Please recommend a 3.5 internal SATA enclosure.

Please recommend a 3.5 internal SATA enclosure. Enclosure for a desktop computer that does not have a direct connection with the hard drive itself. Many of the hard drive enclosures that I have seen seem to show that the hard drive have to be directly connected to the wires inside the case. I need one priced about $35 or less and is sturdy.

I find that by using my internal hard drive as an external drive that direct connection can weaken the connections on the hard drive itself thus damaging the hd.

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  1. I'm not sure where you've seen so many enclosures that have them directly connected to the motherboard. Most that I see connect a HDD through USB, firewire, or eSATA.

    I would recommend getting an enclosure that supports eSATA as well as USB. Most come with a SATA to eSATA connector and work at nearly the same speed as if it was connected internally. Just do a search at and choose the features you want.

    I have a Rosewill eSATA/USB enclosure like this one: It usually goes on sale for $30 or less.
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