Hey Everybody --
I'm looking for a way to store about 10-20 3.5 hard drives. I use an individual hard drive for each video project I do, so i'm looking for a good way to store all of them. Any suggestions?
Well, since no one has replied I guess I can say a few things... hard drives do not play nicely with static electricity, impacts/Gs and magnetic fields.
So... I wouldn't use styrofoam since I believe it conducts electricity. Anything with a speaker in it has a magnet of some sort... so I'd keep the drives away from stereos and TVs. I guess how drives are shipped would be the safest method... most drives I receive come in a cardboard box, surrounded by 3 inches of foam on all sides with the drive being sealed in a static-proof bag. Yes, I guess that's your answer.
Regardless of how you store them, the magnetic fields are going to slowly go bad. Make sure you bring them out every so often (<10yrs) and copy stuff from one drive to the next until they've all been re-copied. Same concept as having an old floppy drive go bad from disuse.
Depending on what amount of data you're storing, you might want to consider services that offer online storage. Sure, it might take a while to re-download the data, but those types of services have levels of redundancy that home users can only dream of.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=60... ....try that link, it might give ya an idea, and if ya like you can always cushion the drawers with a thin foam or somthing? But you can check lowes or homedepot for simular products? They come in different sizes and are stackable......Just an idea???