Buy external hardrive and swap with internal?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mrkgoo, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    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
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You could but why not just buy a barebones drive?
  4. rtrt, Aug 14, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  5. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    One thing to consider is that when you open the external enclosure it usually voids the manufactures warranty.
  6. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    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

    Jun 25, 2008
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    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


    Jun 20, 2009
    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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