Saturday, June 27, 2015

How to Convert a SATA HD into an External Drive

Convert an old HD from your laptop into an external unit is quite simple and cheap. You need to buy an enclosure with a SATA to USB adapter. In a few minutes you can have a great backup drive to store your photos or documents. The good part of it, is that it is recycling, easily done and very cheap, considering that an external drive can get up to 100 euros. This SATA external case costed me about 7 euros, with a cable and small phillips screw driver included.

External SATA USB case
The cable has two USB extensions: one for the data and the other for power suply.
To connect the adapter and put the drive into the external case it is incredibly simple.
How to plug a SATA HD into an external case
I replaced this old HD for a new SSD driver for my Mac Book which is working so well since then, so now I am using my home made external unit for backups.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Repair Dolce Gusto Circolo Leaking Problem

My Dolce Gusto coffee machine started leaking without even plugin in to the socket. Water was leaking at the base, the tank would get completely empty in a few seconds, so I dismounted the back cover to see.
Use a Torx tool.
 Fisrt start removing the two screws down besides the reservoir connector.
Down there you see the join inside the water connector. That small rubber joint was apparently in a good shape but the problem really came from it.

I took the small water filter and descaled it by diping it in white vinegar for a few minutes.
Then I took a rubber tap joint from my tool box and put it on top of the rubber joint as you see it in the circle. Then I mounted all back again and it works! The joint was just too used, and you can replace it with a tap rubber joint, just find the right size.

Descale the coffe machine

This is always a good thing to do every two or three months to keep the inside clean.
I descaled completely by filling the water tank with a mixture of water and 10% of white vinegar, I inserted the empty capsule holder and pressed the lever as if I were making coffee till the tank was empty.
Then I filled the tank again with fresh clean water and repeated the process to rinse.

And here it is! Making coffee again!