portable external hard drive vs bare hard drive in enclosure

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Sossity, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    I am looking for a new blank external hard drive, and I found a 2tb bare 3.5 in green hard drive that can be placed in an enclosure, it is 5400 rpm.

    I also found a 2tb usb 3.0 2.5 in portable hard drive,

    is there a big difference in performance between these? the portable is smaller, and would be easier to handle, store.

    The hard drive would be used for storage of photos, videos and documents.

    is there an advantage of one type over the other, and can one just use portables for storage etc.?
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Since you are writing random specifications on all of them, there's no way we can tell you which is better.
  3. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Since both hard drives are 5400 RPM, you won't notice any difference in performance. The only advantage the portable hard drive offers is portability.

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