If you’ve been dissapointed with the performance of commercially available hard drive docks (and more than a few people have) this spartan DIY solution removes the bottlenecks most commercial docks are crippled by.
Marc Bevand shares a DIY solution for a situation he’d had enough of, hard drive docking stations that were unreliable and limited in transfer speed by cable limitations and crappy chip design. He designed a tiny coin sized SATA power module that runs off a 12v wall adapter and an SATA power cable. The voltage is stepped down, via his lilliputian power module to 5v. The entire build cost him $9 and was a huge step forward in removing variables from his drive docking and diagnosis procedure.
Hit up the link below to see additional photos, his parts list, and instructions.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 03/21/11