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#1 cornflakes2

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:35 AM

I have quite a lot of hard drives now.  They are not in their own enclosures, but just simply the hard drive itself (SATA I, II, III).  The problem is I have to keep switching them in and out when I want to access the drive.  It's very tedious to bend over, reach inside the computer tower, plug in the SATA cable and power cable and unplug them again when I have a dozen drives or so.

 

I know there are such things as multi-drive bays but they are so expensive.  I had a duo SATA bay dock where I could put 2 HDDs in there and then plug in the usb and it would read 2 drives.

 

Is there any other way to read multiple drives at once other than paying $500 for a 4 drive bay?  Or am I stuck with just having to plug in and plug out drives one at a time?

 

 

 



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#2 YeahBleeping

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 06:25 PM

I really don't know your computer's setup but .. why keep disconnecting them?

 

Maybe .. consolodate your programs onto one drive? 

Get a motherboard/case that supports more than 2 drives ? (leave them connected)

 

This is not 500 bux... I suspect you were looking at NAS enclosures.



#3 Scoop8

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 07:43 AM

cornflakes2

 

I'm using 2 of these in my Desktop Tower. 

 

Kingwin KF-1000

 

 

It's not a multi-bay solution but it's a fast way to swap out HDD's.



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 10:10 PM

Thanks for the replies.   Yeah, maybe it's a raid system I was looking at? 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3580297&CatId=4269

 

These sort of multi drive bays for some reason are so expensive, but I can buy duo drive bays for under $100.  

 

Yes, my motherboard is able to connect 4 hard drives directly (if I unplug the dvd drive), but the issue is I don't

want to have the hard drives on all the time when my computer is on.  I just want to have it set up and ready to go

whenever I need it.  I worry that if I just connect them directly to the mobo, they'll be turned on everytime i turn on my

computer but I don't need it all the time.  I don't want to waste it's life so I prefer if I could just manually turn 

whichever drive on and off when I need to use it without always having to plug and unplug them.



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Posted 14 January 2015 - 11:31 PM

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/140592-hard-drive-turn-off-hard-disk-after-idle-never.html     I was curious about your post - heres what I found- maybe this will work for you-



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Posted 21 January 2015 - 03:27 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/563966/my-laptop-will-not-connect-to-network;-all-other-devices-do/?p=3603031



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 06:56 AM

I have a pair of Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA and highly recommend them.  You don't have to fill all four slots at once.  The drives act like directly connected drives, no special formatting.






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