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hard drive enclosure/external hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ahoier, Dec 20, 2007.

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  1. ahoier

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    I'm looking into purchasing a hard drive enclosure/external hard drive...

    What's the difference? I have three spare hard drives here; two are clearly marked IDE; and another one that looks like it's probably IDE. But in the stores they have 2.5inch and 3.5inch. what's the difference?

    I measured one of the drives, and the "front" side of it is like 4 inches...or is the 2.5/3.5 the diameter of the physical "disk" inside of the enclosure?
     
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    An enclosure lets you install other HDs .. or change the enclosure in case it fails.
    An enclosure will let you read other HDs .. such as one that won't boot.

    I prefer enclosures .. they're more useful/flexible.
     
  3. ahoier

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    yea. That's what I'm looking into. From what I've seen, it's simply a case, that the hard drive slides in and out of as needed.

    I was just mainly wondering what size enclosure I would need since these hard drives aren't labeled clearly :)

    I actually found a page with one of the drives for sale, the WD400 - http://www.directron.com/wd40.html#caption

    But no mention of the size, unless that 3.5LP signified 3.5inches..heh.
     
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    Most likely .. Were bouts in Florida ? .. got a Fry's outpost or Compusa nearby ??

    Here's some more ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...E&N=2000090092 1053807123&bop=And&Order=PRICE

    The features I look for are, Easy assembly .. (I don't like messing with ribbon cables)
    And I'm kinda fussy ... (I like a front panel power switch)
    Most enclosures hide the power switch on the back panel .. and some do not have any.

    It's my experience that the electronics in the enclosure are more likely to fail than the HD.
    So I like to have more than one .. dual backup .. and enclosure hardware backup.

    What type HD does your computer have installed .. ATA or SATA ??
     
  9. ahoier

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    WDC WD1200JS-22NCB1 ATA is what's in here now.

    wow, newegg looks nice...hehe.

    But yea, something plug and play is what I'm looking for too; and easy to assemble.
     
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