Hard drive enclosure

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I just purchased a Seagate 250GB Serial ATA w/NCQ 7200/8MB/SATA-3G  and was going to use my current IDE enclosure but that appears it will not work. Are there modifications I can make or should I order a new enclosure and if so any comments on any particular one with the correct connections. Thanks
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    A SATA Disk needs to be connected to a SATA controller. Does your PC have a SATA controller? Or what is the enclosure for? IS it an external USB enclosure? If that is the case, then you will need an enclosure that takes SATA disks.
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    You can't use your current enclosure, as the internal bridging device is an IDE -> USB bridge; and you need a SATA -> USB bridge for a SATA drive.

    I've tried many of these enclosures, and have had the most reliable performance with the Vantec NexStar units.   This is a good one for a SATA drive:
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    It depends on the use.  Is this going to be prtable?  

    If not, I recommend the ThermalTake.  It is really good at keeping drives cool, and Seagates tend to run hot.  It is also hot swappable.  It is not small though (hence the coolness of the drive).  So it is not ideal if you want to carry it around.

    I also have a 500 gb drive in an Antec.  It is also pretty good at keeping the drive cool.  I recommend aluminum cases, they disperse the heat well and if you carry it around it can take a beating.  The Vantec garycase recommended is pretty good too.

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