Build your own Portable Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by melon, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

    One of my classes is requiring that I buy a portable hard drive, because of the large volume of work and storage that my projects will require. Needless to say, I look at most portable hard drive options, and I find that the drives are relatively small and expensive, so, in my usual fashion, I want to build one of my own!

    I'm wondering if people here have done anything of the sort, and would be willing to offer an opinion? One of the main things I am worried about is finding a hard drive and enclosure that will be able to withstand travel from home to school and back without getting too "shaken" and all the data getting wiped out. An enclosure I have been looking at is the new "Metal Gear Box SATA/USB 2.0."

    Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject, though?


  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

    hmm... I take it that you'll be needing an external HD, right?
    If that's the case, why not just get the USB memory sticks?
    Or use a cdrw if your machine has one.
  3. grimman

    grimman Guest

    ming: USB sticks... SUCK. He said that the standard external drivers were too small, and I'd take that as an indicator that he's working with REALLY big stuff.

    Audio / video perhaps.

    melon: Standard drives can take more of a punch than I think you imagine. Go out and buy yourself one (or preferably, order one) and drop it around for tests. *cough* You know what to do next.
  4. the poper

    the poper Guest

    I have been using a laptop hd with portable case for a while and have had no problems with it. The drive is 6 gig ($50 used) and the case is about $60. Runs off of usb.