I would call it "assembling". It's an enclosure and a drive. Open the box, snap the disk in (like you do with an internal drive), fasten the disk and close the box again.
The most important point: the disk should match the enclosure. They come in 3 variants: SATA, 3.5" IDE and 2.5" IDE. The last is a laptop-size drive and the capacity will be too low for your requirements.
The points of interest for the case:
- Ethernet-interface (so you can connect it as a shared device directly to your router in stead of connecting it to a PC)?
- does it need an external power supply, a wall outlet or is it USB-powered?
- size and weight if you need to transport it
- do you like how it looks
- do you have a place to put it in the preferred position (horizontal or vertical)
Hope this helps.
I am looking to build my own external hard drive for back up purposes. I have been looking at pre-fab external drives and have been scared by reviews on some great brands that tell of drive failure out of the box or in 4-5 months.
Should I just get a Pre-fab drive or build my own? Does any one have any reccomendations for Pre-fab external hard drives? I am looking for 500-750GB capacity for a Windows Vista machine.
Or should I build my own? I dont even know where to begin. I assume the enclousures come with power supplys built in as well as the interface cable, usb or firewire. Can some one give me a reasonable primer on building you own external drive?
Thanks for your time and suggestions in advance.