One of the things about being a bit obsessive compulsive about tech gear is that you tend to get a bit squirrelly when things are not perfect. Take my external hard drives as an example. I have numerous external hard drives for numerous tasks. One is for photos, one for media (music and movies) and another one is for backup. I have been a fan of LaCie drives for a while, with their combination of reliability, affordability, and great design. My latest favourites have been the LaCie d2 Quadra. It is a bit more expensive than your typical drive, but for me, worth it.
I love the multi-interface – it has connections for USB2, FireWire 400 and 800, and eSATA. I personally use the FireWire 800 to connect the drives to my Apple iMac at home, and the data transfer is nice and fast. The problem is, because they aren’t supposed to be stacked higher than 2, they ended up taking up a lot of desk space and the cables are all over the place.
But when I found out that LaCie makes a Desk Rack that mimics the type of rack-mounted setup found in data centres and is designed to work with the d2 Quadra drives, I got goosebumps! (I told you I was a geek/nerd, didn’t I?)
It was very easy to set up – all you need is one (1) Phillips screwdriver – that’s the one with the star for the tool-challenged readers out there! 😉 – and ten (10) minutes of your time. The rack stores up to four (4) external drives, and because of the multi-interface, the drives can be daisy-chained together, so no need for USB or FireWire hubs. Mine arrived the other day and I just set it up tonight. It is stable, fits perfectly on my desk, and looks great.