View Full Version : WTB: Cheap 3.5" HDD Enclosure...
Sep 3, 2004, 11:38 AM
Hey all, I recently found a real good deal on a 200gb Seagate hard drive, and couldn't pass it up... and since I all ready have half a TB in my powermac, I could use the storage for my PB. So if anybody has a USB 2.0 enclosure laying around or up for sale please contact me about it.
Thanks in advance~
Sep 3, 2004, 01:20 PM
If I were you, I would look for a FireWire enclosure, not USB. FireWire is much better than USB, IMO.
Firewire also allows for the possibility of no additional power supply (aside from the FW line) - a nice plus.
Sep 3, 2004, 01:43 PM
While people are throwing in their two cents. Go for an enclosure that does both firewire and USB2.0(so you can use it everywhere!) and as far as finding one. These things can be had in the masses on ebay, good luck finding one though.
Sep 3, 2004, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the input guys.... for some reason I thought USB didnt need additional power...
Also, it's nice because I don't use my firewire port on my laptop =)
Thanks a lot
Curious... but a lot of the ebay auctions for FW enclosures need an AC adapter.... why is this?
Sep 3, 2004, 03:00 PM
All fulkl size 5.25 firewire drives require power adaptors, and SOME 3.5 inch cases do. Its a matter of engineering. If they use cheap parts that draw to much power, or allow for a full size 3.5 drive, then often power is required.
I have three bus powered 3.5 inch cases with 2.5 inch drives inside. But many of the newer 3.5 inch high capacity drives draw too much power for this.
But you can buy bus powered cases for laptop drives and some full size drives. Do a search via a sales site like NexTag. The Ebay listings seem cheap, and then charge you like $25 to ship it. Nutz.
Sep 13, 2004, 11:04 PM
I'm gonna bump this, cause I'm looking for a good 3.5" HD enclosure too, I had this case (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5120657213&category=41911&sspagename=rvi:1:2) but it crapped out on me, no data loss or anything, the enclosure just stopped working. Interestingly enough, this case bundled with IBM's Deskstar internal was MicroNet's premier hard drive for quite a while... I'm never buying MicroNet or Fantom again.
Sep 14, 2004, 01:01 AM
I've heard very good things about this enclosure:http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-145-126&depa=0
They're a bit on the pricier side, though...
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