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qazwsxokmijn
24-06-2009, 10:17 PM
I've just got my new WD 640GB Black HDD today so I think I'm going to turn my current main 160GB HDD into an external HDD. I'm new to the whole range of external enclosures, so can anyone recommend me a good external enclosure for less than $50? I just want it on USB, not eSATA or whatever.

And, I was told by my brother's friend that playing media from a USB HDD (videos, music etc) is not safe? He says it makes the HDD work beyond its limit apparently. Is there any truth in there?

Thanks!

Blam
24-06-2009, 10:22 PM
Playing media from a USB HDD is not safe?

A USB HDD is just a normal HDD with a IDE/SATA>USB adapter inside a case...

Hard drives can cope with read/write easy, don't even worry bout it.

Is this current 160gb HDD 2.5" or 3.5"?

Any case is OK really, just don't get the really cheap ones. Look on trademe, ascent etc.

Blam

qazwsxokmijn
24-06-2009, 10:25 PM
Yeah, I was doubting his 'professional' opinion. I'm not really into the HDD field, so don't really know.

It's a 3.5" standard desktop HDD. Cheers blam.

Blam
24-06-2009, 10:28 PM
Stupid me-forgot to ask, what interface is it?(SATA/IDE)

johnd
24-06-2009, 10:30 PM
I use Sun Bright Welland cases - they are substantial and look great - but maybe more than $50? (e.g. http://www.xtremesystems.co.nz/Default.aspx?Pages=productDetail&ID=2790)

Blam
24-06-2009, 10:32 PM
I use Sun Bright Welland cases - they are substantial and look great - but maybe more than $50? (e.g. http://www.xtremesystems.co.nz/Default.aspx?Pages=productDetail&ID=2790)

That one has esata, which makes it a bit more expensive.

This is the same but without esata:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/External-storage/External-hard-drives/auction-225205715.htm

I've seen them a few times, nice build quality.

Blam

qazwsxokmijn
24-06-2009, 10:33 PM
Stupid me-forgot to ask, what interface is it?(SATA/IDE)
SATA, of course. IDE is so yesterday. I'm not THAT left behind. :p

John: yeah, that looks expensive. I don't really mind about looks....it can be totally brick-looking, as long as it keeps the HDD operating at a tolerable temp.

Blam
24-06-2009, 10:44 PM
You won't get a very good cooling+good brand enclosure for that price unfortunately.

Unless you do lots of writes to the HDD it should be fine with the Welland case

Blam

beeswax34
24-06-2009, 10:46 PM
And Id stop listening to your brother's friend. That "advice" is a joke!

qazwsxokmijn
24-06-2009, 10:51 PM
Yeah I might settle for the Welland one. $45 doesn't sound too shabby I guess.

And yes, Bees, I'll stop listening to the guy. I was wondering why it would be dangerous to play stuff from an external.....

Trev
25-06-2009, 09:31 AM
I put my old 120gb HD into a Greenstar USB case. Think it cost $70.
:)

Tukapa
25-06-2009, 04:38 PM
I have several hard drives floating around and I just use one of these

http://www.welland.com.tw/html/docking/601j.html

Works great for me - easy to swap drives in and out.

wratterus
25-06-2009, 04:50 PM
I have several hard drives floating around and I just use one of these

http://www.welland.com.tw/html/docking/601j.html

Works great for me - easy to swap drives in and out.

+1 for those, they are great.

qazwsxokmijn
25-06-2009, 05:07 PM
Doesn't offer any protection though....what if liquid comes in contact?

wratterus
25-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Then you're ****ed. :p

That's the downside of them, the are great in the right environment.

Blam
25-06-2009, 07:18 PM
There's a few of those on trade me for 65, around 70 incl. postage.

Was previously going to recommend it, (easy cooling:p) but its a little over your $50 budget.

There's a copycat one for $55 on TM, no brand, so I'd avoid it

Blam

Tukapa
25-06-2009, 09:32 PM
Doesn't offer any protection though....what if liquid comes in contact?

Then I have to go and get myself another beer! :clap

Damz
25-06-2009, 09:54 PM
Dont mean to steal the thread (not worth starting a new one!), but what about a fan in an external HDD enclosure?

Iv heard mixed opinions, some saying you MUST have a fan, others saying its not so important.

Would love to hear what you guys think :)

Blam
25-06-2009, 10:31 PM
A fan helps, but if the case has good passive cooling its unneeded really. A hard drive inside a system doesn't require one, just requires a bit of air

utopian201
26-06-2009, 10:32 AM
Dont mean to steal the thread (not worth starting a new one!), but what about a fan in an external HDD enclosure?

Iv heard mixed opinions, some saying you MUST have a fan, others saying its not so important.

Would love to hear what you guys think :)

Some are made of aluminium so the whole case acts as a heatsink for the drive.

Although I find in a computer case, a fan in front of the drive cage does keep the drive temp down; in one of my computers, the hdd temp is always around 29-35 with a fan in front of the drive. In another computer, there is no fan and the hard drive gets as hot as 65c. When that happens, usually when I'm transferring a lot of large files, the file transfers fail and I have to start them again.

sroby
26-06-2009, 03:32 PM
...what if liquid comes in contact?

Dont take it in the bath with you (sorry, i couldnt resist)

The only problem with the reasonable USB HD cases are they arnt cheap enough
compared to the now low cost of a brand name USB HD
ie, $50 for a case
or $120 - $150 for the whole thing incl 300M-500M HD (-in a much nicer case.)

Agent_24
26-06-2009, 03:49 PM
I would be more worried about the USB to IDE/SATA bridge chip that comes with the case, probably the cheapest thing they can find ... I had one die on me (Genesys Logic GL811E)

It would only work with HDDs of smaller and smaller capacity and then one day stopped working altogether