View Full Version : External HDD Enclosure help/advice?

21-04-2004, 02:12 PM
I'm looking at getting an external USB2.0 HDD enclosure along with
another HDD to use for backing up and general storage.

Are there any pitfuls or common mistakes to watch out for when buying
a case?

Is it wise to get a case with a fan?

Are there any power issues to be concerned about?

Are aluminium cases better then the plastic ones?

What should I expect to pay?

I have been looking at Trademe and Price Spy but would appreciate
some advice from some people in the know.

Thanks as always


the highlander
21-04-2004, 04:32 PM
I have two plastic case 3.5 external drives and 1 plastic 2.5 external drive and they all work flawlessly. All are usb 2 and one is also firewire capable. Both the 3.5 drives have fans while the 2.5 doesn't. I use 5400rpm drives in the 3.5's and they rarely get more than luke warm to the touch.
The 2.5 is tiny and usb powered which makes it very handy to to tote around large files and apps (40gig).
No pitfalls that I have encountered but if u do get one, try to check that it has a standard computer powercord as one of mine takes a propriatry power cord which is a pain to carry around with you and a hassle if you lose it.
I've seen 3.5 boxes going for as little as 40 bucks (usb 2 only) but Ice brand external drive case (which I use) seem to roam around the hundred dollar mark
Be aware that while they are usb 1 backward compatible, large files take a loooooong time to down/up load on older machines
The aluminium ones definitely look nicer though :-)

21-04-2004, 04:40 PM
I just picked myself up a 3.5" USB2.0 External HDD case, and a 120GB Samsung 7200rpm HDD for $240 all up Incl. GST.

Nothing short of brilliant :-)


21-04-2004, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback/advice...

I was looking at fitting a 80gb seagate 7200 rpm to whatever case
I decided on getting... <- Simply because these seemed pretty cheap
and reliable.

Would you reccommend a case with a fan for a 7200rpm HDD?

Alot of the plastic cases I have looked at on trademe do not mention
if they have a fan... I will have a hunt online for the Ice brand you
have mentioned.

Chill, was this a deal somewhere or was it simply right place, right time?

Thanks again people.

Much Appreciated.


21-04-2004, 06:47 PM
Mine doesnt have a fan, it has holes in the front for air-flow though.

Check www.qmb.co.nz
I bought the DataLink USB2.0 External HDD Enclosure and the 120GB Samsung HDD.