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I want to use my 3 500gb drives for back up and was wondering what the best/cheapest solution would be. I want them to be separate from my main pc in case of it going up in flames or something. I would like to use the e-sata interface, but i only have 2 sata connectors on my mobo free but i also have 2 gsata connectors.
Most of the external enclosures that have more than 2 slots are quite expensive.
So I am basically looking for suggestions on how to store and control my backup drives. I may consider using only two of the drives externally and one as a third back-up internally of my most important stuff.

Thanks!
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Hi, I'm afraid you won't be able to place all 3 in an external box cheaply, (just perused newegg). I can however offer a somewhat odd, but fairly cheap solution:

First buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822154357

then remove the 3 1TB drives, sell them for what they are worth (probably 250-300), and replace them with your three 500 GB drives. Your total cost would only be around 125-175 dollars which is a lot cheaper than buying an enclosure by itself. Also you would get some pretty nifty features like raid support.

Just a suggestion, never tried it myself but it should work in theory.
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Hi, I'm afraid you won't be able to place all 3 in an external box cheaply, (just perused newegg). I can however offer a somewhat odd, but fairly cheap solution:

First buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822154357

then remove the 3 1TB drives, sell them for what they are worth (probably 250-300), and replace them with your three 500 GB drives. Your total cost would only be around 125-175 dollars which is a lot cheaper than buying an enclosure by itself. Also you would get some pretty nifty features like raid support.

Just a suggestion, never tried it myself but it should work in theory.


you won't get that much for those 1tb drives.

why not 2 drives esata and the third (the least used of the three) usb.
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Was looking at this but its still $100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817332010
Its ok to use the gsata ports just for backup drives right?
That should work fine, the only difference between gsata and normal sata is that they are controlled by different chips. Specifically gsata is controlled by a gigabyte chip and the others by an intel chip (usually). Performance should be identical.
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