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Which SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure to Buy & Why?

What is a good SATA external hard drive enclosure to buy & why? I am looking for an external hard drive enclosure that has USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire 400 & FireWire 800. What is a good brand and is truly reliable to depend on?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:

That said, in my experience, they are all about the same (and I believe many share or contract out to manufacturing plants, so they are really FAR more alike than different).  If your data is important, you back it up.  I don't care who made the drive.  If your data is important, you run it on a RAID 1 internally.  

And THAT said, you want a drive with at LEAST a 3 year warranty.  (No manufacturer can stay in business replacing drives with long warranties that fail frequently).  I would go with a Seagate Free Agent drive - I believe it comes with a 5 year warranty and eSATA, Firewire, and USB connections.
In principle I agree with LeeW.

Make backups in any case, and get something that has a 3 year warantee, or build one yourself by choosing a drive and a proper case.

I hope this helps !
skywalker39Author Commented:
On External Hard Drive Enclosures any opinions on a recommended brand?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Just like hard drives, there are several "brands" that are manufactured at the same plant.  And there are various pluses and minuses for just about all.  I would look at reviews on places like newegg - the more reviews the better.  But frankly, I just helped a friend buy one as a gift this past christmas and no brand I found has a stellar reputation.  They all have a significant number of complaints - usually 20% or more.
Since this topic came up quick in the knowledge base, I will add another question to it...

I'm seeing a lot of eSATA drives that need resetting after being idle for a while.  Are there any out there that don't need resetting?  I will mainly use it as a storage point for backing up my computer using Acronis True Image, so it will be idle most of the day until Acronis fires up on my daily schedule.

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