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    Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Need some advice please regarding a hard disk enclosure

    I've got a Samsung 500GB SATA HD and was going to buy a cheapie enclosure from ebay (around £12) to use the hard disk as an external backup device.

    USB 2.0 SATA EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE

    Will the drive be ok in the enclosure (there's no fan on the enclosure)?

    Anyone used one of these cheapie enclosures before?

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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Need some advice please regarding a hard disk enclosure

    I've got a Samsung 500GB SATA HD and was going to buy a cheapie enclosure from ebay (around £12) to use the hard disk as an external backup device.

    USB 2.0 SATA EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE

    Will the drive be ok in the enclosure (there's no fan on the enclosure)?

    Anyone used one of these cheapie enclosures before?
    I haven't use any of those "cheapie" enclosures before, but it will be fine. 3.5" drives don't need active cooling. I would recommend you spend a little extra and get one of these through.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    As far as I have seen with enclosures, they do not contain 'special' disks with higher heat resistance etc. A maxtor enclosure for example will contain the same disk as you would buy for a system upgrade.

    Just looked at the Ebay enclosures and TBH I shouldn't think it would represent a problem. They look reasonable well built for that sort of money.

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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Or one of these

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-19-509-0

    (Includes the Akasa - which are very good, but - but less expensive than the source referenced above!)
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Slight change of plan, might get myself a Icy Box SATA External Black Aluminium and sell the one I currently use Sumvision External Hard Drive Caddy

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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Currently use the Akasa (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AKASA...ports-upto-1TB!!) at work.
    The version I have support IDE and SATA via an internal cable change if you plan to swap drives around or are attempting to retrieve data from all types of drive.

    Certainly the best of its type I've used.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Or one of these

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-19-509-0

    (Includes the Akasa - which are very good, but - but less expensive than the source referenced above!)
    Thanks. I couldn't find it on Scan when I looked.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    the two things i now look at when i buy an enclosure is a fan and a long lead from the power unit to the enclosure.
    I feel a fan is better as heat is not good for drives. Normaly I would not leave an external on for long but sometimes there on for a few hours.
    A short lead is just a pain when you have the enclosure on a desk.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by s3ds View Post
    the two things i now look at when i buy an enclosure is a fan and a long lead from the power unit to the enclosure.
    I feel a fan is better as heat is not good for drives. Normaly I would not leave an external on for long but sometimes there on for a few hours.
    A short lead is just a pain when you have the enclosure on a desk.
    The problem with the small fans is they can get noisy. The Icy Dock I've linked to above has perforated front so heat can escape

    This one looks cool - 3.5" SATA HDD Case with 8cm Cooling Fan

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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    ..... the other problem with fan-assisted cooling is that when the fan fails your drive will cook that much faster.
    TBH it depends on what you plan to do with it. Occasional access should not be an issue for a passive enclosure. However heavy, prolonged use of a fast high-heat drive like the early raptors is asking for trouble.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    I have the one from scan and its great!

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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    The Akasa housings get warm to the touch - evidence that they are passively cooling the drive. I have used some fan cooled enclosures, they do tend to be noisier, and often there is little provision for an air inlet, so although the fan is spinning, there is little air throughput anyway.
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    Thanks. I couldn't find it on Scan when I looked.
    Just add the two exclamation marks on at the end and that should get you to the right place

    I've got the same enclosure (but in silver), and it works very nicely - had a few initial problems getting eSata to work but I think that was more to do with the contoller card I was using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    The problem with the small fans is they can get noisy. The Icy Dock I've linked to above has perforated front so heat can escape

    This one looks cool - 3.5" SATA HDD Case with 8cm Cooling Fan
    the last one i got had either an 80mm or 60mm fan but it was ide
    mostly i use racks now
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    Re: Hard Disk Enclosure Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jamieuk23 View Post
    I have the one from scan and its great!
    Is that the Icy Dock I've linked to?

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