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External SATA drive enclosures

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KTBFFH, Oct 5, 2006.

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  1. KTBFFH

    KTBFFH Thread Starter

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    I am considering using an external SATA drive for my system as a backup.
    Any pros or cons for going external that I should consider and for the enclosure any models/makes that would be good buys based on quality and reliability.
    Thanks
     
  2. parasolution

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    I use several external drives (all IDE) and only had 2 issues. It's very convenient and you can transfer files to other pcs very quickly.

    My 2 issues were actually the same type of problem, HD failure. In both instances, the drives that failed had no internal fan, just passive cooling. My other drive has an internal fan and has been operational for 3 years without a hitch (24x7 even). Thus, my replacements have all been drives with fans.

    You may want to consider NAS drives if you have a network at home. Make it even more convenient to transfer files.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Do you have an external SATA port on your computer? That's the first requirement if you want a straight connection to a SATA drive. :)
     
  4. KTBFFH

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    Parasolution
    So cooling is an important consideration for the external drives (selecting an enclosure with a built in fan over non fan would be recommended?).

    John
    Yes I have esata on my mobo (P5W DH Del)

    Thanks for the replies.

    Note I did try a Vantec enclosure and it ran warm to say the least, also, I didn't feel confident in their method of trying to prevent the internal sata power and data cables from breaking by using a putty like substance where the cables connected to the internal board. Very brittle (when I was installing the drive the putty stuff cracked on the data cable). So I returned it. Now seeking more experienced advice before I buy this time.
     
  5. parasolution

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    Personally, I do feel cooling is very important. Look at it this way, the drives in our PC are cooled with fans.....so an external drive should also be cooled. My 2 drives that failed (within 1 year) were without fans, yet another drive with a fan has been operating 24x7 for 3 years. All three drives were the same make (just different enclosures).

    Funny you mention Vantec. I have an external enclosure that works intermitantly. It has the exact problem you described. Poor power connections. Vantec does make a great hot swap case. If you have a free 5.25" bay, you may want to consider their MRK-200ST-BK case.
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    I learned a long time back that metal cases cool their contents many times better than plastic ones--so much better that fans aren't usually needed if the enclosure is placed where it can get air all around.

    I'll never own another plastic case for this reason.
     
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    Agreed
     
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