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[ale] External HDD (non?)recommendations

I've stopped using external enclosures. I buy raw drives and just plug them into a Thermaltake BlacX Duet (they also make a single bay version):



It connects via USB 2.0 or e-Sata II (3Gb/s). If your e-Sata port supports the port-multiplier feature then you can mount/unmount the drives individually. It supports both 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch SATA drives.



Keith R. Watson                        Georgia Institute of Technology
Systems Support Specialist IV          College of Computing
keith.watson at cc.gatech.edu             801 Atlantic Drive NW
(404) 385-7401                         Atlanta, GA 30332-0280 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Ken
> Cochran
> Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 10:03
> To: ale at ale.org
> Subject: [ale] External HDD (non?)recommendations
> Hey y'all, any recommendations/non-recommendations about
> external HDDs?  Looking for USB/Firewire & maybe eSATA.
> What are some good (or not so good) ones?  Sometime back,
> when I asked at a college bookstore, they indicated that they
> like LaCie, because at the time they held up pretty well with
> Evil Students (who tend to drop or otherwise mistreat them)
> and they didn't get a lot of returns compared to others.  Or,
> would I do better building something from a (external/portable)
> case and separate HDD (suggestion for a make/model)?  Capacity
> isn't super important - looks like everything nowadays is at
> least 500gb - looking more for reliability.  Ideas?
> Thanks, -kc
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