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Old 11-28-2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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Question Magical devices that turn internal hard drives into external hard drives...

Suppose I splurge and get a new 'puter... but I want to have ready access to the data on my current hard drives (2 of them). Does anyone have any recommendations (or warnings) about those crazy hard drive cases that you hook up via fireware or whatnot to make internal drives external?
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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Works fine for me.
What do you need to know?
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:33 PM   #3
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Does anyone have any recommendations
Buy them. Install your HDDs. Rejoice.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:34 PM   #4
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they work good, and fast too. The USB2 version.
Firewire should be as fast as if it were connected to the IDE port.
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Why not just install your two current drives inside the new computer? Unless you need portability for some reason, there's a free solution.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:35 PM   #6
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Firewire if I'm doing A LOT of direct extended transfer(like video editing).

USB2 is good enough for everyday use.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:36 PM   #7
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i have one

i had to use it the other day on my home computer to get rid of a virius
(remove drive from main computer, put in external enclosure,plug into second computer, delete dll, disco)
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They're called "drive enclosures". The really good ones have SATA interfaces in addition to a USB/FW port so you can essentially plug it directly into the motherboard using a SATA card.
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Well I suppose I COULD just intall it on the new puter, but they are older EIDE ATA100 drives, and I would obviously be going to SATA with the new puter. When last I looked into that kind of thing a lot of mobo and chipset makers were having issues with mixing two HD standards on one mobo. I guess that's all been fixed up?
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I have a few of them.

usbgear has all kinds of good ones.

http://usbgear.com/USB-Enclosures.html

I have this one:
http://usbgear.com/computer_cable_de...22%2C312%2C315
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I love mine. Able to access the data from my puter that had a hardware failure until I can get the drive into a file server that I'm piecing together.
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Well I suppose I COULD just intall it on the new puter, but they are older EIDE ATA100 drives, and I would obviously be going to SATA with the new puter. When last I looked into that kind of thing a lot of mobo and chipset makers were having issues with mixing two HD standards on one mobo. I guess that's all been fixed up?
You could always get a nice cheap ATA100 controller card if you have extra expansion bays. Take it out of the mobo's hands.
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