Can i use an external hd enclosure when factory hd busts?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shawsinio, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. shawsinio macrumors regular

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    I was just wondering, if i buy a "my book western digital", if the hd goes after the 1 year warranty, would i be able to use the enclosure, and put in another drive?

    does anyone have experience of the my book firewire drives? are they any good?

    thanks

    shawsinio
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Don't know the Mybook drives but most enclosures you can replace the drive in. Some, like the Maxtor OneTouch drives, don't use screws to hold them together - they use barbed tangs like the Mac Mini does - so it is difficult to open the drive without damage.
     
  3. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    You should be able to use the enclosure with any drive that fits. I recently salvaged a couple of enclosures and drives, a few screws and a format and I had a working 80gb, and 120gb firewire drive. Go for it, might as well make it useful. Just look for screws, sometimes they are hidden under warranty labels so be ready to break them.
     
  4. shawsinio thread starter macrumors regular

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    ah great, thanks for your input, was hoping that if a drive goes caput, i could at least salvage the case!
     

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