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External Hard Drives -- in an extra computer case?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bayb459, Mar 29, 2005.

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  1. bayb459

    bayb459 Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2005
    I have 3 extra hard drives that I want to use with my computer, but I do not have any expansion slots left to put the drives in my case.

    1 is an 80GB 7200rpm, 2 is a 40GB 7200rpm, and 3rd is a SCSI 18GB 10K rpm.

    I previously had purchased a computer case that is just that -- a plain computer case (no cables, power supply, nothing). It has LOTS of slots for hard drives. I am wondering if I can put the extra 3 drives in the empty case and connect them to my computer that I regularly use (via usb or firewire) as if the drives were in a regular external case?

    If I did this, would my computer I am using get overheated or too much power needed from it?
    -- (if so, how can i correct this)?

    If I were to do this, would I need a power supply in the other case?
    -- (what strength?)

    Any other helpful information would be appreciated!!
  2. junker39


    Jun 12, 2004
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I agree with the external USB/Firewire cases. If you really want them in that large enclosure, why not install a cheap MB and make it into a file server?
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