I work on a lot of computers for friends and family that tend to need various means of repair work. Sometimes those machines are badly damaged and not worth repairing because the cost of the parts outweighs the cost of a new machine. In those cases, I often part out the machines to harvest whatever is salvageable. Sometimes they get used to make zombie machines out of all the random pieces, but more often than not I am able to use the parts to fix other people's broken machines. In the end, I sometimes end up with a bunch of random hard drives laying around that are perfectly good and some are even of a decent size.
So how do you use the random hard drives? You can take them apart and remove the magnets to make some really cool art project. Maybe you can just smash them to bits when you need to get rid of some stress. Then, of course, there is always the option of sticking them in a drive enclosure and using them. Most techies with a bunch of hard drives will then have to purchase numerous enclosures and will have a mess of cables to deal with. Why not find an enclosure that can handle multiple drives?
The Icy Dock ICYCube is a 4-bay enclosure that has support for both 2.5” and 3.5” drives, so you can mix different drive sizes. The ICYCube uses high quality aluminum for housing the drive and has a variable speed 80mm fan on the rear of the casing. The fan can be removed and has three modes, auto, low, and high, so you can adjust your cooling needs and balance noise. The power supply for the ICYCube is built into the casing so you don’t need to have a giant power brick taking up space around your desk area and it uses a standard plug. For connecting the enclosure to your computer, you have the flexibility of using USB 3.0 or eSATA. The USB 3.0 offers maximum speeds up to 5Gbps while the eSATA offers speeds of up to 6Gbps.
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