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External HDD w/ USB3.0 and eSATA interfaces?

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    SvB4EvA New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a new external HDD in the 2TB flavor. To fit my needs, I have been looking all over for a drive that has both USB 3.0 and eSATA.

    Seems to be nonexistent tho. Anyone know of one that has both?

    Thanks :rockout:
     
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    Why do you want USB3 if you're going to be using eSATA?
     
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    I will be using it on multiple systems. At home I will be using eSATA for sure.

    When I use it on other systems I want the ability to use USB. Almost everyone has a USB 2.0 port, and if the user has USB3.0 I'd obviously like to utilize it.

    There are plenty of drives with USB2.0/eSATA and if I cant find a USB3.0/eSATA drive I'll have to settle I guess.
     
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    Hmm.. The only thing I've been able to find are external drive bays that have USB3.0 & eSATA.
    But then you'll have to carry around the big hunk of enclosure. xD

    I'm surprised there isn't a single-HDD bay external enclosure that's more portable.
    But this is what I found: Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 3.5" USB3.0 & eSATA 4 Bay Ext...

    Pretty big and expensive though. :/
     
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    Yea, someone just pointed me towards one. I have been looking for a drive/enclosure combo this whole time and didnt think to just find a damn enclosure with USB3.0/eSATA then just get a drive for it! :banghead:

    Thanks man.
     
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    I am looking for the same thing. I have USB3 on some machines and eSATA on others - would like a single compatible enclosure - preferably 2.5 inch to take in the field. There were a ton of USB 2.0 and eSATA enclosures.
     
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    I have to give credit to someone on another forum that found this for me. I'm not sure I would have ever found it... It's like hidden in Newegg (doesnt come up in search and is cataloged oddly) and Google didnt help much at all trying to find a USB3.0/eSATA external enclosure. I literally searched for hours.

    It's exactly what I wanted. Been using it for 3 days already, works great with both USB3.0 and eSATA. Solid construction. Comes with eSATA and USB3.0 cables! I cant really say anything bad about it, except I wish it came in a black color.

    EDIT: If you get it, beware the HDD mounting screws it comes with. I am pretty sure the sled I installed my HDD in is going to be permanent... lol. The screws didnt go in so well and arent backing out. I could probably get them out, but I think I stripped the drives mounting holes a little. This may be the drives fault as well tho... Just putting that out there.

    SANS DIGITAL MS1UTP 3.5" SATA Hard Drive to SuperS...

    Also, this is the drive I paired it with:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cac...
     
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