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Making a standard internal drive external?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by furman, 16 Feb 2006.

  1. furman

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

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    Hi,
    I am planning on replacing my desktop with a notebook. I have 2 300gb sata drives in my pc, 1 I use for backups and the other I keep mp3s etc on. I had a look at the hdd accessories section. I want something reliable that I can stick my hdd into and it won't lose the usb sync or anything. Any recommendations? Do I need to think about cooling or anything? 1 drive maybe connected all the time.

    Thanks
     
  2. GeForce

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    Location: Surrey, UK

  3. Rambaud

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Apr 2003

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    I have a PATA IcyBox Enclosure + 320Gb WD drive.

    This has worked fine via the FireWire connection (rather than the USB2 one).
     
  4. Behemoth

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    yeah another vote for an icy box, got one myself, top notch stuff :)
     
  5. furman

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 407

    Hi,
    I was looking at this one:
    Icy Box External Enclosure IB-351ST-US-B Serial ATA to USB 2.0 - Black (HD-003-BT)
    Aluminium housing with lattice mesh design.
    - Hot Plug & Play
    - Extremely quiet without exhaust fan
    - Works in both vertical and horizontal positions
    - Assembly without screwdrivers
    - Supports SATA hard drives
    - USB2.0 & SATA Combo connection to host computer (1m cables supplied)
    Price: £28.95 (£34.02 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    Does it need external power or can it be powered from USB?

    Also is there any real difference with this one:
    Enermax External Enclosure EB305C IDE/SATA to USB2.0 - Silver (HD-002-EN)
    The Enermax case has blue leds and a stand - and it states external power. But is it not as good quality as the Icy Box case?
     
    Last edited: 4 Mar 2006
  6. Rambaud

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    I got the ICY Box SATA one yesterday.

    It needs an external power supply (which comes with it).
     
  7. furman

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 407

    I was looking at new SATA hard drives and noticed that some are SATA2, wtf is SATA 2? Will a SATA 2 drive work in any of these cases? I saw a WD SE 7200rpm 250gb SATA2 drive for £67.

    Is it worth even getting a SATA drive as an external hdd?
     
    Last edited: 4 Mar 2006
  8. Rambaud

    Wise Guy

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    There is a Sitcky at the top of this forum about SATA II.

    I would assume SATA II drives will work with the ICY Box, as they are meant to be backwards compatible?

    I only got the SATA version, as I have a few SATA I drives lying around doing nothing. It's a bit quicker to install the SATA version, but no big deal. Otherwise, I would probably have bought another PATA version.

    One of the advantages of the PATA version is that a Firewire option is available.