External HDD or Internal + Enclosure?

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My SATA2 Seagate Barracuda internal HDD's starting to act up and I will be replacing it soon. I'm using the Barracuda as storage only.

What would you guys suggest as a replacement storage? And external HDD or an Internal HDD + Enclosure? I was thinking of going external but they're a lot more expensive than internal ones. Any thoughts on which one would be more reliable in terms of lifespan? I'm looking to get Seagate or Western Digital.

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When I wanted extra storage, I went with a hard drive tower. The tower itself cost me 100 bucks and all I do is buy internal drives and plop them down in it. Each 500 GB drive I buy, I find on sale for around 80 dollars. So here I am with 1.5TB of external storage via USB for around $340. Of course depending on the amount of storage you want, a $20 external enclosure with a nice 500gb HD would be around 100 total. That's assuming of course that you are comfortable enough putting something like that together.

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  • May 20, 2008

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Most enclosures by manufacturers suck. Granted, most cheap 3rd party enclosures really, really suck. However, you can get a good enclosure like the AMS Venus DS3, which is top notch. The only drawback is you pay for the quality.

I have had cheap external enclosures die on me, which is why I don't consider them worth the money.

In terms of lifespan, they should be virtually the same. The only things that would degrade it are: excessive temperature, shock/vibration, or frequent spin-ups.

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I don't really want to leave my storage HDD plugged into my mobo lest something fierce from the internet or power surge hit me, that's why I was thinking of going external or enclosure.

I'll probably try my luck with the enclosure.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

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Instead of using a enclosure you can go with a HD to USB adapter.

The adapter supports both SATA/IDE HDs including notebook HDs as well as
optical drives.

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  • May 21, 2008

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