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This seems a tricky one to google, maybe someone here has an answer.

I've got a load of backup hard-discs - currently 7, increasing to 13 when I replace my array of 500GB discs - currently sat in anti-static bags in a cardboard box. Given the purpose, I'd obviously like to keep these stored as safely as possible.

What I'm after is some sort of protective storage at sensible prices. Other than buying USB caddies for them, I've not really seen any good options for this. Any ideas?

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You mean to protect them from the elements? How badly do you need to secure this data? I'd go with a deposit box at a bank if it's critical and a fireproof home safe if it's not. If it's not even close to critical, a plastic box is probably better than cardboard for keeping water out.

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I use the plastic harddrive cases. You used to get them when you bought a harddrive.

I put my drives in mylar antistatic bags, then slip them in the plastic caddies.

They look like this:

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Good Luck finding them, if only I knew what they were called

K-TRON

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Amazingly, sounds like I'm on about the right track already. The backups are of my media centre, so they're really just convenience backups - the original DVDs / Blu-Rays are in boxes in the garage or under the floor. But I already had to recover 800GB of stuff from DVDs once, and sitting there swapping close to 200 DVDs in and out really wasn't much fun!

After I removed my original 5x400GB discs from active service, I decided I would keep them for backups. I think those shipping cases are probably the right sort of thing. 'Hard Drive Shipping Case' comes up with much better results!

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This seems a tricky one to google, maybe someone here has an answer.

I've got a load of backup hard-discs - currently 7, increasing to 13 when I replace my array of 500GB discs - currently sat in anti-static bags in a cardboard box. Given the purpose, I'd obviously like to keep these stored as safely as possible.

What I'm after is some sort of protective storage at sensible prices. Other than buying USB caddies for them, I've not really seen any good options for this. Any ideas?

Right, google has a hard time identifying storage of hard disks. I could however discern recently the following:

http://www.wiebetech.com/products/cases.php

Pelican had some case with ESD foam at some point.

I am eagerly looking for other competitors and possibilities. It's strange to find only one.

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We just keep the original 20-pack shipping boxes around... of course that only works if you have that many disks. Other World Computing uses the 5-drive packs too.

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I use the plastic harddrive cases. You used to get them when you bought a harddrive.

I put my drives in mylar antistatic bags, then slip them in the plastic caddies.

They look like this:

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Good Luck finding them, if only I knew what they were called

K-TRON

I believe Seagate calls them SeaShells.

Right, google has a hard time identifying storage of hard disks. I could however discern recently the following:

http://www.wiebetech.com/products/cases.php

Pelican had some case with ESD foam at some point.

I am eagerly looking for other competitors and possibilities. It's strange to find only one.

According to the page, it's actually a Pelican case. I've found some more Pelican cases with ESD pink foam here:

http://www.casesbypelican.com/hdrives.htm

or here:

http://www.casecruzer.com/hard-drives/24-pack.html

A cheaper option would be to try and get one of those original 20-pack hard drive shipping boxes by asking a computer hardware retailer if they have any leftover boxes, or order one. Here is a company which sells single-pack, 10-pack and 20-pack shipping boxes:

https://www.wic-store.com/

or in Europe:

http://www.transpac.co.uk/packaging/product-info.html

Wiebetech also has a protective box for a single drive. The only other similar product I've been able to find is this:

http://www.raidsonic.de/en/pages/products/external_cases.php?we_objectID=5494

which is sold under a different brand at Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2%2050012340%2040000043&Manufactory=12340&SubCategory=43&SpeTabStoreType=1

For storage in cold or humid environments, it's a good idea to put fresh or reactivated desiccants into whatever storage case/box you're using together with the drives and make sure the case/box is moisture tight.

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