I recently replaced my laptop HDD with an SSD. It came with a handy transfer cable which lets me easily connect the old "naked" HDD to my laptop via USB. Now that I have switched over to the SSD, I would like to use the old HDD as a backup drive (OS X, Time Machine).
I already have the connector cable, so all I need is an enclosure. I would like to make my own, with an eye towards:
- electrical insulation
- heat dissipation
- physical protection
- minimal cost
- cool hackery!
My first idea was cardboard and duct tape, but this would probably get too hot. I looked around on Google, but all the results mention reusing cases and/or buying a SATA-to-USB adapter. Neither of these are relevant in my case.
What material should I use? What aspects should I take into account when building my own enclosure?