buy SATA enclosure or return drive for ATA?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zim, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I recently purchased a 320GB Seagate Barracuda drive (ST3320620AS). The issue is that my case is an ATA case.. the drive that I needed is the same code minus the S at the end.. ugh! What happened was that I saw free shipping and didn't notice the SATA part so I swapped the item in my shopping cart.

    So, my situation is this... do I now contact newegg pay for the 15% restocking fee, shipping fee, shipping fee on the new item (which the sale of it ends today) OR buy an SATA enclosure with firewire 400.. the only enclosure that I have seen that I like is the from OWC, Mercury Elite, and it goes for $109.99 which pushes me a bit out of my range.

    The other issue is this... if I do return the drive, obtaining the ATA version, the drive is going into a LaCie D2 case and there is still the issue of the drive not being able to view the 320GB.

    What would you do? I do know that keeping the SATA means better throughput and I also know that going with the OWC enclosure means a better chip set then what any of my external LaCie drives have.

  2. cube macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I'd go for the same as you have in your computer, to be able to swap drives.
  3. zim thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I have an iMac so I am not about to go and swap out the internal drive.. although I know I could if needed. My internal drive is running fine, only a couple of years old. This new drive was to be a replacement for the external unit, the LaCie that died on me was a ATA... currently based on the price difference I think I might swallow the shipping and restocking fee and just see if newegg can swap it for me... their site suggest that I will have to ship it back and just buy the other one.
  4. tutubibi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    Why don't you just buy USB2 SATA enclosure? Prices are around $ 20 (tigerdirect).

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