suggestions on external hard drive enclosures?

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  1. Limp_Brisket

    Limp_Brisket New Member

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    so i'm imaging hard drives and stuff so i need an external hard drive enclosure. i went and bought one at circuit city (the only 3.5 inch IDE one they had) which was a nexxtech brand. followed all the directions to a tee and it does not work. it just makes the device connect/unconnected sounds over and over but i never get connected, i don't know if it's upset with vista or if it just sucks. probably just sucks since i've never heard of that crappy brand anyways.

    so does anyone have any suggestions? and do they have any that could do both IDE and SATA? i imagine that could come in helpful in the future, although all the hard drives i'm doing right now are IDE. the cheaper the better, while still not being a piece of shit.
     
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    someone wrote this is the cons in one comment
    do you think that was my problem with the hard drive enclosure i'm taking back? i had it set to master because it's manual said to as well... i doubt they'd both be wrong.
     
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    do you have another suggestion?
     
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    I've had my share of external enclosures and never had to move jumpers around to get one to work.

    I have a couple of Venus enclousres. Newegg has them. No complaints.
     
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    I like the thermaltake thing. Hard drive docking station, forget what they call it. BlacX or something
     
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    if you don't mind paying a little extra, i'd recommend getting one with eSATA. eSATA is nice because it appears to the host the same as an internal drive, so it is simple to boot from one or do anything that is sometimes weird with externals.
     
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    I have that one and have never had a problem, I've been using it for recovery though not leaving a drive on it all the time. ymmv.
     
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    wouldn't i have to have an eSATA port on my computer? cause i don't, just firewire and usb2.
     
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    that's all i'll be using it for. recovery and making hard drive images for cloning.
     
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    some enclosures come with a SATA -> eSATA adapter thingy. basically, it just takes a free internal SATA port and gives you an eSATA port on the back of your PC. so, you just need a free internal port.
     
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    im using a laptop keep in mind :coolugh:

    edit - i guess i never mentioned that. so keep it in mind as of........ now!
     
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