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External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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  1. raysmith26

    raysmith26 Thread Starter

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    hi all,

    i would like to ask you a very basic question:

    What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

    Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

    Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

    kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

    my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

    thanks in advance,

    regards,
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Really depends on the reliability of the drive itself.
    I used a drive I put in an enclosure for a few years with no problems.
    A branded external drive is,basically an internal drive in an enclosure.
     
  3. daniel_b2380

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    depends upon WHAT you're going to use it for,
    HEAT is the KILLER for all things pc,
    in a pc case,
    you have fans AND a large volumn,
    in an external case,
    some enclosures have fans, some don't,
    AND a very small area,
    .
    if you're only going to use it for an occasional backup or such,
    don't matter a big whoop either way,
    but IF it's going to be on considerably,
    such as for extra space for editing, compiling, whatever,
    get one with a fan,
    .
    maybe even monitor the temps,
    the higher the temp,
    the shorter the life,
     
  4. raysmith26

    raysmith26 Thread Starter

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    thank you guys for your reply. i will be using it for backups only that is to say to move the data from one hard disk to another.

    i guess i will go for hard disk in enclosure as it is also cheap compared to external hard disk.

    thanks and regards
     
  5. Hughv

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    The metal (Aluminum) cases usually provide better cooling than the plastic ones.
     
  6. Noyb

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    There's also a couple of advantages if the HD in the enclosure is the same type as the HD in your computer .. (ATA or SATA)

    Since it's an enclosure ... You can swap HDs.
    The HD in the enclosure could have a backup boot partition ... for an emergency spare.
     
  7. raysmith26

    raysmith26 Thread Starter

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    thanks guys for the info.!

    what should i look for in an external enclosure before i buy one?

    one point is to go for metal enclosure than the plastic one....

    what else do i look for?

    thanks and regards
     
  8. Noyb

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    Tough decision .. There are hundreds available.

    What type of a HDD is in your computer .. ??? ATA .. SATA .. or Laptop ??
    Maybe think about your next computer that will probably use a SATA HDD.

    It can be an advantage if they both use the same type (interchangeable) HDD

    Not so much metal .. but a good cooling fan is nice.
     
  9. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

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    Also .. I personally avoid any enclosure that has a "copy" button on it.
    Just more to go wrong ... and messup your computer.

    It must have a power switch .. hopefully on the front panel - but these are very hard to find.

    It's my experience that the electronics in the enclosures are less reliable that the HDD that's in it.

    So .. I get two for a hardware backup.
    Then, While I'm at it, I get another HDD

    Any Data you don't care about .. is Data you only have one copy of.
    So far .. My externals have not failed me.
    But I did have an operator error that cleaned off one of my externals ...
    Thankfully .. I had a spare.

    Every time I find an enclosure I really like .. they quit making it .. :mad:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173040
     
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