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Hard drive: internal or external use?
Hi I have a spare 2tb hard drive, I am wondering if it is best to put it in the computer box, or is it ok to use an external enclosure. What way will last longer :)
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If you put it in an enclosure it means more wires and another power plug. If you want it to be able to be moved around or connected to different computers than an enclosure makes sense.
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Internal is subject to less vibration and is generally cooler because of fans, but I doubt there's much difference. I don't like externals, more cords, power supplies, etc.
Externals tend to suffer more falls IME.
The interface is (SATA/IDE -> USB) is usually what fails on me with external drives.... the drive itself is usually fine.
Depends what you want..... do you need more storage in your PC ? Install it.
Do you copy stuff from your mates PC's a lot ? Throw it in an enclosure.
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As above, externals have wires and fall more often, but make a much better option for backups and file sharing with others. Make sure you get a modern usb3 enclosure or use eSATA and speeds shouldn't suffer much at all.
I am thinking about getting one of these
anyone used one before?
I've looked at other models by them, they look good. Make sure it can do stuff like RAID, JBOD, disk spanning, etc.
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