I wouldn't have a rom installed I dont worry to much about the DIY look , if the board last more than a month after I nuked it, I'll think about making it look pretty.