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I am desperately in need of more space. I filled up my 320gb and another 160gb so I decided I am going to buy a 500gb. I was thinking of getting an external and just storing all my media on there, and then use my 320gb for Vista and Software. Otherwise I was thinking of just buying a SATA2 500gb internal and install just media on it and keep my OS and everything on my 320gb. Basically I have to get a 500gb and I don't know if I should go with external or internal. I need to know which one and give me some recommendations. I would want eSATA but its not a must.
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I would simply get any of these eSATA Enclosures (there are a good number of cheaper ones), and get any SATA2 Disk of your choice

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=
    
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The best desktop 500GB would be a Seagate 7200.11. These just came out so you may have to wait 1-2 weeks before being able to buy at stores. Drop that into any enclosure.
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Well is it better to buy an internal and put it in an enclosure. Because it costs the same or less to just buy an external.
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do you want the portability of an external hdd? if not just go for the internal and put it in your machine as a slave drive.
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Well is it better to buy an internal and put it in an enclosure. Because it costs the same or less to just buy an external.
I don't think it matters. They seem the same enclosures.

However, I would buy them separately, so I can pick my own hard drive. With some of those external ones, I don't even know which drive is actually inside it
    
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The Western Digital in my sig is nice drive, has 5year warranty too!
gotta get myself another to run in RAID 1

buy a bare bones drive and choose your own enclosure!
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Get a Samsung Spinpoint T166 500gb, 7200rpm you should be able to get one for under $130. It's a fast drive.
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Originally Posted by noahmateen1234 View Post
I am desperately in need of more space. I filled up my 320gb and another 160gb so I decided I am going to buy a 500gb. I was thinking of getting an external and just storing all my media on there, and then use my 320gb for Vista and Software. Otherwise I was thinking of just buying a SATA2 500gb internal and install just media on it and keep my OS and everything on my 320gb. Basically I have to get a 500gb and I don't know if I should go with external or internal. I need to know which one and give me some recommendations. I would want eSATA but its not a must.
Just picked up a WD 500 gig caviar and am using it with a Kingwing eSATA enclosure.

Works perfectly at speeds just about the same as internal.

Definitely recommend eSATA over USB. After using this eSATA solution ... there's no way I could stand using an external USB drive again.

Here's the very affordable, well cooled enclosure I got: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817121022

have fun!
    
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I was just thinking of getting the Western Digital Mybook 500gb hard drive
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