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DIY Hard Drive Dock Is a Lightweight and Speedy Docking Alternative

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.

DIY Coin-sized SATA Power Module to Replace a Harddrive Docking Station [Zorinaq via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/21/11

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