A rack for external drives

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:

Disc drives and rubber spacers
Disc drives and rubber spacers

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 🙂


About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to A rack for external drives

  1. Reluctant Blogger says:

    Oh I love those ladybirds. Reminds me a of a dressing gown I had as a small child with big ladybird buttons.

    I love your solution to the hard disk drive problem. That is just the kind of thing my sons would do. I hope it works even when the days get warmer.

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