Bought a Hitachi Simple Drive 500GB external drive, used it for about a year and then it fell of my table and stopped working.
My question is can I replace it with any SATA 2 HDD?
The case is perfect, since it fell on a soft surface, but the drive got shocked when it hit the floor.
The drive inside is HDS721050CLA362... the 1 TB versions use drives with a 32MB buffer, but mine was 16 MB.
There is a good deal in a shop near me for a SAMSUNG 1TB ECOGREANF2 SAHD103SI which is half the price of the 1TB Hitachi, and about 15% cheaper than the 500 GB Hitachi.
I wouldn't want to throw the case away. Looks nice and is very good quality. No point of buying another or a completely new external drive.
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I have one of those. It would always shut down and then I had to turn off/on to get it to work again. Pain.
Current build was right when HDD prices increased. I opened the SimpleDrive and took that 1 tb out and used it as my main drive. No problems. Internal drive. Isn't a bad drive at all once you take it out of there. Bought WDB as main and use Hitachi as second 1tb. But I have kept the case for when HDD prices go down, will have external housing (but USB 2).
So anyway. I took the drive OUT and used it fine, so one would expect that, yes, you could put any appropriate drive IN.