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WD Black 1TB HDD used as external storage, USB 3.0 vs eSATA?

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I got a deal on a WD Black 1TB and have the eSata cable, and port(duh), but I dont have a power connecter for sata, so I have to open my case and use that power, which defeats the purpose of keeping it outside the case. So was hoping I could get some help here

Should I get a enclosure for the HDD that has power and usb 3.0 connectivity, or stick to eSATA, and get a DC to molex adapter, and a 4 pin to sata adapter? I havent been able to test Esata yet to determine since the only spare HDD i have stalls the computer when connected.
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Originally Posted by Gregory14 View Post

I got a deal on a WD Black 1TB and have the eSata cable, and port(duh), but I dont have a power connecter for sata, so I have to open my case and use that power, which defeats the purpose of keeping it outside the case. So was hoping I could get some help here

Should I get a enclosure for the HDD that has power and usb 3.0 connectivity, or stick to eSATA, and get a DC to molex adapter, and a 4 pin to sata adapter? I havent been able to test Esata yet to determine since the only spare HDD i have stalls the computer when connected.

It is probably safer to buy an enclosure for it. If you want to use eSATA still, I'm fairly certain there are eSATA enclosures out there. If you aren't super concerned with the safety of the drive, then just buy an adapter.
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post #3 of 7
Just get you one of these when they go on sale again;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173043

There is a black version too. When you catch them on sale they can be found for under $20.

I've been using that same enclosure for well over 4 years now and it has been bullet proof, problem free. Heck I even dropped it onto my tile floor (with a WD Black 1Tb drive inside) and both the enclosure and the drive continue to work to this day.

I've use it on both USB and eSATA without problems, but the majority of the time it is connected to my main gaming rig via eSATA.

The only caveat is that it is USB 2.0 only - but if you plan on using it via eSATA interface most of the time, that really becomes a non-issue.
Edited by wevsspot - 4/17/14 at 12:17pm
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thanks, that was easy, found a roswell usb 3.0and eSATA that lays flat, and it has a cooling fan.

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Which one did you end up buying?
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This one, I was mostly concerned with it being verticle vs horizontal. I prefer it to be horizontal. Thanks for your help.

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-Aluminum-3-5-Inch-External-Enclosure/dp/B00545ZA92
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Nice. Good price too.

For anyone else and future reference, the model that they commonly picture standing vertical can also be used horizontal smile.gif I've had mine that way forever.
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