Jakub Chodounský

What to do with an old disk after SSD upgrade?

I recently upgraded my netbook with an SSD and even if I was a little sceptical it turned out to be a great choice. After the installation, I was left with a decent 250GB quiet disk that I put aside to a closet. A day or two afterwards, I realized that I could make a good use of that magnetic buddy.

Sometimes, I carry an old 3.5” Western Digital MyBook drive as an off-site backup, because the connection at my home is a very poor for uploading. I keep it at work or at my parent’s house. So, if I could find something that my 2.5” netbook drive easily fits in…

One day I was checking the gadget store and guess what cought my eyes – it’s called i-tec MySafe Advance 2.5USB 3.0 and it’s a real beauty. After I unpacked the frame I was surprised by the solid feel of an aluminium construction.

Frame, HDD and USB 3.0 cable

After I installed the drive it doesn’t move at all.

Installed HDD inside the frame.

You can use clasic USB micro connector to plug it in your USB 2.0 port or the cable that included as a part of the package for USB 3.0 one. The important thing is that you don’t have to add any additional power adapters.

Plugged external disk

Next, let’s look at the results from AS SSD Benchmark, great tool by the way, with the disk connected to USB 2.0 port.

AS SSD Benchamrk

For just about $15 I have a “new” decent external disk for data that I can carry around easily. The only thing that I don’t like are the sharp corners, but the quality of the box is astonishing and everything fits together and nothing moves inside. At the moment, I don’t have any USB 3.0 port, but I’m looking forward to an opportunity to test it.