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Old 06-23-2007, 12:04 PM   #2
Steve Rindsberg
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I've had pretty good luck with externals. I've got a couple, all USB2 or dual USB/Firewire.

By and large, you plug them in, they appear as a new disk drive, you use them (though on one system of mine, they don't appear until, of all the weird things, I hop out to a command prompt, do a DIR X: or whatever the drive letter should be, and THEN Windows does the Big Aha and sees it.) NBD.

Cant' say how trustworthy they are ... the drives inside are different from one to the next, and that probably has as much to do with it as anything, though if the case isn't ventilated or at least well vented, I'd be reluctant to put a 7200 or 10000 rpm drive in one. Self-immolation could be a factor.

I don't know enough about enclosures to make an intelligent decision either, so instead of picking up a "Mad Dog" brand (like Dave B, I don't make this stuff up) I got an Adaptec. Plug. Play.

Can't speak to the SATA thing. What do you plan to use it for though? Is the extra speed SATA presumably brings worth worrying about?

I use mine for backup, moving virtual computers around, extra storage on the net, I've got one big honker with a spare Mac OSX bootable install for development purposes, another little bitty portable one with all of my software installers, CD images and enough room for my main files.

Takes all kinds, hey?

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