Drive Dock: Turn Those Internal HDs into Floppies!

Drive Dock: Turn Those Internal HDs into Floppies!

Range Govindan
Jan 29, 2009

You might have heard the news, Western Digital was the first company to release a 2TB internal drive. Yep, you read right. That's 2000 GB of storage in one single drive. When I get back home, you can be sure that I'll upgrade all of my pesky 400 GB, 320GB and 500 GB to 2TB! That being said, what are you going to do with all of those drives? You can either throw them away, recycle them, or give them away. I try to move them around to other computers that I have, but most people don't have 5 or 10 computers laying around at home. The Drive Dock is a solution to this problem.

Like most people, you've probably got a few hard drives laying about. Either from you laptop or your desktop. Now you can find a use for them by plugging them into ThinkGeek's External USB SATA Drive Dock. Now you've got extra storage without having any enclosure. This type of device is great for people who need massive amounts of storage, like nerds, photographers, video animators and the like. Or simply for people wanting to maximize the use of their old technology. A couple of extra 2TB HDs and you'd be in business.

Now the only thing that worries me is the heat that the HD generates. If you aren't aware, HDs generate a lot of heat and need some time of cooling system in order to cool down. I've had problems with LaCie's drives who didn't have any cooling system. My latest external HD is a little 500 GB Western Digital drive with a massive fan enclosure. I'm sure that you could point a fan of some sort onto the drive, but that seems pointless. Nevertheless, I think that this isn't the way that you are supposed to use the Drive Dock. It's supposed to be a way to archive data quickly. It's not meant to be on permanently. For that use, you'll have to use a dedicated enclosure with ventilation. [via Core77]

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