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what can i use to store my 3.5 hard drives, looking for common items to up-cycle / re-purpose Answered

i have a bunch of hard drives  that i want to put into something better than the anti static bags. i did see some cheap enclosures for 3 bucks from china, they are made out of plastic.  reviews state that they are very tight and the hinges break quickly.  i was wondering if there are any items /boxes that would work to keep them in.  i use  the hdd drop in readers, so i just need to find some decent enclosures to stack them safely.There must be a food box that would be a good fit.
Thanks for any help.

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crapflinger

7 years ago

what's your main concern for storage? just preventing damage from drops or what?

i've seen people use that plasti-dip stuff (that you can use to recoat tool handles and such) to make a shock resistant type of thing. you basically just dip the whole drive (except for the end with the connectors) into the plastidip and you're on your way.

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escapefromyonkerscrapflinger

Reply 7 years ago

really? one side has a lot of electronics that are exposed, also probably be a lot costlier then a box. i have some of that plasti dip for tool handles a small bottle which would do 1 hd is pricey but i wonder about the electronics.you bring up a good area for solutions though. Maybe bumpers that stack , made out of cheap moldable insulation for windows or that sugru stuff as bumpers , but leave the input clear enough so the drive fits in the quick reader

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crapflingerescapefromyonkers

Reply 7 years ago

right but plastidip isn't conductive so it doesn't really matter if it gets on the electronics.

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Goodhartcrapflinger

Reply 7 years ago

As long as the drive has no exposed "moving/rotating" parts :-) You wouldn't want to give them any "resistance"

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crapflingerGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

if you've got a hard drive with exposed moving parts, then you've got more problems ahead of you than a bit of a drop

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Goodhartcrapflinger

Reply 7 years ago

Ok, I haven't seen the guts of the newer ones...I could have sworn the last one I took out of my old dead 8088 had the one spindle exposed....but then, it didn't technically have a "case" either.

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crapflingerGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

forgot about the age gap.......

you don't want to plastidip a reel to reel :P

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Goodhartcrapflinger

Reply 7 years ago

No, but this was a HD, really. Sticking through the circuit board side of it, was the spindle on which the platters spun.....I don't know WHY they had it exposed, but there you are.