The idea here is to re-look at how and why is there a need for one to expand their hard disk capacity. Possible reasons are the regular increase in storage and backup demands, and perhaps just having a better way of organizing data. But the troublesome part about having new disk spaces is the need to firstly format them, and then copy over stuffs to the new (and usually higher capacity) disks, and then wondering what to do with the old ones.
And this is where my idea for an expandable hard disk is worth looking at. I partly got my inspiration from reading about a model of Nikon DSLR that is able to handle 2 SD cards at one go. The neat and cool thing about this is that you can actually program it to either:
- Use the second SD card if the first one is full
- Use the second SD card to store exactly the same picture files as the first one
- or...Use the second SD card to store another format of the same picture, e.g. RAW format in one, and the usual JPEG in another
I thought since this 'intelligence' is something already available, we can include this functionality into my expendable hard disk designs. Here's some sketches that I did while in one of the meeting yesterday.
|Picture 1: Overall ideation. I first started off with a re-ideation |
of the basic hard disk design,
seen on the top left of the sketch
|Picture 2: Close up of the initial re-ideation of a typical hard-disk|
|Picture 3: Close up view of an initial expendable design idea,|
inspired by jigsaw puzzles