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HDD enclosures - Any good for a DIY external drive?

chrishill Avatar
8y, 4d agoPosted 8 years, 4 days ago
I've just bought myself a shiny new laptop to replace my ancient desktop and my almost as ancient existing laptop.

I thought, rather than completely ditch everything I have, I might as well try and re-use some of the bits, and so I though I could get an enclosure for one of the drives from one of the old machines and use it as an external backup for photos and so on.

I have a ~6 month old 80Gb 2.5" in the laptop and 3 year old 120Gb 3.5" in the desktop. I don't remember the brands.

Are the enclosures you can get (£10ish from what I've seen on a few sites) actually any good, or are they stupidly slow/hot/unreliable?

Any other ideas on what I can do with the old tech?
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8y, 4d agoPosted 8 years, 4 days ago
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#1
Nah, they work fine. Just liek the ones you buy ready built
#2
you could just buy a sata to usb cable for like £2.
as long as you dont bash the hard drive around its fine without an enclosure.
I store all my music on mine and have it sitting on the desk.
#3
I've done this 2x and it worked fine. Some good deals on eBay too at well less than a tenner
#4
Tanchi
you could just buy a sata to usb cable for like £2.
as long as you dont bash the hard drive around its fine without an enclosure.
I store all my music on mine and have it sitting on the desk.


nice idea, can you get IDE to usb as well?
banned 1 Like #5
Got one of my USB enclosures for about $6 from dealextreme. Works fine. Seems fast enough.
banned#6
chrishill
nice idea, can you get IDE to usb as well?


Yes you can, like this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143274
But it doesn't support 1.8" drives, but does have a seperate power supply. :)
banned#7
go for it... easy to do and transfer rates are the same as retail ones... they use exactly the same components!
#8
guv
Got one of my USB enclosures for about $6 from dealextreme. Works fine. Seems fast enough.


good tip, I found one for $6.50 which looks perfect! Rep'd for that :thumbsup:

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