The Floppy Disk Returns!

No, this isn’t the 1.44 megabyte floppy disk of many years past, it’s better.  Much better. Previously I depended on Thermaltake’s hard drive docking station to easily view or move files from hard drives.  Such docking stations are inexpensive, costing about $40 from online retailers such as TigerDirect.  I still use the Thermaltake, but only as a portable solution.  These docking stations are easy to use and incorporate eSATA or USB 2.0 connections to your desktop.  But when moving large files, heat can be a concern.  Not to mention more cables and wires on the desktop.  Enter the Wiebetech solution.

Wiebetech's RTX100 hardened trayless hard drive reader

Wiebetech's RTX100 hardened trayless hard drive reader

I wanted a cleaner desktop, and Wiebetech’s RTX100 is the perfect solution.  I was so pleased with the RTX100 that I wanted to share my findings here.  The RTX100H costs less than fifty dollars and it includes everything you need to easily install the hard drive reader into an empty front bay on your desktop.  Hard drives are hot-swappable, connecting through an available SATA connector on your motherboard.  The tray door can be locked if desired.  The inserted hard drive is kept cool by your systems internal fans. 

Simply insert a hard drive into the trayless RTX100

Simply insert a hard drive into the trayless RTX100

Nice clean profile

Nice clean profile

Wiebetech includes everything you need to install the RTX100.  Okay, so your “floppy-disk” now has a larger profile, but who can complain when your floppy disk is now 1 terabyte….  Wiebetech’s Anti-static cases are ideal for storing bare hard dives too.  Similar to old VHS video tape cases, the Wiebetech antistatic hard drive cases are easy to label and store on a bookshelf.  The Phase One P65+ medium format digital back creates large beautiful digital images (with huge files), and the RTX100 makes it easier to organize and access my work.  Perfect!  kmd

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