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    Default External enclosure question

    Why would someone buy a ide external case instead of a sata one? Wouldn't it be faster with a sata drive?
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    Default Re: External enclosure question

    Remember that when you use it as an external unit, you are limited to the speed of the bus. USB 2.0 has a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 480mbps transfer speed. Faster drives do not always equate to better transfer speeds.
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    Default Re: External enclosure question

    True but the sata drives for the ones I am looking at are cheaper than ata. Why would I pay more for something better. It won't be faster, I understand that. It will go in my computer later if I want it to though.
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    Default Re: External enclosure question

    The person(s) in question may already have an older IDE drive that they want to use as an external drive. I have 2 IDE enclosers, the one I use has an 80GB seagate and there is a 10GB WD for my sister.
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