View Full Version : want a portable hard drive enclosure, need help.

Nov 10, 2003, 02:58 AM
Was looking at the one http://www.cooldrives.com/25clearusb20.html because it had the Oxford911 chip set, and usb 2. Does this mean that when they come out with 160gb notebook drives I will be able to still use this enclosure? It only says that it supports an 80gb hard drive.



Nov 10, 2003, 07:12 AM
I think it'd be pretty safe to say that it'll at least handle drives up to 137GB, and even if current rates of density increase continue (it's been slowing down quite a bit recently) it'll be several years before notebook drives get to that point.

As for weather it'll be able to handle drives bigger than that, it depends on the firmware. My offhand guess would be no, because it'll be so long before there's a necessity for notebook drives, but it's possible. You could ask them.

Nov 10, 2003, 08:17 AM
First think about power...

I've recently (and stupidly) bought a USB2 external drive caddy, thought it would suit me for my moving out and about....wrong.

USB2 can only push 0.1A over the host power, and my 2.5" HDD needed 0.5A. Thank god the caddy cost me 10 and the HDD was free.

If your buying a all in one solution that maybe fine for host powered over firewire, but just check first, main reason i bought my caddy was for portable without a external transformer.

Nov 10, 2003, 11:47 AM
I didn't know that you had to use an external power supply with usb2. I thought it was the same as firewire.

thanks for the input