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Quick q about HDD enclosures
LordBug 
12/8/08 4:04:20 PM
Immortal

The missus wants to setup an external drive as a backup solution for her computer. So, in the interest of saving money, can anyone suggest to us an enclosure which is a good balance between quality (ie won't cook the HDD) and price?

Also, are Samsung drives good for longevity? Considering I can pick a 500GB Samsung for $69 in Perth, I'd be very happy if they're highly trustworthy. Cheers!

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smadge1 
12/8/08 5:05:12 PM
Immortal

I'm hoping Samsung are a good deal, I just had a 400GB IDE die less than 12 months old. they do come with a 3 year warranty though, and I'd had everything cept my pr0n backed up.

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bowiee 
12/8/08 8:48:45 PM
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ATM we are using several samsung drives here of varying ages and so far they are preforming great, also they are very quiet.

As for an external enclosure this should do the trick.

http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=93&bid=2&sid=20406

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eckythump 
12/8/08 9:00:43 PM
Overlord

I find HDDs much like anything else.

They just work, and occasionally they die. Usually either shortly after being bought, or not for years. This applies to everything. All types, all brands.

So by all means, grab whatever is cheap and a suitable drive box and off you go.

I'd recommend you take a look in kmart/auspost/jb hifi and see what they've got in the way of pre-built external drives. Sometimes they have some good specials and I think a pre-built offering is probably of slightly better quality and the ones I've seen have usually had cooling fans, where as most external enclosures I've seen haven't.

But I think you could randomly pick, tossing a coin to make decisions and you'll do just fine.

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wilsontc 
14/8/08 11:14:14 AM
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don't leave it in the case running 24/7 though. That will kill it quickly. Leave it connected up to power and USB / firewire, but only turn it on when it's needed.

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LordBug 
14/8/08 1:57:33 PM
Immortal

Thanks for the advice all :)

So from the sound of it, a Samsung drive will be fine, and any enclosure will do the job. Considering it'd only be used for about half an hour once a week, I presume it should have a good life.

Excellent. Now to go forth and spend :)

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climbing 
17/8/08 11:10:49 PM
Master
Might be worth your while to check out the Thermaltake Max4 N0012USU.

Link: http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1285&ID=1659

Am going to order one myself...


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LordBug 
18/8/08 10:47:24 AM
Immortal

Damn, that enclosure looks pretty full on :/

I ended up grabbing some cheap(ish) enclosure of the brand Astone. It seems to work. And thankfully(Or not?) so does the Sammy that I picked up twice. Y'see, first I picked it up from the shop. Then, when I got home, I picked it up after I dropped it on the ground >_<

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Jonald 
2/9/08 8:32:23 PM
Charge
When you guys say turn off your external, how would you do that? There's no switch on mine etc?

Also, do you do buy an enclosure and get the hdd because it works out cheaper? Or is it supposed to be better?

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gazdude67 
3/9/08 7:20:25 AM
Initiate
Jonald,

External enclosures (the newer ones) usually hook up to your USB port, they turn on at boot and off at close. mine has a external power brick, it is a Maxtor portable 500gig, brought it as a complete unit cost $114.00 from MSY about 3 months ago I think!, at the time it was about $30-35 dollars cheaper than buying the parts and putting them together quicker as well.

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LordBug 
3/9/08 8:43:21 PM
Immortal

Jonald: The one that I bought has a switch around the back near where the power plugs in. If I had one which didn't have a switch, I'd simply disconnect it via Windows, and then unplug it.

I bought them seperate because I couldn't find any bundled ones for cheaper.

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Master_Scythe 
7/9/08 8:27:33 PM
Titan

man you cant go wrong with MSY ATM.

2.5" external case
$8

2.5" Samsung IDE 160Gb
$66

= $74 for 160gb.

cant go wrong.

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s1a 
7/9/08 10:54:44 PM
Serf
try harvey norman or officework, sometimes they have very good special offer on ready use external drive maybe even include some backup software, like norton ghost

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Master_Scythe 
9/9/08 12:55:05 AM
Titan

ghost etc is too hard to use for 'simple backups'

DriveImageXML is bloody easy. click 'backup' and select the drive, it can even image HOT thanks to Shadow Services.

and its free

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