Looking for storage advice!

February 18, 2010 at 09:27:43
Specs: Windows XP, 3.0 Mhz/4GB
Hello, I am looking for some sound advice on storage possibilities. My PC case has an eSATA connector/port in the front and I would like to make use of it. This is what I would like to do: purchase one or two Hitachi 2 TB 3.5" SATA hard drives plus an HD enclosure that can either hold 1-4 hard drives that will either be connected to my PC via USB or eSATA. Question: Is that possible? The hard drives are easy to find, buy all my computer products from newegg, looking for the right enclosure though - cooling vs. non-cooling? Price? Do I need additional hardware? Software? Cables? Looking for an uncomplicated but good solution. Can these hard drives be accessed like other external drives? If you could point out a product that solves my issue I would greatly appreciate it.

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#1
February 18, 2010 at 13:02:22
3.5" hard drives are likely to last a lot longer than 2.5" hard drives.
Some 3.5" hard drives have a 5 year warranty, e.g. most Seagate, some Western Digital models, some don't.
All 2.5" hard drives have a 3 year warranty.
Already assemled external drives may have only a one year warranty for the enclosure and the hard drive within it.
It's recommended you get an enclosure for 3.5" hard drives that has a fan or extra cooling .
An eSATA connected enclosure is better situation than a USB or firewire connected one - e.g. you will probably be able to transfer data faster with an eSATA connection than with the others - but if it needs to be usable with other computers, a USB one will work with any computer that has USB ports, IF the port is truly able to supply 500ma of current, AND the port is a type external drives can work with. See below.
The enclosure may or may not come with a USB or firewire or eSATA cable, but usually they do - that info is usually in the info about the product.
You don't need additional software, however, some enclosures come with a backup feature that may require you install software for that feature that is included or can be downloaded from the manufacturer's web site.
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USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.

External USB hard drive requirements.
See Response 9:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#2
February 18, 2010 at 13:10:33
Thank you! I was never looking at the 2/5" HD's, only the 3.5". I researched most of the information already, was looking for advice on which specific enclosure for either 1 or multiple HD's to purchase. Any insights?

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#3
February 18, 2010 at 13:20:58
Why do you think you need hard drives that large?

E.g. If you're going to use them to store music, movies, etc. it would take you as much as years for you to be able to listen to or watch all of them !!

I haven't messed with external enclosures much. I've only bought them to make it easier to backup other people's data, or to use with someone else's laptop so I could the copy the entire contents of the original drive to a new larger one, then swap drives.
From that I found Vantec seems to have slightly superior products, at least for 2.5" drives.

I have no desire to download illegally gotten anything.


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#4
February 18, 2010 at 13:38:44
OK, thanks again. I am looking for a specific product recommendations, preferably available on newegg.

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#5
February 18, 2010 at 19:23:14
Browse through the user review lists for each product you're interested in on the Newegg site, but keep in mind whiners and idiots are more likely to make a review than someone who's satisfied.

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February 19, 2010 at 09:24:13

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#7
February 19, 2010 at 10:58:48
Thanks jam, that is EXACTLY what I was looking for!

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