Semi-Perma-Attached External HardDrive: SPAEHDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dextr3k, May 11, 2015.

  1. dextr3k macrumors 6502

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    Hi Guys,

    I was just thinking of an accessory that I wouldn't mind having for my small capacity macbook air, and even rmbp.

    It would be a snap-on plastic case, that protects your macbook not unlike what we have these days from Speck etc. However, there would be a protruding section just to the lower edge of the top piece which protects the back of the screen, where you can have a "slot" (or protruding covered enclosure) which fits a hot swappable 2.5" HDD. There would be a perfect lengthed usb 3 cable that runs along the edge of the cover to the nearest USB port. There would be an on/off switch on the adapter so that you don't have to keep it powered on at all times, thus saving battery life.

    Obviously this would affect the cleanliness of the macbook, but with option to carry the macbook and a 2tb hdd without any extra pockets, long cables, adapters, or it sliding around while on the move or on your lap, would greatly improve the portability and scalability of the macbook.

    Here is my visualization:
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    What do you guys think? does this already exist?

    Oh I pronounce it the "Spay-Hud"
     
  2. Gofre macrumors regular

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    I used to use a very similar, but way cruder, method of securing both an external hard drive and headphone amplifier to my MacBook Pro a few years ago using something called 3M dual lock tape. The stuff's like if they made velcro out of the same stuff as Excalibur or Thor's hammer- your laptop and hard drive aren't coming apart unless you are worthy (or just pull really freaking hard). It's not the prettiest solution but it holds stuff in place fantastically and it's cheap.
     
  3. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Not my style, it destroys the beautiful lines of the MBP. I'd rather just carry an external drive in my computer bag.
     
  5. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    I might have been a bit economical on smilies, this was more as a joke than anything else ;)
     
  6. dextr3k thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah! thats what I was thinking of. It makes it essentially 1 package.

    I thought about doubleside taping the drive, but this would be so much more elegant.

    I don't want to ruin the aluminum when I am ripping the tape off. Hehe.
     

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