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which one is cheaper and better? i need something to connect my 3.5 inch seagate barracuda desktop drive to usb, and my budget is ~$20. thanks.


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For temporary use and you don't have pets or little kids then one of the adapters like this would work very well. I have a couple of them and they work like a charm.

If you want it for every day use then I recommend an external enclosure.
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hey thanks for the help. i'm thinking of buying one of these kits for my 250gb Barracuda:


and a second 2tb hdd and enclosure.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003


Vantec NexStar CX NST-300S2-BK 3.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)


i'm going to use the 250gb as storage for the ripped .iso files on my pc and other programs like software installation, school work, etc., while the 2tb will carry all my media. will this stuff work, and am i getting my money's worth? i'm not sure about the enclosure, since some reviews say 2tb works, some don't.
post #4 of 9
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For temporary use and you don't have pets or little kids then one of the adapters like this would work very well. I have a couple of them and they work like a charm.

If you want it for every day use then I recommend an external enclosure.
i got one of those for $8 ... comes with a power supply
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That kit from Amazon is essentially the same one I linked to from Microcenter.
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post #6 of 9
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oh thanks. papasmurf didn't realize that.

so anyway, the case and hdd should work right? are those decent prices?
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They should work fine. You might want to check with Newegg and Superbiz to see if they have any better deals though.

You do know that the enclosure comes with all of the cables and adapters to connect the hard drive to the computer via USB don't you? You don't need both, but each has their purpose.
Edited by PapaSmurf - 5/21/11 at 7:09pm
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
They should work fine. You might want to check with Newegg and Superbiz to see if they have any better deals though.

You do know that the enclosure comes with all of the cables and adapters to connect the hard drive to the computer via USB don't you? You don't need both, but each has their purpose.
i checked Newegg for the enclosure and it's about the same with shipping.

i know that. i just figured it's easier to have that extra set of cables for when i use my 250gb instead of switching the drives in the enclosure. and it's only $10.
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No problem. I just wanted to make sure. That cable is extremely handy (I bought two of them).
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