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Windows 7: Caddy - Quick Question for Anyone who has one


13 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Caddy - Quick Question for Anyone who has one

I'm looking on the web for a caddy (to get old HHDs doing something useful again).

Is there anything I need to look out for / avoid in particular?

My drives are:

3.5 inch
SATA II

Do I just ensure I have ordered the correct size of caddy, and that it accepts SATA II?

Any help would be great. I know they are really cheap, but I don't want one of those 'I should have asked them!' feelings.

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13 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I presume you are talking about external enclosures for hard drives. If so, The most important thing is the connections. USB 3.0 is faster than USB 2.0 and eSATA is faster than either. So, it depends on the options you have on your computer. I have several but my preferred one is the Thermaltake Black X Which is USB 2.0 or eSATA. As far as sata II or III, they both backward and forward compatable. Depending on what you want to use, you may also consider whether the enclosure will accept 3.5" or 2.5" drives, or either. Get one that will take either one and you will have a lot of options.
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13 Mar 2012   #3
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Microsoft MVP

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Steve is right. You may want to get an open enclosure. Much better ventilation and also easier to swap disks. I would get one that takes 2.5" and 3.5" disks. You never know. Multiple attachments are also preferable, but if you have no Sata3 or eSata on your system, that may not help - although you can buy an eSata PCI-e card (Express card for laptops) for little money and add it to your box. Examples:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16839328019
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13 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

That covers everything.

Many thanks indeed.

It's good that some of those that wield the knowledge (and the lightsabers) answer the non-bleeding edge questions too.
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13 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

This docking station comes in handy and is easy to use. Its usb 2 & 3 supports all SATA/ESATA, IDE 2.5 & 3.5 drives (hot swap) and all memory cards. You can also have more than 1 drive in at a time and its cheap. +- 15



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14 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I just ordered one of these

http://junglejumble.com.au/misc-clea...0-support.html

Bargain I thought, however, probably no good if you're outside Australia
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