External USB2 2.5" Enclosure & 7,200rpm Drive?


J

Justin

Hi folks...
Would it be wise to put a 7,200rpm SATA drive in an external enclosure?
I intend to use a laptop drive so I don't have to mess around with an
extra power cable; and for portability. Possibly around 200GB formatted
to exFAT.
Would there be reliability, heat or power consumption issues?
 
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R

Rod Speed

Justin wrote
Would it be wise to put a 7,200rpm SATA drive in an external enclosure?

Depends on the enclosure.
I intend to use a laptop drive so I don't have to mess
around with an extra power cable; and for portability.

Thats fine as long as you dont mind the higher cost with a laptop drive.
Possibly around 200GB formatted to exFAT.

Bigger ones are better value.
Would there be reliability, heat or power consumption issues?

Nope, tho you dont want to use it as a football etc.
 
A

Arno

Justin said:
Hi folks...
Would it be wise to put a 7,200rpm SATA drive in an external enclosure?
I intend to use a laptop drive so I don't have to mess around with an
extra power cable; and for portability. Possibly around 200GB formatted
to exFAT.
Would there be reliability, heat or power consumption issues?

If this is USB 2.0, the 7200rpm will give you no perceptible speed-up,
35MB/s is pretty much the practical speed limit and even 5400rpm
drives can give you more. Also, a 7200rpm drive may draw way too
much power for the USB port.

If it is USB 3.0, go for it.

With laptop drives you rarely have heat issues today, but
to be sure I would advise you to check temperature, e.g.
with speedfan or the smartmontools.

Arno
 
M

mscotgrove

Is there any point in using exFAT for HDDs?

exFAT is much faster than FAT - and possibly quicker than NTFS.
( Ihave not compared the two, but exFAT works hard to keep files
unfragmented, and very little overhead).

It is plug in compatible with Vista and Windows 7, need a driver for
XP. I do not how Linux/Mac will handle it.

I would suggest exFAT is worth trying.

I have never seen an exFAT for recovery, and so I doubt if anyone is
actually using it.

Michael
www.cnwrecovery.com
 
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J

Justin

Jim said:
Is there any point in using exFAT for HDDs?

Yes, IN a Windows 7 Snow Leopard environment both have to be able to
read and write to the drives between each other.
Mac's support of NTFS sucks ass even with free or commercial third party
support.
 

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