Great stuff for your hard-drive collection

Hard-drives are getting cheaper and cheaper every ‘month’, as their capacities are going higher and higher. You get yourself a new 500GB internal or external drive, what the heck are you going to do with your old 250GB? Or even your old 80GB? They barely worth anything, but yet they are usable.

You might think, “oh I can use it for my MP3s… or backing up my photos… or setting up a RAID.” That’s fine, and you’re not alone. Most people are probably thinking about the same solutions to reuse their old drives.

But another problem arises, as your drive collection is growing bigger and bigger: you are running out of ports. Perhaps it’s the internal IDE or SATA ports that you’re running out of, or the rack space in your computer tower; or perhaps you are running out of USB ports for your exernal drives. It probably also worsens your never-ending-running-out-of-power-outlets problem.

More external drives!? Maybe not.

Here are a couple of great stuff that I have got recently, both are related to solving my ever-growing hard-drive problem.

External RAID

external drveI have at least 3 external drives: 1 USB/Firewire external drive and 2 converted from old IDE drives using USB enclosures. In a way I am sick of all these drives hanging around, so I could buy a new drive, but why? They still work! Then I found a multiple drive enclosure that could house all of them. But yeah, another enclosure…

However I thought, this will not only save space, save ports (1 USB port only) and power sockets. Perhaps it will also save some electricity. You don’t need to use this as a RAID, but the drives can be accessed seperated as well. So, snap, snap, all my drives show up on the desktop with only 1 USB and 1 power cord.

Reuse hard-drive from old laptop

On the other hand, I bought a very sleek external drive enclosure for my old drive savaged from my broken laptop. I used to have a firewire enclosure for it. But switching it to USB might just be more convenient. This enclosure is the smallest possible size for a 2.5″ drive and it looks just like a compact (if you know a thing about cosmetics). And it’s only 20 bucks (from TigerDirect).

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