Home | Blog | Software | Reviews and Features | Forum | Help | Donate | About us
topbanner_forum
  *

avatar image

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
  • December 10, 2016, 06:26:59 PM
  • Proudly celebrating 10 years online.
  • Donate now to become a lifetime supporting member of the site and get a non-expiring license key for all of our programs.
  • donate

Author Topic: "HDD Not Included"  (Read 6363 times)

Ralf Maximus

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 927
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
"HDD Not Included"
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:59:37 AM »
Found this gizmo, and it sure looks sweet:
http://www.geekstuff...&products_id=630

For $46.79 US you get a desktop slot/holder for one 2.5" or 3.5" SATA disk drive.  Like me, you probably have a few surplused drives laying around, and swapping them in/out of a dedicated USB enclosure is too much of a hassle. 

I think I'll get one of these and see how it goes.  Can't beat 200GB removable media!

Or shoot, I'll line my desktop with 'em!  RAID 5 here I come!  Oh, wait... it's USB...

tinjaw

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • **
  • Posts: 1,927
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007, 10:44:27 AM »
You can get the same functionality for much cheaper.

http://www.newegg.co...pter&x=0&y=0


Ralf Maximus

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 927
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 11:28:12 AM »
Yep, but I've already worn out a drive harness -- those cabley things have a finite lifetime for abuse, it would appear.  And my harness can handle only 3.5 drives -- this one does both.

I also like this because it's self-contained and somewhat attractive, without having to fiddle with cables.  Just plug the drive into the slot.  Kind of like a cell phone cradle.

Deozaan

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • ***
  • Points: 1
  • Posts: 7,725
    • View Profile
    • The Blog of Deozaan
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007, 12:24:46 PM »
You really want your hard drive sticking out in the middle of the air? Have some decency and at least cover that thing! ;)

Okay, so first sentence was serious. Second was a joke. I wouldn't like my HDD in open air. Something about it doesn't seem right.


mouser

  • First Author
  • Administrator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 36,435
    • View Profile
    • Mouser's Software Zone on DonationCoder.com
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2007, 12:27:29 PM »
I also think it's pretty cool looking.

Lashiec

  • Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • **
  • Posts: 2,374
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2007, 03:39:48 PM »
You really want your hard drive sticking out in the middle of the air? Have some decency and at least cover that thing! ;)

Okay, so first sentence was serious. Second was a joke. I wouldn't like my HDD in open air. Something about it doesn't seem right.

Like, instead of spilling your drink over the keyboard, you choose your newly acquired HDD. And you've just finished making a backup. And the HDD in your computer fails... :o

Hey, maybe someone will use it as decoration ;D

cranioscopical

  • Friend of the Site
  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • **
  • Posts: 4,368
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2007, 03:56:28 PM »
I think I'll get one of these and see how it goes.  Can't beat 200GB removable media!
If you do buy one, please let us all know what you think of it. 
It looks like a quick and easy way to move offline data between machines.

tomos

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • ***
  • Posts: 10,341
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007, 03:58:25 PM »
what about dust ??
Tom

Deozaan

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • ***
  • Points: 1
  • Posts: 7,725
    • View Profile
    • The Blog of Deozaan
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007, 03:59:02 PM »
Like, instead of spilling your drink over the keyboard, you choose your newly acquired HDD. And you've just finished making a backup. And the HDD in your computer fails... :o

Hey, maybe someone will use it as decoration ;D

Exactly. Anyone who has kids has got to know something bad will happen to that HDD sitting out there in the open. I don't have any kids, but I have 16 nephews and nieces. Bad idea to have the thing open like that!


Deozaan

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • ***
  • Points: 1
  • Posts: 7,725
    • View Profile
    • The Blog of Deozaan
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2007, 04:04:04 PM »
what about dust ??

It will get dusty in your PC case. And really, the thing is just in the "open air" inside your case. But the thing is, it's protected and held firmly in place by the case.

A little thing like this on your desktop is sure to get knocked around. Maybe someone would even trip on the cord. Too great a chance for damage to consider any of the other benefits such a device might bring, in my opinion.


cranioscopical

  • Friend of the Site
  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • **
  • Posts: 4,368
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2007, 05:22:08 PM »
A little thing like this on your desktop is sure to get knocked around. Maybe someone would even trip on the cord. Too great a chance for damage to consider any of the other benefits such a device might bring, in my opinion.

Well, it's weighted (which means the shipping cost just about doubles the price).
For those of us without rampant kids or pets (and with some compressed air handy) it could be a great way to swap in and out a bunch of different HDs.
The risk to me would be grabbing the HD before letting it cool (recalling a recent experience when I took something from the oven, forgetting to use an oven glove).

Carol Haynes

  • Waffles for England (patent pending)
  • Global Moderator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 7,986
    • View Profile
    • Dales Computer Services
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2007, 06:23:20 PM »
Be good for temp control ... just watch where you put your fingers when it is in action!

Darwin

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,984
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2007, 06:55:49 PM »
I like the look of it and must have one! Looks from the piccies that there is a sliding cover that protects the interface when there're not drives "inserted" (Darwin smirks chlidlishly...). Like Chris, I can really appreciate that this kind of interface will make swapping HD's around for backups and data access much more convenient. Begs two questions though, how does one store the drives when not in use and, following from some other comments in this thread, how long will one have to wait for a drive to cool down?!

I like the idea of the drive being air cooled like this - I have numerous 2.5" drives that I attach via USB enclosure. I've had three of them develop tics (you know that annoying grinding clicking sound) and faults from being left attached to my notebook on warm and humid days...
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

Ralf Maximus

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 927
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2007, 07:25:21 PM »
Crap crap CRAP!

I went to order one, and shipping to the USA is $39.  That's almost the cost of the gizmo itself, so I'll pass until an American distributor starts selling them.

*sob*

Carol Haynes

  • Waffles for England (patent pending)
  • Global Moderator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 7,986
    • View Profile
    • Dales Computer Services
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2007, 05:59:36 AM »
For the UK market this looks a neat solution - hot swappable SATA 2 drive bay - but it mounts neatly in a 5.25" bay

http://www.maplin.co...p;doy=24m10#overview


f0dder

  • Charter Honorary Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 9,029
  • [Well, THAT escalated quickly!]
    • View Profile
    • f0dder's place
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2007, 06:47:55 AM »
The device in the first post would be very handy for 3.5" IDE drives, as those normally can't be hot-swapped... and I have a bunch of them lying around. Getting them in and out of a portable USB case certainly is hellish.

For SATA drives (which can hotswap), I'd definitely go for the device carol shows, since you benefit from full SATA speed, with less cable clutter and "fumble opportunities" :)
- carpe noctem

Carol Haynes

  • Waffles for England (patent pending)
  • Global Moderator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 7,986
    • View Profile
    • Dales Computer Services
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2007, 07:01:33 AM »
If you use the Maplin navigation line at the top there are a lot of possibilities - including an IDE solution which uses a cartridge approach and you can buy extra cartridges. Looks like a good idea and they would protect drives while not in use too.

see http://www.maplin.co...=23364&doy=24m10

f0dder

  • Charter Honorary Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 9,029
  • [Well, THAT escalated quickly!]
    • View Profile
    • f0dder's place
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: "HDD Not Included"
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2007, 08:02:44 AM »
Carol, I have something similar for IDE drives, but that still doesn't take care of the hotplug aspect...
- carpe noctem