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[ale] Thanks Re: OTQ: partition formats of USB storage
I agree with Warren.
In general, the mechanical aspect of opening the case and swapping the
drive out is the hard part. Working with the drive is just like a
direct connect drive most of the time.
On 4/18/07, Warren Myers <volcimaster at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ahhh, not I see what you were going after.
> If/when the current drive dies, yes all you should need to do is pop the
> case open, remove the current drive, then put a new one in its place.
> I've only ever made my own external drives, personally: grabbing an
> enclosure from NewEgg, and slapping a drive in I already had (or buying any
> of the many choices they had:) )
> But so long as you don't have one of the weird acrylic cases for your drive
> (they're a bear to yank apart without breaking), swapping-in a new drive
> should be a piece of cake.
> Hopefully, though, you won't need to do that for a long while.
> On 4/18/07, John Mills <johnmills at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> > Warren, Greg and Geoffrey -
> > Thanks for the comments. I just bought the drive and have no experience
> > using it, which probably contributed to my poorly framed question.
> > I was really curious whether a replacement drive going into the same case
> > would need special prep before installation.
> > On Tue, 17 Apr 2007, Greg Freemyer wrote:
> > > On 4/17/07, John Mills <johnmills at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> > > > I just bought a USB external HDD by Seagate, based on a presumably
> > > > standard 3.5" drive. If I had to replace the drive, any idea how the
> > > > replacement should be partitioned?
> > I think this is most likely:
> > > 1) The external unit is very bare bones and all it does is convert the
> > > SCSI commands on the USB/firewire bus to the equivalent ATA commands
> > > that the drive needs. For these you can partition the drive anyway
> > > you feel like.
> > Best,
> > - Mills
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