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    Default Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    What is a 3.5" enclosure that is supposed to be a very good one. I want to make another external hdd for my friend because he is going to store and transfer videos for football films to watch and move around from computer to computer. I have used 2.5 enclosures and found Vantec to be good. What is your opinion on this subject? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    Windows 7 Professional
    (2)-ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" Monitor
    CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) Liquid CPU Cooler
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Kingston Hyper X Blu 16GB
    Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Server Processor
    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    3 -2TB Western Digital Black HDD
    Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5 Internal Card Reader
    1 Asus Blu Ray Burner
    1 Plextor DVD Burner

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    Default Re: Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    Are you planning on using a SATA drive? Your linked product does anyway.

    I haven't tested any of the SATA external devices, but using standard IDE drives I have found that both Vantec and Thermaltake have very solid products. There are other manufacturers out there, but these two seem to always have a very solid performance record.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    I have heard the same about Vantec and Thermaltake.
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    Default Re: Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    I've been using a Vantec NexStar 2 for about two years now with much complaint.

    The model you linked seems to be decent, assuming you have the correct hardware to support it, as Darth said. What's strage about this one is that the external port is also sata. You'll need a sata hdd and an external sata port on your PC (or route a cable from an internal port to the exterior). Personally, i prefer enclosures that have both USB2 and 1394 for portability.

    Keep in mind how it's cooled too. Overheating has been the death of more than a few HDD's

    *I see the NexStar 3 is out now, looks nice :-)
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    Default Re: Looking for a good 3.5 enclosure?

    I went IDE HDD. I went with an AMS Venus. Many, many good ratings on Newegg.
    Windows 7 Professional
    (2)-ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" Monitor
    CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) Liquid CPU Cooler
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Kingston Hyper X Blu 16GB
    Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Server Processor
    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    3 -2TB Western Digital Black HDD
    Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5 Internal Card Reader
    1 Asus Blu Ray Burner
    1 Plextor DVD Burner

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