I have three external disc drives. Needless to say, these take up a lot of room on my desk. Originally I had them all spread out where they got in the way. I had to move them to use the printer and so on.
I tried placing them one on top of the other but, of course, they then became hot because the air couldn’t circulate around them.
I have spent hours surfing the Web looking for a rack I could use to hold them or, failing that, a some sort of construction kit that I could use to make one. All in vain.
Then I had an inspiration. Yesterday, in the Chesterfield Museum shop, I bought four erasers, just ordinary erasers of the sort a school kid might have in his or her pencil box.
I cut each one in half to make 8 rubber blocks and used these as spacers between the drives piled on top of one another. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a picture:
So far, this seems to work well. The disc drives are not getting hot and because the blocks are rubber, there’s no slippage.
This may turn out to be the prototype. I am thinking of buying some bigger erasers, just to increase the space between the drives for better ventilation (summer will eventually return) and of also buying some wooden skewers which I could stick into the rubber blocks to hold them together.
I am of course keeping my eye on the drives to make sure they don’t start heating up but so far the signs are good and I have much more space on my desk!
If you are wondering why there are 5 ladybirds on the top disc, it’s because the other 3 are on top of the printer 🙂