January 4, 2017


  • Weight: 282
  • BP: 128/75

Dear Miss:

As you may recall, your boy had a little disaster last week with his main desktop computer.  In the interim, he’s been considering what sort of power supply to get to replace the one that burnt out, and how to reconfigure how his computer works (or doesn’t) and where it might end up being in the scheme of the house layout.  While that has been going on, he’s been sort of limping along using his various laptops, and that got him to thinking.  While he had the laptop on the computer desk, it occurred to him.  Why not attach the peripherals that were right there, to the laptop?  So he started out with the keyboard.  Easy enough, the keyboard is connected via a USB cable, and on his Lenovo Flex, there are 4 USB ports, two 2.0, and two 3.0.  So he had the keyboard connected and that worked fine.

What next?  Mouse!  The mouse connects via a small USB dongle, and that popped right into a 2.0 port and he now could use his Logitech mouse, instead of the Touchpad that is installed on the laptop.  While he was smiling over his ingenuity, it occurred to him that his large 27″ LED monitor was sitting right behind the laptop, completely unused.  How could he connect that up?  As it just so happens, the laptop has an HDMI port.  Coincidentally, so does the monitor.  So one HDMI cable later, your boy was staring at what was on the laptop screen, on the monitor.  But the lid of the laptop was getting in the way of the whole thing…how to keep that from happening?  Glad you asked.  He went into the power settings and discovered a menu that dealt with what happens when the lid on the laptop is closed.  Your boy opted for ‘Nothing’ and when he closed the lid…ta da!  Nothing happened.  The computer didn’t shut down, go to sleep, or hibernate.  So now your boy has a computer that’s using all the peripherals he had before…except one.  The hard drives that have his other information are still attached to the old desktop.  How to work that into the equation?

Your boy has quite a few hard drives (6 or 7) that have information that he uses, and hasn’t consolidated.  What he would need is something that can hold them, but doesn’t necessarily require a separate operating system, just be attached storage.  Now there are two different options for this dilemma.  Either what’s called NAS or Network Attached Storage, or an enclosure that is lovingly called JBOD or Just a Bunch Of Disks.  Both have pros and cons, but in this instance, your boy doesn’t need to connect his hard drives to the network, in fact, he could do that via the router if necessary.  Matter of fact that might not be a bad idea in the long run.  But in the interim he just needs to connect the drives to the computer that he’s using now..the laptop.  That actually solves several problems…since he wouldn’t necessarily need the desktop anymore, the laptop is already running Windows 10 in the 64-bit variety, and the extra drives could be used to augment the limited hard drive capacity on the laptop.  Too, your boy could use the extra hard drives to backup the laptop, and it won’t be a power drain on the laptop or a power hog like the desktop was being. The only thing your boy wouldn’t have is a CD/DVD burner, but he could always use the desktop for that if necessary.  But for the most part, your boy hasn’t used the CD/DVD drive for many months, so that’s not necessarily a negative selling point.

Your boy went to eBay and found a 4 bay hard drive enclosure that was a great price and went ahead with purchasing it.  Add in the fact it was on sale for 25% off, had free shipping and was $300 cheaper than either the NAS or JBOD enclosures he found at other places (NewEgg & TigerDirect as well as Amazon and a few other resellers).

Now that that has been attended to, your boy can get to some of the other things he needs to do on his day off.  But that is another entry.