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Windows 7: Build your own External Hard Drive

22 May 2011   #31
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I know couple of people who do just that. You can buy 3ft long sata and sata power cables. They just run them outside the computer and switch disks in a matter of moments. Those water cooling holes in the back of most cases can have more than 1 use.


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22 May 2011   #32
James Colbert

 
 

Another simple and inexpensive solution (I have several of these...for use with bare sata drives):

Akasa Thermal Solution

In addition to the internal power & data connections, they come with external power and data cables (from panel to drive). I used to just lay the drive on top of my desk or on top of the computer the drive is 'tethered' to.
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23 May 2011   #33
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have and use both. I prefer esata because I always get faster speeds with esata than USB 3,0. In fact, I'm currently looking for a laptop and have found a few I like, but no esata port. I scratch them off my list. USB 3.0 is definately much faster than 2.0, but my experience is esata is faster. It has other uses also. You can boot from esata but not from USB 3.0. eSata comes in handy in other ways too because the computer sees it as the same as an internal drive.
If a laptop you are considering has a ExpressCard or PC Card slot (many don't nowadays) you could add an eSata adapter that way.
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23 May 2011   #34
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I have and use both. I prefer esata because I always get faster speeds with esata than USB 3,0. In fact, I'm currently looking for a laptop and have found a few I like, but no esata port. I scratch them off my list. USB 3.0 is definately much faster than 2.0, but my experience is esata is faster. It has other uses also. You can boot from esata but not from USB 3.0. eSata comes in handy in other ways too because the computer sees it as the same as an internal drive.
If a laptop you are considering has a ExpressCard or PC Card slot (many don't nowadays) you could add an eSata adapter that way.

The biggest problem is finding out those details. many of the sites don't bother to tell those type of things. But just from looking around, it seems that Toshiba is more likely to have some of the more advanced things like that. I don't know about reliability though.
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24 May 2011   #35
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Great article Doc, you should make this a tutorial.


Can't remember when I got my first 2 1/2" external enclosure, it was IDE and my spare HDD was less than 1GB.
Still have a 20GB IDE HDD in an external enclosure.
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24 May 2011   #36
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Just found this NewEgg Video on installing

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29 May 2011   #37
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Well, I really like these new HD Dock units. Here is another that I just got to test. It has 1 slot for SATA & 1 combo slot for 3.5 / 2.5 IDE HDs.

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This SATA HDD Dock allows you to plug any 2.5'' or 3.5'' , SATA or IDE Hard disk to your computer via USB port, and using two HD at the same time. It functions as a 2-port USB hub and card reader as well. The device is compatible with both PCs and Mac.


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Features:
  • Supports Double SATA/IDE HD, Standard, convenient and trendy design
  • Supports E-SATA,USB1.1, USB2.0, SATA I, and SATA II compatible
  • 2-Port USB 2.0 HUB, Hi-speed USB2.0 data transfer rate up to 480MB/s (Max), SATA II transfer rate up to 3GB/s
  • Supports 2.5/3.5 inch SATA/IDE Hard Drive, up to 1TB 2=2TB
  • Multi-Card Reader for SD/MS/CF/XD-memory
  • Plugs and play and hot-swappable
  • Power LED indicator
  • On/Off switch
  • OS compatible: Win7/Vista/XP/2000/ME/98SE, Mac OS 9.x or higher
  • Power adapter: Input 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 1.0A ; Output 12V-3A, 5.0V-3A
  • Dimension: 165.5 x 110 x 102mm
  • Weight: 237g



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Made a 32gb Windows backup to a 2TB SATA HD in about 20 mins.


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29 May 2011   #38
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm always leary of these do it all products, with Japanese or Chinese written all over them. When it comes to data, I just don't like to take chances. My Thermaltakes are all solid, and pretty cheap to boot.
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29 May 2011   #39
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
pretty cheap to boot.
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29 May 2011   #40
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Doc, gotta link to that all-in-one?

Is this the same one? NEON all-in-one Dual HDD dock
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