DrakeAnubis

PCI Card Storage

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Hey, I was wondering if anybody had a good way to store PCI (not just PCI, but that form factor) cards. Because I have about 30 or so PCI/AGP/ETC cards that aren't being used at any one time. Mostly old graphics cards, raid controllers, networking cards..etc and I tried keeping them in a box but that becomes difficult to dig though, and I tried putting them on a book shelf but they just fall over.

I can't be the only person with an abundance of cards, how do you guys store them?... What I need is a like a cd-tower, but for cards... Thanks.

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I have a bunch of anti-static bags I got off ebay for about $10. I store all my unused PCI cards in them and put them inside a shoebox.

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I use a put them in a static bag and then on a cd rack.

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I tried the cd-rack idea but they don't fit well, or at all really. I think I should just get X number of small boxes, you know like 4 inchs wide, half an inch tall and Y inches deep. Just order a whole bunch of those, then are least I can stack them all somewhere in some kind of uniform fashion with labels on the outside.

But if anybody else has an ideas I'd love to hear them.

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I just stick them in a box. It's not really an issue, but I suppose if you have some expensive cards you won't want them dying. I've been storing cards stacked together in boxes for a long time and nothing bad has happened. They're not really _that_ sensitive. But remember, most of what I have is junk ;)

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They're not really _that_ sensitive. But remember, most of what I have is junk ;)

*Looks at cards... pulls out IBM token ring network adapter....

Well... they aren't important, but I like to keep things organized to some degree, I'll just go with boxes.

You know if I had another IBM token ring network card I would so use them.

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Token ring adapter? Why bother keeping it? Assuming you can find some more working token ring equipment and software that you can actually get working.. besides novelty or just playing around, what's the point? Things like that I just toss.

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Token ring adapter? Why bother keeping it? Assuming you can find some more working token ring equipment and software that you can actually get working.. besides novelty or just playing around, what's the point? Things like that I just toss.

Well like everything else as soon as I get rid of it I'm suddenly going to need it. What if I get invited to a LAN party and everyone is using token ring except me, I'll feel stupid.

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If you get to a LAN party and everyone's using token ring, it's time to leave anyway.

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If you get to a LAN party and everyone's using token ring, it's time to leave anyway.

lol, I'm going to start a token ring lan party, it will be great. Infact I should do it over the internet, everyone just needs to have an adapter to tunnel their token ring across a vpn.

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That's.. completely useless. What's the use of token ring if you're all going to be on 1-node rings connected by another medium? It's also not a LAN party either.

Edit: excuse me, 2-node rings. The bridge or router will need to be in the ring as well.

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That's.. completely useless. What's the use of token ring if you're all going to be on 1-node rings connected by another medium? It's also not a LAN party either.

Edit: excuse me, 2-node rings. The bridge or router will need to be in the ring as well.

... you know, I don't go around crushing your hopes and dreams :unsure:

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I just had a great idea. Get a cheapish plastic suitcase that has a lot of depth. Get a large chunk of foam that you can later cut so it fits nicely in the suitcase. Then cut a whole bunch of little slots that are deep enough for the card, but not too deep so you can't pull them out easily.

Here's a high quality rendered image.

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Something along those lines. Not only would it be pretty cool, but it's easy to store and portable :D

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Yeah but cutting foam seems like ... work. I'll just though them in boxes.

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Get a suitcase as described above, take old motherboards that no longer work. Cut them up so you can fit as many PCI\AGP slots from the motherboards that you can, and then stick the cards into the slots.

Also I'm not really sure if this is the best place for this topic, you usually post a lot of your questions here and while some of them seem to fall under the "General Hacking" description many of them do not. Just saying since I'm not a mod or anything I can't do anything about it.

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I just stack them with the slot flanges in alternating directions, so that they form a mostly flat stack. Then I put them in a box that's close to the width of one stack. I've never had a card die from this (I use cardboard boxes...plastic might generate static? Plus, cardboard boxes are free.)

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I've never had a card die from this (I use cardboard boxes...plastic might generate static? Plus, cardboard boxes are free.)

Well I wasn't concerned about the cards breaking, these aren't any of my high end important cards, just misc ones. I've just been trying to get things organized lately. But I do appreciate all of the suggestions.

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Yeah but cutting foam seems like ... work. I'll just though them in boxes.

It's not work if you use a puddy knife and a torch to heat it up. just watch out for the fumes...

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It's not work if you use a puddy knife and a torch to heat it up. just watch out for the fumes...

But the fumes are the best part....

Joking aside, where do you buy large blocks of foam anyway? Home depot or something? The only time I've ever modeled foam was this one time where I just happened to have a large 3 by 5 foot block of foam left over from a shipping container.

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It's not work if you use a puddy knife and a torch to heat it up. just watch out for the fumes...

But the fumes are the best part....

Joking aside, where do you buy large blocks of foam anyway? Home depot or something? The only time I've ever modeled foam was this one time where I just happened to have a large 3 by 5 foot block of foam left over from a shipping container.

Well what kind of foam are we talking about here? I guess we will have to go with styrofoam, because all the other kinds seem too expensive. I'm not really sure on where to buy this stuff in bulk, but this ebay link should do.

http://cgi.ebay.com/STYROFOAM-SHEETS-BLOCK...VQQcmdZViewItem

For a case try to find the biggest carrying case you can. One with a lot of depth. It should be able to hold all the pci cards. I don't know where to find those though. I know my friend had a really big one that was super deep for carrying d&d miniatures.

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....not really sure on where to buy this stuff in bulk, but this ebay link should do.

http://cgi.ebay.com/STYROFOAM-SHEETS-BLOCK...VQQcmdZViewItem

// Lame Joke Disclaimer

If you buy Styrofoam what do they ship it in?

:lol:

Yeah seriously though you should try this project out. I want to see pictures of the finalized thing. I mean if it turns out to be a relativley cheap and easy project I might just do the same thing to store some of my pci cards.

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Yeah seriously though you should try this project out. I want to see pictures of the finalized thing. I mean if it turns out to be a relativley cheap and easy project I might just do the same thing to store some of my pci cards.

Well gee, I don't normally get involved in a lot of projects...

*Puts on to-do list

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You guys are crazy. Boxes. Cardboard ones.

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