So I am looking on amazon and Newegg and I am noticing that 1tb Internal HDD are selling for more than 1tb EXTERNAL HDD and was just curious if there is any SIGNIFICANT benefits to buying an internal and converting it to an external with an enclosure? Are there certain features on the Internal drives that aren't on the externals? Durability better on the internals? Just trying to figure out why the internals would cost more than the externals of same brand and capacity... I have a 750GB spare internal WD 7200rpms so I could just buy an enclosure and save myself the money is internals are better quality but anyways just looking for some opinions because I don't want to spend the extra money if I don't have to... Also worth mentioning: If I were to use my 750GB HDD I would be using it on 3 separate laptops - one of which is the laptop I took it out of and replaced with an 840 EVO SSD after cloning the drive to the SSD - would connecting the original drive as an external to the laptop I took it out of tha currently has an SSD cause any issues at all even after a clean wipe?
Thanks in advance... first day on this site and ive been loving it! Great answers!
Depends of what HDD the external enclosures use. That's the manufacturer's choice, and they don't choose the best HDDs for that, hence the lower price.
You can make an external drive from an HDD and an enclosure, if you want. I personally prefer docking stations for that, the HDD is exposed (more air flow around them) and they can be replaced/ejected very easily. Of course, no pets/kids allowed.