Simple question about buying hard drives without enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bsheridan, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. bsheridan macrumors 6502

    bsheridan

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    I'm just wondering when I buy a hard drive without any external enclosure, will it arrive in a metal case (pic1) or not (pic2).
    Namely I'm looking at Seagate 2.5 SATA drives for my MB 2.16GHz

    Thanks for reading.
     

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  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    The second picture is just a marketing/advertising shot showing the internal components of a hard drive. Your new drive will look like picture 1.
     
  3. Carrot007 macrumors regular

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    Indeed no 2 unless something is terribly wrong.

    Unless sealed (not air tight but nearly and with lots of filters) a drive will develop data errors pretty quick!

    Also removing the cover would void the warrenty.

    Although I once rescued data from a drive I dropped by removing the cover. it was dented and I guess the top stopped the arm moving. Got all the data to a new drive and binned it.
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    I just remembered the WD Raptor drive that came in one model that had a window built in too-- quite a brainstorm it was since when you mounted it you couldn't see anything anyways! :rolleyes:
     

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  5. bsheridan thread starter macrumors 6502

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