That pile of old hard drives in your drawer — isn’t it time for you to clean them up a bit? One way to do this is to make a card case that makes it easy to store hard drive volumes as books on a shelf!
Organizing the data on the disk is only part of how to deal with this 14 year old archive — first I need to be able to organize the disks themselves. The ideal solution appeared a few months ago in the form of BytePac cardboard discs.
Hey, did you say *cardboard* disk cases?
Released in 2011, BytePac kits are cardboard boxes with removable connectors that can be used to connect a 3.5″ hard drive to a PC via USB, as shown in this video:
So yes, I said CD boxes. It’s a brilliant idea, to be honest, although at $50 (£30) for one set (cardboard case and connectors) and $18 (£10) for three packs of cards per cartridge, it can be expensive.
However, if you already have the connectors you need, you can save on the price of a complete kit and order only three kits.
You might even feel especially creative, and get ready to build your own cardboard case from scratch.
Why build a case out of cardboard?
These days, it may seem odd that a hard drive fits in a cardboard box. While a device like the Icy Box might be more suitable for regularly replacing internal hard drives, the BytePac system is very far from being a kid building a «gaming PC» and offers several advantages over stockpiling hard drives out of sight.
First of all, it brings order to a place where there was once chaos. A BytePac caddy — or a similar homemade caddy — can present your old hard drives on a shelf for easy access.
Meanwhile, the cardboard cover means you can list some of the important files that can be found on hard drives.
Perhaps most importantly, the cardboard disk enclosure is low cost, both on your budget and the environment. Only one set of connectors is required, the cardboard comes from renewable materials unlike crude oil, and the box can be recycled when no longer needed.
Putting BytePac Together
In fact, the BytePac itself can be assembled in minutes. It’s basically a case of opening the box, inserting the hard drive and connecting the cable from the drive to your PC.