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All HD Enclosures Created Equal?

by OwnResolutions / January 12, 2010 9:10 AM PST

Looking for a HD enclosure for a 2.5" IDE 9.5mm hard drive that is compatible with Microsoft Vista and Mac OSX or higher. Other than finding an enclosure to meet those specs is there anything else that I should be worried about when shopping for an enclosure?

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You bet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 9:32 PM PST

Other areas are:

1. Does it come with a power supply? Some laptops don't provide enough to power up those drives.
2. Does it come with some USB Y CABLE to help with power?
3. Is it rugged? Some are better than others at surviving a few inch drop.

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I'd say 'NO', they're not all equal..
by VAPCMD / January 12, 2010 10:48 PM PST

Not all 2.5" external enclosures can handle 500GB HDDs.

Some support USB 2.0, eSATA and Firewire...other don't.

Some come with AC adapters ....others don't.

Shop carefully !


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