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    Question Custom external hard dive enclosure?

    Right because I need more space, I need something to put the hard drives in.

    Now then I could buy a 2 bay Icy Box IB-3218StU-B but if I want more storage I would need more space. I was thinking of making something myself.

    But I need to source the boards that would convert the SATA to USB / eSATA as well as providing power preferably from the mains?

    Now then I have found this, but it's in the US.

    And the other problem is that the board has to get power from a molex connector.

    Does anyone know if you can just buy the actual PCB bridge adapters? I think the correct name for them is.

    So obviously a few of these in brackets to connect the hard drives into...power into the boards and USB / eSATA cables out to the PC / laptop.

    My Google skills are failing so I'm finding it hard to find such a part.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Custom external hard dive enclosure?

    Have a read about 'Bridge Boards'

    Link to buy some:

    You would need to provide power via external brick.

    Like here:

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    Re: Custom external hard dive enclosure?

    i would recommend that you just buy the cheapest case you can find and just use the pcb and power-supply from that. flea bay is good fr stuff like this.
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