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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by keakar, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. keakar

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    im looking for some external hard drive enclosure recommendations

    im looking to buy an enclosure because a hdd and enclosure is way cheaper than the assembled external drives they sell.

    thing is to know whats the best to buy so here are my questions:

    whats the best internal interface? (IDE, SATA, or SATA 2) - HDD connection

    whats the best external interface? (SATA, SATA 2, eSATA, or USB 2.0) - PC connection

    whats better to have if its only being used as a windows restore drive? (fan or fanless)

    is aluminum case better than plastic or does it really matter?

    i was hoping to get a nice external drive for about $20 but no more than $30 + shipping
    and i will just ghost a clean install of windows with all my files, games, and programs installed then its back in the box and i'll put it in the closet untill needed for a format and reinstall.

    thanks to all
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    SATA 2 unless you go SCSI ( Exspenive ).

    I know USB sucks ass for it. eSATA i beleave is the way to go. And think it's the same as SATA1 \ SATA 2. I'm sure some one will correct me lol.. Just make sure the SATA addon card supports your SATA drives.

    a fan for sure but some enclosers only have a fan that will move about 6-9CFM

    I would say Aluminum but cannot see there being all that much differance to be honest.
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    wow, i guess if usb connections suck then thats why nobody uses external hard drives or at least thats what im assuming because i didnt get any opinions so i guess no one knows anything about them. i sure was hoping to here about actual users comments.

    thanks asrock
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