I have about 10 external hard drives just sitting around. Whenever I need to see what's in them (because I often forget
even when labelled), it's such a hassle to turn off the computer, unplug the sata cables to free it up and plug in 2 external
drives (because I can only plug in an additional 2 drives apart from the main drive in the computer), then turn on the computer
and wait for everything to load, then turn it off again, unplug the drives, connect 2 new drives, turn on computer, wait for it to load,
and I have to keep doing this for all 10 drives.
Why don't they have an external drive bay that can hold 4-8 or even 10 drives and then whenever I need to access them, I can just turn on one switch and access whichever of the 10 drives I want to access?
I don't want them to be in RAID or anything. All the multi drive bays I've seen for sale are like $300 for a 4 bay drive but I think it's that expensive because it does RAID function.
I've seen dual bay hdd that sit vertically and you just drop hard drives in and out, but those are really cheap and doesn't seem to work well after a short time.
The only solution I have come up with for all my external hard drives is to simply buy an external enclosure for EACH hard drive. Then all I have to do is plug in the usb cable when I want to access whichever drive. No disconnecting cables, screws, bolts, and shutting off PC/reloading and waiting. The cheapest external hard drive enclosures I can find are about $20 each so that would still cost me $100 for 5 cases or $200 for 10 cases (one external enclosure for each hard drive).
I was just wondering why they couldn't just make a 5 bay, 8 bay hard drive enclosure all in one and a much cheaper price? After all, they are just some metal framework and sata cables to connect via usb to desktop right? Why $300-$500 for 4 bay drives?