Need help selecting a external hard drive enclosure!

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  1. quiksilverkid13 macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone, I've been looking at getting a cheap hard drive enclosure for one of my spare 2.5 laptop hard drives. I'm looking for around $20 CAD or less.

    The drive would just be for general storage of files I don't always need access to (i.e., old school files I don't want to delete), and might connect it to a router for shared storage, but I wouldn't need anything crazy with fans and such. These are a couple I've been looking at, but I'm not sure which one is best (or if it even really matters).

    ORICO 2588US3:
    http://www.amazon.ca/2588US3-Screw-...losure/dp/B00IWOZ7VI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    Inateck - There's a standard and an UASP version:
    http://www.amazon.ca/Optimized-Inat...e=UTF8&qid=1428886417&sr=1-2&keywords=inateck
    (There's two versions)

    Sabrent EC-TB4P:
    http://www.amazon.ca/Sabrent-2-5-In...=1428881557&sr=8-3&keywords=sabrent+enclosure

    I have a late 2013 Macbook Air, so I'm not entirely sure if it has UASP capabilities or not.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. quiksilverkid13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As a secondary question,

    For UASP capabilities, does that hard drive itself have to be compatible as well, or just the enclosure and the device its connected to?
     
  3. dyt1983, Apr 13, 2015
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  4. quiksilverkid13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I'll definitely look up the Inateck on here and check it out.
     
  5. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

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    I'd think carefully before ordering from OWC, O had problems with them.
     
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    Other World Computing, Inc., an American hardware manufacturer and retailer specializing in Macs.
     
  8. quiksilverkid13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ohh. Im from Canada so i wouldn't bother with any american sites. Id stick with amazon or local electronics stores
     
  9. matreya macrumors 65816

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    There's nothing wrong with OWC enclosures... I've got (counts) 12 of their enclosures and they all work perfectly.
     
  10. quiksilverkid13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could anyone else offer some insight?

    I'm still kinda stuck. I don't think I'm in dire need of UASP, so for the price, I'll probably cross off the Inateck ones for the price.

    I like the Sabrent because it generally seems more trusted and has more aluminum to it, but I also like the Orico because its blue and a little more sleek.

    Both have their issues according to their reviews, so I'm leaning toward the Sabrent, but I still wonder if the nicer looking (in my opinion) would suit my general needs.
     
  11. dyt1983, Apr 14, 2015
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