Turn your hard drive into a classic

The "Hardbox" would fit right in on the bookshelf.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto

If external hard drives continue to get cheaper than thumb drives were not long ago, many of us may soon have just as many of them lying around the house. That would be fine if you've been collecting designer models that can double as works of art, but not everyone has such finely honed asthetic sensibilities. That's where Sarotech's "Hardbox" may come in handy.

Not unlike some media components we've seen, this 3.5-inch SATA hard drive comes disguised as a leather-bound classic to sit on a bookshelf. More important, it could be a neat way to keep various drives organized and in one place. The most unusual aspect of this device is its cooling system, according to OhGizmo, which "uses the fake page detailing on the edges as a heat sync."

But don't expect it to deter burglars--the flickering LEDs are a slight giveaway if it's in use. So at $300 a shot, you might want to keep them unplugged when you leave the house.