Buy external hardrive and swap with internal?

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  1. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    Is it a good idea to buy an external portable drive, say, a Seagate Freeagent GO, you know all bundled up in an enclosure, and take apart and swap out with your internal drive?

    If they are cheap, it's a way to get a case for your hard drive you swap out.
     
  2. rtrt, Aug 14, 2009
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  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    You could but why not just buy a barebones drive?
     
  4. rtrt, Aug 14, 2009
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  5. brand macrumors 601

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    One thing to consider is that when you open the external enclosure it usually voids the manufactures warranty.
     
  6. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Usually barebones drives have 3-5 year warrantys, while the boxed versions are around a year.

    I would rather choose the case and buy a barebone drive then lose the warranty. Barebones drives are cheaper and you can get a nice case as well for the same price or less than the equivalent size external.
     
  7. HunterMaximus macrumors member

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    As others have mentioned, it's not necessarily the best idea in the world. Some of the big name (WD in particular) drives are now actually using drives with a direct USB interface, rather than a standard drive with a SATA-USB bridge. Additionally, most of the pre-assembled external drives are actually cheaper than buying an enclosure and drive separately. The only real exceptions to that are some of the higher-end triple or quad interface drives with FW800 (the OWC drives for example).

    Chances are you're better off just getting a cheap USB enclosure and a bare drive.
     
  8. lemonade-maker macrumors 6502

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    Do it, drives are cheap. Get a big one, 1 TB or bigger won't be direct usb. A seagate 1.5 tb free agent from costco has current firmware, cheap and the enclosure isolates noise well.
     

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