all our software and, it seems, the files they create get
ever bigger, it's becoming a real problem carrying large
amounts of data from one place to another. CE-Rs are great
for small-ish files and DVD-R is great for bigger files
but both have a nast tendancy to get scratched or de-silvered
if you're forever humping them from one place to another.
drives are cheaper now than they've every been but even
so they get pohibitively expensive once you start getting
beyond the now fairly standard 128-256MB mark.
never have believed it a few years ago but hard drives are
now a really cheap way to get lots of storage space. You
don't have to look very hard online to find a 40GB unit
brand new for around £30, and if you've upgraded your
system recently chances are you have one tucked away in
a draw somewhere waiting to be put into service without
paying a penny.
you could conceivable carry a bare drive round with you,
opening up the case and plugging it in at every PC you need
to copy data to or from, but it's not exactly a convenient
way to go about things.
I'm looking at a far more efficient way of getting your
data to and from just about any IDE hard drive you may have
in your posession quickly and easily, The ICY BOX external
hard drive enclosure.
are four vaiations available with USB2.0, IEEE1394 and SATA
connectivity depending on the model.
IB-350U: IDE HDD to USB 2.0
IDE HDD to USB 2.0 with Blue Light
IB-350UE-BL: IDE HDD to USB 2.0 & IEEE1394 with
IB-350US: IDE HDD to USB 2.0& SATA
model I have to play with is the IB-350U-BL, a USB2.0 enclosure
capable of handling just about any 3.5" hard drive
and boasting flashing blue LED driven light effects, and
we all know blue lights ae good right?
take a look: