Is there REALLY a need for SSD enclosures?

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  1. bent christian Suspended

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    SSD, periodically inserted into a SATA to USB 3.0 dock for back-ups: Is this a suitable long-term solution?

    Outside of the ease of connectivity, I am having a difficult time understanding why an SSD needs an enclosure always. Does it?? I am ignorant. Please educate me.
     
  2. garirry macrumors 68000

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    You mean why not put it inside the computer? Well, there's nothing bad with that, it's just that if you need to take it out (if your computer breaks), you'll have a lot of trouble. Equally, if someone steals the computer, they steal both SSDs with it.
     
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    It doesn't, it just looks nicer. It's technically already in an enclosure.
     
  4. bent christian thread starter Suspended

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    An external dock. I have the single slot version of this:

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    It takes 3.5" and 2.5" SATA drives. Connects to the Desktop by USB 3.0. I understand why using this with a 3.5" hard drive would be risky, but circuits on SSDs are pretty well covered up. Would there be grounding issues using an SSD semi-regularly in a dock like this? Something I am missing?
     
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    There's no problem in using an external dock/enclosure, ever, as long as the enclose itself is good (and this does seem like a quality product).
     
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    I don't see that using a dock like that is an issue at all, but you mentioned "periodically inserted"... so are you constantly plugging and unplugging the SSD into the dock bay each time you use it? If you are, I think that might be a concern. I don't know that the connector on the SSD is really designed to be plugged and unplugged all the time like that and I would be worried it would get damaged. But if you are plugging it in the bay and leaving it, I don't see an issue.
     
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    Plugging in for periodic back-ups. Every month? Every two months? Quarterly? Not sure yet. I have limited space, as my wife and I share a desk she needs to use to work from home. The dock would be pulled out occasionally. The Thermaltake dock has a locking mechanism and a button to release the drive. It seems solid.
     
  10. garirry macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, no, that wouldn't hurt at all. Plugging it in occasionally is perfectly fine.
     
  11. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    Put it in a ziplock bag when not in use.
     
  12. c8rlo macrumors 6502

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    for me, enclosures provide protection and i can just throw it in my backpack/messenger bag when i'm traveling or on-the-go and easy connectivity via USB cable(which most come with) instead of an SATA data adapter. plus they're cheap, i use these as they have USB 3.0 and come in different colors...

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  13. bent christian thread starter Suspended

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    I was thinking about buying one of these:


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    I need some some 3.5" drives anyway.
     
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    If they were leaving the house, I would. I have the dock already that I use for 3.5" spinners. This/these will be back-up drives. No need to buy another thing!
     

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