External SATA drive cases


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Daniel Prince

I want to buy some good quality external SATA drive cases. I do not
want to pay a super premium price but I do not want cheap junk
either.

The case I want must have its own power supply. It must be well
cooled with one or more ball bearing fans. It must have eSATA and
usb 2.0 interfaces.

Can anyone recommend a good case for me? Thank you in advance for
all replies.
 
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Yousuf Khan

I want to buy some good quality external SATA drive cases. I do not
want to pay a super premium price but I do not want cheap junk
either.

The case I want must have its own power supply. It must be well
cooled with one or more ball bearing fans. It must have eSATA and
usb 2.0 interfaces.

Can anyone recommend a good case for me? Thank you in advance for
all replies.

It's rarer to find actively cooled enclosures. It's more usual to find
passively cooled enclosures with a metal aluminum body which conducts
heat better than non-metallic. Usually these are sufficient cooling, the
drives may reach 50C under activity, but the drives are designed for
that nowadays.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Arno

It's rarer to find actively cooled enclosures. It's more usual to find
passively cooled enclosures with a metal aluminum body which conducts
heat better than non-metallic. Usually these are sufficient cooling, the
drives may reach 50C under activity, but the drives are designed for
that nowadays.
Yousuf Khan

Indeed. Even a few years ago, cooling was really problematic.
It is rarely so today. As to eSATA, I would suggest going USB3.0
instead. It is still a bit immature, but getting there. I have
made good experiences with teh WD USB3.0 "essential" drives.
It is cheaper though to buy an enclosure with drive, than just
the bare drive...

Arno
 
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Rod Speed

Daniel Prince said:
I want to buy some good quality external SATA drive cases.
I do not want to pay a super premium price but I do not want
cheap junk either.
The case I want must have its own power supply. It must
be well cooled with one or more ball bearing fans. It must
have eSATA and usb 2.0 interfaces.

You should be insisting on USB 3 now, even if you cant currently use it.
 
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Yousuf Khan

Indeed. Even a few years ago, cooling was really problematic.
It is rarely so today. As to eSATA, I would suggest going USB3.0
instead. It is still a bit immature, but getting there. I have
made good experiences with teh WD USB3.0 "essential" drives.
It is cheaper though to buy an enclosure with drive, than just
the bare drive...

Arno

I'd have to agree, USB 3.0 is now faster than eSATA II (300MB/s), but
slower than eSATA III (600MB/s), but not by much, maybe sometimes a bit
faster, it's a wash really.

USB 3.0 vs. eSATA: Is faster better? | ITworld
http://www.itworld.com/hardware/98987/usb-30-vs-esata-is-faster-better?page=0,0

Yousuf Khan
 

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