Hoping someone has worked this out in the past without too much effort, and although I have searched and had some success, without breaking my 'as close to zero budget' I have set, I'm at an impass. - (and i cant see a solution I can buy anyway)
Essentially, I have approx half a dozen each of 3.5 SATA, and 2.5 SSD SATA of various capacities that i want to connect to my reserve laptop (Win 10 pro) and connect the whole unit to use from my couch via my tv/amp setup.
**(Connection to tv/amp/lounge sorted via HDMI and bluetooth is solved)
I have successfully connected via a powered USB hub (11 avail slots)
- one 3.5 with an enclosure + 5v power supply,
- a 2.5 SDD SATA to USB
- a standard USB ext HDD
I have the rest that I could do the same way, but it seems an overkill.
I understand I cant just daisychain the SATA drives together, and will at least need to go SATA -> USB -> (Powered) USB dock -> Laptop (USB 3.0)
I envisage a simple solution where I can rack them up in an old tower or similar bastardised for parts, - use a spare PC tower power supply to power (at least) the 3.5's and keep them spinning, and the 2.5 SDD can draw power from the USB directly.
extra stock on hand
2 or 3 Power supplies with more than enough power connnections
Boxes of SATA / IDE / USB cables. powered USB connections
Plenty of other bits and pieces from building monstrosities - probably some SIMM I cant bear to bin too lol
Lots of reasons I dont want to just do a few drives - multiple redundancy file saves, different drives, diff bitlock passwords, because I hate having stuff in dusty boxes....
Appreciate any ideas or solutions anyones McGyvered