Its not a good thing to drop a hard-disk.I know because I've lost years of information on bad sectors & dropping them accidentally.
I dropped my hard-disk recently Again ,so went to the market to buy some sort of protective cover,but couldn't find any alternative than developing one on my own.
Please forgive the untidiness as I'm not very good at presentation of my ideas.
Step 1: What You Need
What you need.
- Sizable Piece of corrugated cardboard (New or reuse from a box)
- Small pieces of thin Foam
- Cello Tape / Duct tape
Step 2: Cutting the Layout
Cut the the foam into thin strips.We don't want to cover it fully as we want the HDD to be as ventilated as possible.
Lay your hard-disk onto the piece of cardboard with the foam strips underneath.
Mark the placement of the hard-disk and cut appropriately according to your hard-disk size.
The space in the center is so that the HDD is as ventilated as it would be without our cover.
Step 3: Packaging It in One Direction
Keeping the hard-disk on two pieces of foam as shown in the picture,Wrap it up to measure the exact length.
It would take some heavy pressing & holding as the cardboard doesn't bend that easily.
Cut off the extra sidings and wrap it up with tape.
Step 4: Finishing the Packaging
Now we need to cover the USB part of the hard disk first.
After adding foam to the USB port side of the HDD, bend the cardboard as shown in the image and tape it up.
Now push the hard-disk as deep as you can and check if the USB cable fits.
After checking,put the last piece of foam as shown in the image and tape it up.
This cardboard and foam packaging should be good to protect your hard-disk from serious impact.
Happy Holidays & God Bless You.