Looking for good "2.5" enclosure for SSD

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  1. Oleg

    Oleg Registered Member

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    Can you suggest a good enclosure for SSD?.
     
  2. Bill_Bright

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    Sadly, no. But I will recommend you make sure it supports USB 3.x (to connect to the computer) and SATA 6Gb/s (to connect the SSD internally). I would also recommend you go with recognized brands.
     
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    That MiniPro looks like a nice unit. I personally am not a fan of the USB interface for external drives as it seems plagued with connectivity issues - at least forums are awash with user complaints about their external USB drives no longer being detected. So I like the fact that device supports eSATA (as does my motherboard). I also like the fact it comes with its own power supply to avoid drawing too much current through the USB hub. It is a little pricy but looks worth it.
     
  5. Oleg

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    eSATA all the way for sure!. :)

    A lot of people would argue that eSATA is slower than USB 3.0. I am using eSATA input or interface for a long time, and to me eSATA beats USB 3.0.
     
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    When I purchased my last Two it was on black Friday they had them discounted and free shipping.
     
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    Agreed. I use eSATA, and the transfer rate is faster than USB 3.0.
     
  8. Khzyvfonhes

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    I purchased a cheap, aluminum, 3.0 external 2.5" USB case from Ebay. Been using it for quite some time with zero issues.
    I think I payed around $6 for it. Works just fine.

    I also purchased 30, or so, of the plastic, cheapo USB2.0 drive enclosures from Hong Kong for $3 each. Been using these for quite some time. I've had no issues with them either.

    I place an image of each of my customers hard drives on 160gb, or 250gb, 2.5" hard drives, and put them in one of the cheap, plastic drive cases. One gets handed out, with every computer I sell, along with the recovery media. No complaints from customers either. Adds between only 5 to 15 Ducketts to the cost of each computer.

    (I refurbish and upgrade laptops for kicks and giggles).
     
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  9. Bill_Bright

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    eSATA is more reliable, IMO, but if your motherboard does not support eSATA, and many don't, you are stuck with USB.

    On paper, eSATA is a little faster than USB3.0 (6Gbps vs 5Gbps) but in real-world scenarios, it is not likely to be significantly noticeable.

    If your motherboard and your USB devices supports USB3.1, your maximum throughput (on paper) is 10Gbps and that would be noticeable (at least on large file transfers).

    If your motherboard only supports USB2.0, then you are seriously limited to 480Mbps.

    But still, because USB connectivity issues are pretty common, I would go eSATA if available.
     
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