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Old 01-19-2018, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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This could probably have gone in the electronics section but I wanted to narrow down the question to computer electronics.

Simple question: I want to purchase a hard-drive enclosure.

All I need is a basic enclosure that doesn't include a hard drive or any other fancy stuff.

I would just like to ask anyone who has bought one of these enclosures, what brand would you recommend?

The drives that I need the enclosure for are SATA 3.5 drives.

There is the plug-in "dock type" and full enclosure types which I am also needing recommendations on.

Thanks
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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So you're looking for the box to hold what would otherwise be an Internal Hard Disk Drive, (iHDD) with a 3.5" form factor, and a SATA interface?

You're enclosure will need to be able to convert the SATA to a USB connection, as well as have a power supply (probably an external 'brick').

I don't know if it makes a difference what SATA version (1 to 3.3) it is with respect to USB2 vs USB3.

As far as the iHDD docking ports, those are about $25 for one that can handle both standard form factors, so inexpensive I don't think brand is important.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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So you're looking for the box to hold what would otherwise be an Internal Hard Disk Drive, (iHDD) with a 3.5" form factor, and a SATA interface?

You're enclosure will need to be able to convert the SATA to a USB connection, as well as have a power supply (probably an external 'brick').

I don't know if it makes a difference what SATA version (1 to 3.3) it is with respect to USB2 vs USB3.

As far as the iHDD docking ports, those are about $25 for one that can handle both standard form factors, so inexpensive I don't think brand is important.
I don't use enclosures anymore, just a docking station. The ones I have are "Plugable" brand, and quite reliable. These things don't cost very much.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Thank You both for your replies.

Brand preferences?
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Old 01-21-2018, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Thank You both for your replies.

Brand preferences?
While I prefer "Plugable" USB docking stations, other brands should perform about the same. I use the relatively cheap 2-3TB SATA drives without enclosures, and plug them to the docking station that is already connected to the computer. Then once I move all the files or photos to the hard drive, I unplug it from the station and stack it on other drives that I keep on a shelf.

Keep in mind that a docking station that includes a cooling fan may be a good idea since the fan keeps the hard drive cooler. Also, I only connect the docking station and hard drive to the computer only for a few moments, then turn it off and disconnect it when I don't need it.

Something like these, but look around for more before you decide. If what you want is a a hard drive that's always connected to the computer, then take your time and buy an external hard drive, or an enclosure.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...cking+stations
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Rosewill External Enclosure.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Way overthinking this. Just get any one. These things aren't high end devices that you need to spend any time worrying about which brand to get.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:12 PM
 
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It's power plus a basic SATA to USB chipset. I agree with Peregrine, just get anything that doesn't solely have 1 star reviews.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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You folks are the Best!

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