Removable Hard Drive Racks- which one to buy?

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I want to install two hard drive racks so I can easily interchange the drives, but I need some help on understanding the various types of IDE drives. For example, what constitutes an "ultra" HD and what do the UDMA 33/66/100 classifications designate. Most important, which HD's require an 80 pin cable? Thanks
 
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I guess I would answer that question with how OFTEN are you planning on removing the trays from the DOCK? If you plan on doing this alot, I would get some metal trays of some sort. It really doesn't matter in my opinion what kind. A rack is a rack. Get a rack that is rated for ATA133 and you'll be covered in most cases.

I'd say that 99.9% of hard drives made today are 80pin hard drives, so you have nothing to worry about there, just get any rack.

I've posted this picture before, but here are some racks I used. They are cheap plastic ones and work just fine, except I broke two of them jamming them in, but at the cost, they are cheap to replace.
 

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HI .. I used to use those things a lot .. took em in and out all the time but then they "croaked" .. am hoping it is just dirty contacts but I know it isn't the hard drives because when I hard wired them in they were fine.. just to warn you ..
 

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There are lots and lots of reasons to change drives. Even though you can program multiple OS's on a single PC (which my business requires me to access), doing so presents "ghosting" problems. Also, physically removing the hard drive which contains a ghost &/or data backup is the only sure way to keep it safe. It is also an easy way to recover data from customer pc's that have crashed motherboards or CPU's.
 
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pcpaul2,
If you are just doing this to change OSes, the racks are not that important.
I use these. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-121-101&depa=0
I switch between WinXP, WinME and Win98SE. There is a slave drive perminently installed inside the case to be a "common" area to all of the OSes, if I would need to share something between them.


If you are using them for data storage (back-ups) like in a server situation, where you need to remove the drive from the building overnight, then you may want to look into SCSI drives. They have very similar looking racks but they are hot-swapable, meaning that they can be removed with out shutting down the computer.
 
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Reading the initial message , sounded like you only wanted to swap OS's which can simply be achieved with a software boot loader or change the boot sequence in the BIOS (no tray needed).

But for safeguarding a backup & connect other hard disks a tray is very useful.

The ghosting problem I don't understand :D
Excellent piece of software by the way.
 
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PC Paul by ghosting problems do you mean problems with the program GHOST? Or are you referring to something else . You have me very curious now .. thank you ..:)
 
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Hi,

The removable drive caddies I've seen are drive RPM rated. You could not put a hi speed 10,000 rpm drive in a caddy only rated for a 5,400 rpm.

Beyond that, go for it. This is a solution I have suggested many times for backups, multiple boots different O/s's, Children wanting to use parents computer and so forth.

As a backup device it is perfect as the spare hard disk & caddy can be stored off site for total protection.

With something like Ghost or Drive Image you have total backup.

hth

Ceri
 
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