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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:49 pm 
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Scott, would you recommend this hard drive enclosure?


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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:10 pm 
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No, the power adapter connection is non-standard. Search the forum for my recommendations. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:41 am 
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I found this thread. In one of the thread's posts, you said the following:

Scott wrote:
Using industry standard 12V barrel style power connectors is key. I insure that all external enclosures I purchase use that exact same type of power adapter, that way they are not only interchangeable, but if one fails, replacements are easy to come by. I'll be ordering a couple of the 3rd one for myself. Scott.

PS: Its pretty obvious that the "StarTech" and "Thermaltake" units are both made by the same mfr., so the internal components, connectors, build quality and such would likely be the same.


Is what you said then still true today, Scott?


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:26 am 
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Yes indeed. I can use the same AC adapters on all of my external drives, regardless of the make, model or when it was purchased. Besides flexibility it also means that if any of the adapters fail (and they do) I have a number of spares to choose from. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:15 pm 
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How about this enclosure? It at least appears to use the kind of power adapter connection you recommend, Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:54 pm 
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I don't think I'd recommend that one either, in general I recommend docks over enclosures. You can see my latest dock recommendations here. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:08 pm 
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Scott, be glad that I already have this dock. However, I've been thinking about getting an enclosure to be used with my DirecTV receiver/DVR, which has an eSATA port. I can't say that my dock protects hard drives against electrostatic discharge. Keep in mind that there's carpeting involved.


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I'd still use a dock since I would always be responsible about grounding myself before touching the drive, but if it were going to be handled by others I'd probably want a higher quality metal enclosure, since the metal would provide better ESD shielding as well as thermal conductivity. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:59 pm 
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How about this enclosure? It doesn't accommodate PATA hard drives, but we can't have everything.


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:38 pm 
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From what I can see I'd likely recommend that one. I can't say for sure though unless I tested it first. Scott.


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How about this one or this one?


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Those don't look like they would physically stack well with the same or other enclosures, plus I've come to dislike enclosures with internal fans, especially non-standard ones. They also seem to have some problems with the power management requiring a firmware update to disable it: http://www.rosewill.com/products/916/Pr ... wnload.htm

I'd have to test one myself before I could recommend it. Let me know what you think if you get one. Scott.


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How about this enclosure? I'm not quite certain about the power adapter it uses.


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It seems OK as long as it uses the standard 12V power adapter connector. Note that for most uses (and flexibility in using multiple drives) I recommend docks over enclosures these days. Scott.


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Scott, keep in mind that I'm planning to get an external enclosure with an eSATA port for use with my DirecTV DVR/receiver. I plan to put a 2TB Enterprise-class hard drive inside the enclosure. However, I'm still planning to buy a second Thermaltake docking station.


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