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Solved: easy help, advice for type of External HD case

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by getoninja, Sep 1, 2012.

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  1. getoninja

    getoninja Thread Starter

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    this should be a easy solve. I sorta figured out what type of external HD case I need. But I would perfer to check with you guys before I buy. Dont want to spend money then find out I got the wrong type of external hd case.

    This is the exact same internal WD 200gb hard drive I own.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144162

    What I need to know what type of external HD case should I search for? like sata, IDE, 3.5, 2.5", etc?

    few weeks ago I bought a WD Live TV for $5.00 with no power cable and remote at a thrift shop in town. then spent $15.00 for those missing items. My PC has the extra WD 200bg HD I dont use and would love to use it instead of speidng extra money for another external HD.

    Any help would be appreciated, thx
     
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    Here is one that will support both ide and sata. This way if you ever get rid of the old ide drive, you can still use the enclosure.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388002

    Just remember NO external enclosure is made for continuous duty unless it has a cooling fan. The purpose of an external is to switch ON and make a backup or whatever then switch OFF.
     
  3. getoninja

    getoninja Thread Starter

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    great thanks for the advice.

    But basically I cant use my 200gb HD for media unless the enclosure has a fan? Then how do external HD with no fans work without heating up?
     
  4. crjdriver

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    They do not. They get hot and life is shortened.
    An external drive is not designed for continuous duty ie running 24/7 unless it has a fan. Some enclosures do have cooling fans however none support the old ide interface. Here is an example of an enclosure designed for hard use.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173043

    Most people use an external drive for image backups, file backups, etc. If you are going to attempt to stream media from this drive, I would just get an internal drive; more reliable and faster.
     
  5. getoninja

    getoninja Thread Starter

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    Im using a WD Live TV media player has two usb ports forUSB sticks or external USB HDs and can also stream. I will look into a fan case, but probably wont use it much, just to watch movies from time to time.
    thanks so much for the help and details.
     
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