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external hard drive vs. drive with case

Is there any advantage to buying an external hard drive vs. a hard drive with a case for backup? Is one more reliable than the other?

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No.

But there may be no cost advantage either. Example. I picked up some Tohsiba 2TB USB 3.0 drives for 93USD. It's well built and I'd be hard pressed to make such for the price.

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Any brand you'd recommend?

I tried seagate a few years ago and they failed fairly quickly. I've tried WD and it's been fine so far. The drives are 3 years old so I thought about buying something new.

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Today? Tosh, WD, Samsung, but nothing with "Sea" in it.
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Avoid Samsung Externals Too

Many newer Samsung externals are actually Seagates in disguise. Seagate bought Samsung's HDD division, and while they still make separate drives they are also crossing over in the externals.

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Don't Think So.....

I don't think that there is any difference between external hard drive and drive with case, or one is reliable than other. They are pretty much identical.

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Not really

Hi there.

IMO you're not going to see any significant differences in terms of reliability. The only thing I would suggest to watch out for is to make sure the enclosure has a way to dissipate heat, either through the use of vents, fans, or direct conduction to the exterior of a metal case.

Besides that the other plus of having a prebuilt external drive is that you have warranty in case something goes wrong with the HDD, so you ca get an RMA for instance.

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Cheers! Happy

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The enclosure we use

We use SSDs at work externally. One of my co-workers brought in a new type of drive enclosure that we all really liked and now we all use it. They weren't on sale in the US until recently and the company has a kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2089531901/stockplop) running for them now. Definitely worth taking a look.

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"Definitely worth taking a look."

Why? Isn't a case just a case? What's the big deal about this one?

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Frankly it's not looking good as you posted a 404

Kickstarter spam gets cleaned off regularly as, well spam.

Tell why I should get this over my usual 12 dollar no tool USB 3.0 case.

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