View Full Version : Drive enclosure size??

01-04-2008, 06:10 PM
It occurred to me that I could put my old (and now replaced C Drive - IDE type) in a drive enclosure and use it USB for extra external storage.

But what size of enclosure? Would it be a 3.5 (the old drive says 3.5 series on the bottom)? Or have I got that totally wrong?

And suggestions for brand? I'm not looking for something that would be used often.

As always - TIA.

01-04-2008, 07:14 PM
yep you got it, a 3.5" USB External IDE drive enclosure.

I have used quite a few in the past, some have all sorts of fancy back up buttons that always seem to fail sooner or later.

I have 3 that I currently use, 1 x 80Gb 1 x 160Gb and 1 x 250Gb - The enclosures are of the Digitus Brand, never missed a beat and outlasted all the others I have tried.

01-04-2008, 07:21 PM
Thanks for that info. :)

On looking, I see Ascent doesn't have any of that brand. There is a ST Lab or a NuSLIM one for $50. There doesn't seem too much offering, and some much more expensive than that. No Digitus:(

01-04-2008, 07:55 PM
Drive enclosures for 3.5 inch drives are a dime a dozen on Trademe. Just get one that suits your budget.

01-04-2008, 08:12 PM
Oh? Never thought of looking there!:thanks

01-04-2008, 08:16 PM
Digitus are really good.

I often use Welland too - sold heaps/own 3/never had any problems.

Heres a few links.

Link (http://www.eoneonline.co.nz/shop/CP/External+Enclosure/External+Enclosure/B1008.html)

Link (http://www.anywarenz.co.nz/Browse/ffc81db796ba4bac8aac8de2344dd89b001ItemDetail.aspx )

Link (http://www.trademe.co.nz/nz/auction-106305652.htm)

01-04-2008, 08:19 PM
Aluminium enclosure so it cools more easily has always been recommended..... but then, they probably are all aluminium now, so may be redundant advice.
Misty :2cents:

01-04-2008, 08:22 PM
Thanks for that. Much appreciated - especially the detail. :thumbs: