January 26, 2009

SATA Hard Drive Dock

Ever-increasing file sizes for digital photos are eating up hard disk space. I have a 16GB CF card in my Nikon D300 DSLR, and can fill that up in a day's shooting no problem. (To think that the first hard drive that I bought and installed in a computer around 20 years ago was a measly 32MB -- yes, that's MB, not GB! And it seemed huge in the days of DOS 3.X...)

Of course when I download photos to my computer, I immediately trash any that are out of focus, badly framed, poorly exposed, etc., but I've found HD space disappearing at an ever-increasing rate. The other issue is archiving, or backing up files. Even DVD-Rs seem small when it takes a dozen or more -- and growing daily -- to back my photo folders.

Enter the Unitek SATA Hard Drive Docking Station. I'm not sure if this is the maker, but anyway, this website has some nice photos and a good description of this cool gizmo's specs.

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Basically it's an external dock that plugs into a USB 2.0 port, and you can hot-swap SATA hard drives into it. It also has a couple of downstream USB ports and a slew of memory card readers for good measure. I picked one up today at NCIX in Burnaby for $39.99, along with a Seagate 750GB 7200 rpm SATA2 hard drive for $89.99.

That ought to hold me for a bit, and the great thing is that you can simply pop additional HDs in and out of the dock as you please for backup, offsite storage, etc.

Posted by Paul at January 26, 2009 07:49 PM