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I'm looking for a good external enclosure for a Samsung 2TB F4 I just ordered. I've tried USB 2.0, Firewire 400, and eSATA with the WD MyBook 1 TB I have right now and ended up sticking with the Firewire because my drive would power on and off with my system like it's supposed to. With eSATA it would transfer data nice and quick, but the drive would disappear from Windows every 15 minutes and didn't power on and off with the system.

I want something faster than Firewire now so that leaves me with USB 3.0 and eSATA again. I'm leaning towards USB 3.0 because of all the headaches eSATA gave me before, but if anyone has had a good experience with eSATA and a specific external enclosure I'd love to hear it. Maybe it was just my stupid My Book. My budget is around $20-30.

Here's one I've found and like:

Rosewill RX35-AT-SU3

It doesn't have any fan though. Will a fan be necessary? The drive will only be used to store backup images of my OS and storage drives approximately once per week.

EDIT: I just read that the Rosewill drive I posted has an energy saving feature that shuts the drive completely off after 5 minute of inactivity and there is no way to disable that feature. That won't work for me, I need a drive that will stay on if I want it to.

This one looks promising though, anyone try it?

AZiO E377-U31 Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Edited by LastBucsfan - 4/22/11 at 10:48am
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I have a Raygo one I bought from TigerDirect that I like pretty well.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=R12-40924
This rosewill one is the exact same enclosure with USB 3.0. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182210
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I have a Raygo one I bought from TigerDirect that I like pretty well.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=R12-40924
This rosewill one is the exact same enclosure with USB 3.0. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182210
That Rosewill one with the USB 3.0 looks great and is priced well. Thank you!
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I really like mine. The only negative thing I can say about it so far is it's a little bit of a hassle to put in/take out a drive, since you have to undo and redo 8 screws each time, but it's not that big of a deal if you're not gonna be swapping drives often.
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I really like mine. The only negative thing I can say about it so far is it's a little bit of a hassle to put in/take out a drive, since you have to undo and redo 8 screws each time, but it's not that big of a deal if you're not gonna be swapping drives often.
I won't be swapping often, if ever. How is the enclosures power management? Does it shutdown for no reason, not power off with the rest of the system or anything screwy like that?
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It has an on/off switch on the back, and since it's USB windows should be able to detect it if you turn it on after you've started your computer. This also means you'll have to manually turn it off though unfortunately. To me it's not a big deal because whenever I shut down my computer I turn off my monitor, my speakers, and my external if it's on. I don't know if you can get an enclosure that will shut down with your computer, since most enclosures are powered by an outlet, and not by your computer.
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It has an on/off switch on the back, and since it's USB windows should be able to detect it if you turn it on after you've started your computer. This also means you'll have to manually turn it off though unfortunately. To me it's not a big deal because whenever I shut down my computer I turn off my monitor, my speakers, and my external if it's on. I don't know if you can get an enclosure that will shut down with your computer, since most enclosures are powered by an outlet, and not by your computer.
Booo... I thought it might be that way since it's USB. The only interface I've found on external drives to shutdown/startup properly with the rest of the system is Firewire for whatever reason. I like a one button power up/power down for my whole system. I suppose I could deal with it for the faster transfer rate of USB 3.0 though... as long as it doesn't drop out of Windows like eSATA did all the time, lol.
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Yeah. I'm using my enclosure with eSATA, but it's just a backup drive, so I don't access it much.
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Yeah. I'm using my enclosure with eSATA, but it's just a backup drive, so I don't access it much.
Has it ever "dropped out" of Windows after a period of inactivity?
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