I am looking into building an External Hard Drive by buying the separate parts, this is for convenience of expanding storage in the near future, without having to buy a new ready built external Hard Drive.
I think I am going to buy this - "StarTech 3.5 inch eSATA USB 2.0 to IDE SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure" from Amazon coupled with a 3TB WD Internal 3.5inch Hard Drive.
Why the large storage? Good question! I need it due to my demand of downloading Movies and TV Shows!
How easy is it to put the two together and build an external Hard Drive?
Also, has anybody got additional advice on Encloures that have space for two Hard Drives, instead of just the one? Perhaps a NAS drive?
Any help would be much appreciated.
asked Jan 29 at 17:19
It should take no longer than about 5-10 minutes to assemble. Formating will depend if you are doing it the long and old fashion way or by a quick format. I have done about four myself with some left over hard drives that I have here. It is just some screw to lock down the hard drive once you get it connected together and close it up. And with any power plugs and the actual connection to your computer. I have seen one that I did make for a client of mine that was a combination usb external hard disk storage. Where you can plug it in via USB. But it also had a Cat5 or rj45 networking cable option already there. So you can use it as a share hard drive for multiple computers on the network. The other option is a NAS if you need to have it set to Raid1 for mirroring the information or have it as two separate hard drives.
answered Jan 29 at 18:57
I am thinking of using an eSATA connection.
My primary use will be to back up data.
I think it is best if I keep the two hard drives separate.
The only question I have is which NAS device is best?
Thanks for your help.
answered Jan 29 at 19:22