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Upgrading/need a new Hard Drive (3TB+) and good enclosure with fan.

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a b G Storage
August 13, 2013 11:37:05 AM

So my only 2TB hard drive is (which is generally used as a backup) full already and trying to burn cds/dvds or even blu rays would be futile and kinda pointless at this point (i only managed to knock off about 15GB and with all the new data i get it's full again) since it's probably easier to just get a new hard drive. And the other reason i'd like to get a new one is to organize my files better when transferring over to the other drive.

Since i have some major financial difficulties i have been putting off getting a proper backup for that 2TB i have just been using other hard drives and avoiding usage of my 2TB drive (which is hooked up to my newest desktop) but since the drive is nearly 5 years old and for one or 2 years it was left on (due to the fact i had an external setup on my older desktop which doesn't support 2TB). Anyway i was looking at these:

not really looking to spend over $200-250 on it, but i also want an external enclosure with a fan. I don't want to buy an external drive, because many don't have the fans included and i hear that the new external drives do not work as internals and at some point i'd like to throw it on a desktop if it still works. Now looking at my motherboard it looks like it would support 3TB so i assume it would handle a 4TB:

without issues. So i am looking for a reliable hard drive so if the 4TB isn't as reliable as a 3 or a 2TB let me know and also looking for a good enclosure. I have an enclosure: that matches my desktop case:

but that enclosure is built poorly. You can see the E-sata connection on the board is not on there correctly. It was also an exchanged from one that didn't work at all. So that was pretty much a waste of money, even though it still probably works i haven't used it. I would like to invest in a better one (if possible to match my case). I do have 3.0 USB, E-Sata and if at all possible be compatible with both IDE and SATA, but if not that's ok, i am just looking for a reliable enclosure. If worst case scenario if i need to add a fan to the enclosure, i'll do it if it at least has a spot where you can add one on there that would be fine.

a c 906 G Storage
August 13, 2013 2:26:37 PM
a b G Storage
August 13, 2013 9:25:52 PM

Thanks, it seems that this one might be better then, since it's all black - and you have had good results with the one you have. I might go for that, although it says it only can handle 3TB, is it 3TB max or could a 4TB drive be partitioned so you still would get the 4TB?

And i should have asked in the beginning but i am curious what is the difference between the enterprise and non-enterprise grade hard drives?
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a c 906 G Storage
August 14, 2013 3:09:20 PM

3tb was the largest drive you could get back then, its known to work with 4tb also.

Pros: Solid Enclosure, well made. I prefer the esata, good speeds. USB3 works well
This enclosure found my Seagate 4Tb, no problem.
a b G Storage
August 14, 2013 9:03:46 PM

Ok, well it's looking like it might be a bit cheaper to go with a 3TB, i finally did the math on it and i could practically get 2 of the 3TB for the same price as a 4TB, at least at Best Buy. I could still get the enclosure from newegg tho, thanks :) .