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    2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    I'm after a 2.5" Sata 7200rpm HD plus caddy.

    Any recommendations?

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

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    Velociraptor?
    Oooops , I should have stated budget

    Looking to spend max £45ish (for both)

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Heh, that's a bit different then. Although £45 doesn't give you much to play with for the 7.2k rpm 2.5" disk. Much less a caddy as well. Assuming such a disk exists at that price point at all.
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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Quick check on dabs turned up this: http://www.dabs.com/products/toshiba...0-361720000-11

    But it doesn't leave much cash to spare for a caddy. But you can pick up 3.5" to 2.5" brackets in maplin for a few quid.
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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    I've had a look at Scan (can't remember the last time I bought from Dabs) and there are a few 7200rpm 2.5 drives on there + a caddy for under a tenner.

    Thank you for your advice

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Noob question time

    Will one of the USB splitter cables (the ones usually supplied with 2.5 enclosures) - use two USB ports on the computer provide at least 5.5W of power when connected to the computer?

    The Hitachi drive I've seen needs this much power when starting up.

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    No, according to the USB specifications, each USB port will only pump out 2.5W (5v * 0.5Amps). If you're very very lucky, the USB ports *may* unofficially pump out more current than that, or you may just blow the port controller.

    Not worth the gamble IMHO.
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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    I've found an enclosure on ebay which comes with one USB lead which has two connectors so that's 5W and it also has a DC connector and USB lead so that's another 2.5W.

    I might give that a try

    So 3 USB ports to power this device but it's portable

    Do you think it will be ok connecting to 3 USB ports - enough power?

    I suppose alternative is to purchase a power adaptor as well

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Yeah, to be on the safe side I'd use the power adaptor. Or get a disk which doesn't munch too much power.
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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    why do you want a 7200rpm disk if ur gonna put it into a caddy? try a 4200rpm, will still max out usb bandwidth with much less power

    27 quid http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?NOV-NBHS80
    EDIT: i realise this drive is 5200 ... but still lower power

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Quote Originally Posted by shbris View Post
    why do you want a 7200rpm disk if ur gonna put it into a caddy? try a 4200rpm, will still max out usb bandwidth with much less power

    27 quid http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...tml?NOV-NBHS80
    EDIT: i realise this drive is 5200 ... but still lower power
    Have I done a noobty thing again

    I already have a Maxtor external HD - it's 60GB and 4200rpm but I thought using a faster HD would give better throughput?

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    maybe slightly better response time with a higher rpm disk

    but usb can only carry a certain bandwidth, never more than 30 MB/s in most cases, so as long as the disk can manage 30MB/s sustained (which most should do) then it'll be fine

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    What a disaster that experiment was

    A 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm IDE drive in an enclosure managed to copy a 1GB file a few seconds quicker than the 7200rpm SATA drive in an enclosure (both via USB).

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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    What a disaster that experiment was

    A 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm IDE drive in an enclosure managed to copy a 1GB file a few seconds quicker than the 7200rpm SATA drive in an enclosure (both via USB).
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    Re: 2.5" Sata HD 7200rpm + Caddy

    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    What a disaster that experiment was

    A 60GB Toshiba 4200rpm IDE drive in an enclosure managed to copy a 1GB file a few seconds quicker than the 7200rpm SATA drive in an enclosure (both via USB).
    could be an issue with power. usb drives run at a certain amperage, usually around 750mA, and 5V. if the drive is using more than this, such as a 7200rpm drive might, it could be almost stunting it's performance compared to a less power hungry drive running at full wack

    nice experiment though, what kind of time / bandwidth were you getting?

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