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Who has to crack open their PC case to swap hard drives?

 
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Dec 10, 2005 10:30 |  #1

If any of you are like me; then you can find quite a few uses for this one:

http://www.meritline.c​om/usb-to-ide-network-cable.html (external link)

It won't let you boot off the USB drive; but not opening my case and having the ability to swap hdd's is pretty cool.

This has all the functionality of the enclosures you can buy (except the one touch backup button) all in the little connector part.

Sweet little buy! and it was at my door in 2 days.

Hope it helps someone!


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Dec 10, 2005 13:05 |  #2

I use my laptop for digitizing LPs by the stereo and as a photo repository on longer photo shoot trips. I replaced the HD in my 5 year old Dell with an inexpensive 60mb model. Got the drive from Newegg, and replacing it was extremely simple, only one little screw holds the drive in place and it simply slid out/in. Reloading all of my software to the new C drive, however, took a few hours and some toubleshooting. On the plus side wiping out my C drive was a housekeeping task that was long overdue.
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Dec 10, 2005 17:26 |  #3

Those things are infinetely useful, infintely.

I have couple of these and a few 120gb drives, with seperate contents for work [IT engineer], music, and pics/videos.

SO I can watch a download of A1GP while listening to death metal. Fantastic. And it saves me from having all my drive bays filled up inside the PC [most of them are already - running RAID 0 so both my HD bays are full....]

Fantastic things.




  
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Dec 11, 2005 00:38 |  #4

I just keep my case open all the time because I can't ever stop fiddling with my comp


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Dec 11, 2005 00:45 as a reply to  @ DocFrankenstein's post |  #5

MikeK, what software and hardware setup are you using to digitize the LP's? My dad has lots of old LP's that he would like to convert. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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Dec 11, 2005 01:17 |  #6

That could come in very handy. Thanks.




  
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Dec 11, 2005 01:35 |  #7

I use these for front panel hotswapping...

http://www.newegg.com …asp?Item=N82E16​817119403R (external link)


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Dec 11, 2005 08:54 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #8

CyberDyneSystems wrote:
I use these for front panel hotswapping...

http://www.newegg.com …asp?Item=N82E16​817119403R (external link)

Is it just a case? How dos it work?


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Dec 11, 2005 12:16 as a reply to  @ islandtime's post |  #9

islandtime wrote:
MikeK, what software and hardware setup are you using to digitize the LP's? My dad has lots of old LP's that he would like to convert. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Easy CD creator has a good features for recording and editing LPs. Record the LP in one side at a time, then go back afterwards and track split, edit out sections you don't want, add fades, tick and pop suppression, equalize, etc.
Hardware wise, any laptop with a decent sound card will work out. Use line-in (not mic) inputs from your stereo. You want max S/N without clipping, digital clips really hard.
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Dec 11, 2005 14:14 as a reply to  @ Kostyanych's post |  #10

Kostyanych wrote:
Is it just a case? How dos it work?

You put it into two of your 5.25" drive bays,. and that gives you front mounted removeable hard drives.

If I ever need to "flee the scene" ;) .. I can pop out all my hard drives and run! :)

And maintaneace or upgrading is done from the front of the PC,. I never need to open it.

Here's a better pic of one;
http://www.newegg.com …TA+HDD+Enclosur​e+-+Retail (external link)


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Dec 12, 2005 08:13 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #11

CyberDyneSystems wrote:
Here's a better pic of one;
http://www.newegg.com …TA+HDD+Enclosur​e+-+Retail (external link)

Oh, yeah, I see now.
So it's just a case which makes removing HDD much easier. :)


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Dec 12, 2005 11:57 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #12

CyberDyneSystems wrote:
I use these for front panel hotswapping...

http://www.newegg.com …asp?Item=N82E16​817119403R (external link)

I use a similar unit and have a raid configuration which also helps to eliminate the possibility of data loss. Also the one I have can be hot swapped so if I lose a hard drive I can pop a new one in without turning off the computer and it rebuilds all of the data on the bad drive. I had this happen last year and was I glad I had raid.


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