I want to get an external hard drive to backup data on. I would like to get a passport WD drive for $100 on newegg (that would be the 120 gb one) but was wondering if I should skip the portable ones and pick one that is more robust and is a bit faster. I would like to stay under $160 and size should be greater than 100gb...
Good enclosures, and with fans, keeps them cool.
I have used other enclosures in the past with Seagate drives that did not have a fan, and had two hard drive failures. Can I blame the fan less enclosures a the root of the failures, no, but with enclosures with fans I have not had any disk failures in over a year.
You should not have any trouble with interference if you go with the IDE setup.
The SATA setup does not come with a back panel bracket, but that was not a problem for me as I have a Sata card with two eSata connections. The enclosure is not Sata 2, but sometime in the near future one will be available. I you select another type of enclosure just make sure it has a fan.
Both work well for me, with the Sata a bit faster.