Custom built HD.

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  1. sjpetry macrumors 65816

    sjpetry

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    I am looking into making a HD. (100-250GBs)

    Is this something worth doing? Or should I just buy one that is fully assembled (With Case).

    What are the best brands to buy from?

    And how hard is it to assemble ? (On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being making a computer and 1 being grilled cheese.) :)


    Thank You. :)
     
  2. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

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    I don't think you could make a hard drive. It takes very expesive assembly machines as well as a good design and the parts. On a scale of 1-10, it would be 1000. :)
     
  3. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I mean not buying a fully assembled harddrive (I.E. with no case).

    Then buy a case. ;)
     
  4. qzak macrumors 6502

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  5. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    Well, an IDE HD, I'd recommend picking up a U/ATA hard drive from Seagate or Western Digital, I've always had luck with WD. Then you've got to get a bridgeboard that has IDE<->Firewire or IDE<->USB and an enclosure.

    On a scale of difficulty, I'd say less than building your own computer, since there's fewer parts and things, but more if you're squeamish about small parts.

    You'll of course need a firewire-firewire cable to connect the drive to your computer.

    Good luck.
     
  6. sjpetry thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes.


    X86isslow thank you very much. :)
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    All garments aside: Get a 3.5" 250 GB IDE/ATA100 Seagate Barracuda (or the very nice new 400 GB if you can bend the budget a little) and an enclosure (USB2 and/or FireWire) to fit (most of them are extremely easy to install the disk into, I would say 2 or 3 on your scale). The Barracudas are reliable, fast, durable and - maybe most important of all - very quiet.
     

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