Did I do this right?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SteveRichardson, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. SteveRichardson macrumors regular

    SteveRichardson

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    A couple days ago I purchased a Seagate 320gb Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140) and an i-rocks IR-9300-SL 3.5'' USB2.0 External Enclosure (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817250003).

    Will the hard drive I purchased work in the enclosure? I have no idea what the difference is between SATA, UltraATA, PATA etc., but I tried really hard to get what would be compatable...Could someone verify?

    I spent under $130 shipped for this combo. Good deal? Bad deal?

    thanks. :)
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The encosure simply claims "IDE" support which I will take to be PATA of some sort (most likely UltraATA100/133). This will not work with a SATA drive.

    To use a SATA drive your enclosure MUST support SATA.
     
  3. SteveRichardson thread starter macrumors regular

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    I pretty much looked at all the 3.5'' USB 2.0 exclosures on Newegg.com though and they all said the same thing.

    What am I looking for here?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The word SATA. I don't use Newegg (I'm not in the US) so you'll have to find someone who does.

    If you were in the UK I'd recommend something off this list none of which support FireWire. Perhaps SATA->Firewire bridges are expensive at the moment?
     
  5. SteveRichardson thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright I'll do a search for them sometime on my break ;)

    then I'll need to check out Newegg.com's return policy...

    The sata compatable exclosures aren't like totally more expensive are they? because I had a choice b/w ATA and SATA, but the SATA was $5 cheaper haha.

    Thanks so much for your help! :)
     
  6. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Any of these will work:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=

    (Selected "SATA" as the internal interface and USB as the external interface from the drop down lists after navigating to external enclosures.)
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It would appear (thanks to mrichmon our newegg expert) that yes, they are like, totally way more expensive!
     
  8. SteveRichardson thread starter macrumors regular

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    psh those aren't bad at all.

    The cheapo IDE's all got really bad ratings.
     
  10. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    All of the enclosures that mrichmon will work. Don't go cheap on an enclosure, get one that is rated well. Going cheap can only mean problems in the long run.
     
  11. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Never ordered from NewEgg... just aware that their web site allows filtering on useful information in most categories.

    For what it's worth, I've always purchased my enclosures from OWC and never had a problem with any of the OWC enclosures.

    I'd second the comment by another poster that going for the cheapest enclosure is an excellent way to run into problems. The cheaper enclosures usually use bridge chipsets that are not stable and often lead to compatibility problems.
     
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