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    Hi All,

    I'm thinking of getting a external 3.5"HDD case (USB2.0 or Combo). Get a 7200rpm HDD. Use it as a backup storage. Looking for metal case for better heat management.
    NOTE: Not looking for portable storage cum card reader, cos I already have a Compact-drive PD6X.

    Any recommendation?
    Thanks!

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    How much does a portable storage cost? let says 20GB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyingpig
    How much does a portable storage cost? let says 20GB?
    I got the Compact-Drive http://www.eastgear.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=17_66 from EastGear at $399 (40Gb). It has one of the fastest transfer speed I've seen so far.

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    the casing alone should cost anywhere between $50 and $100.

    The HDD inside can be bought seperately. Things to look out for when buying the casing is the heat dissipation capability. Erm.. simply how cool it can keep the HDD.

    I personally use a 2.5inch HDD casing.
    Because it's portable, no ext power supply needed and heat isn't as big an issue, and it can withstand higher impacts than 3.5inch.

    But the max size (storage size) of the 2.5 aren't anywhere near the 3.5's. and the cost of the HDs are higher.

    There you have it. Pros and cons.

    After reading my own post. I think I haven't replied evq. hahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    the casing alone should cost anywhere between $50 and $100.

    The HDD inside can be bought seperately. Things to look out for when buying the casing is the heat dissipation capability. Erm.. simply how cool it can keep the HDD.

    I personally use a 2.5inch HDD casing.
    Because it's portable, no ext power supply needed and heat isn't as big an issue, and it can withstand higher impacts than 3.5inch.

    But the max size (storage size) of the 2.5 aren't anywhere near the 3.5's. and the cost of the HDs are higher.

    There you have it. Pros and cons.

    After reading my own post. I think I haven't replied evq. hahah

    hahaha, it's ok.
    I prefer a 3.5" cos I'm looking at 120-160Gb HDD for files backup. More for home use, so size is not an issue.

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    I am looking at getting a 3.5" external HDD setup also.

    For the casing I am initially considering this:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/caseue705blk.html

    Since you brought up the issue of heat dissipation I think I will go for the aluminum model, which is smaller and costs only a few dollars more:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/vtxuens35.html

    For the harddisk, I am considering Seagate Baracuda ST3200822A-RK 200GB. Frys is running a special price for this drive at US$119, and with the US$50 rebate the final price is only US$69.
    http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4008252

    I read some review on Amazon that complained about the noise of this drive. Has anyone got any experience? I am not too concerned as it is for backup of my documents (mainly photos) so it will not be on all the time. However, I would like to know how bad is the noise problem, just in case...

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roygoh
    I am looking at getting a 3.5" external HDD setup also.

    For the casing I am initially considering this:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/caseue705blk.html

    Since you brought up the issue of heat dissipation I think I will go for the aluminum model, which is smaller and costs only a few dollars more:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/vtxuens35.html

    For the harddisk, I am considering Seagate Baracuda ST3200822A-RK 200GB. Frys is running a special price for this drive at US$119, and with the US$50 rebate the final price is only US$69.
    http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4008252

    I read some review on Amazon that complained about the noise of this drive. Has anyone got any experience? I am not too concerned as it is for backup of my documents (mainly photos) so it will not be on all the time. However, I would like to know how bad is the noise problem, just in case...

    Thanks!

    Roy
    Thanks Roy!
    Last edited by evq; 20th November 2004 at 09:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roygoh
    I am looking at getting a 3.5" external HDD setup also.

    For the casing I am initially considering this:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/caseue705blk.html

    Since you brought up the issue of heat dissipation I think I will go for the aluminum model, which is smaller and costs only a few dollars more:
    http://www.xpcgear.com/vtxuens35.html

    For the harddisk, I am considering Seagate Baracuda ST3200822A-RK 200GB. Frys is running a special price for this drive at US$119, and with the US$50 rebate the final price is only US$69.
    http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4008252

    I read some review on Amazon that complained about the noise of this drive. Has anyone got any experience? I am not too concerned as it is for backup of my documents (mainly photos) so it will not be on all the time. However, I would like to know how bad is the noise problem, just in case...

    Thanks!

    Roy
    Hi Roy,

    The latest range of Seagate Barracuda IV offering 'softsonic' or 'sound barrier technology' is a lot quieter than it's previous disks.

    from a web site
    "...According to Seagate, the 40GB (single platter) 'Cuda IV emits 20 dB while spinning at 7200 RPM, and 24 dB while seeking (with acoustic management enabled, which will slow it down slightly). Since the human ear cannot really distinguish any sound below 25 dB from ambient noise in all but the most silent scenarios..."
    so if you're gonna use a 3.5inch HD outside your desktop and somewhere near you. I suggest getting that silent HD. A constant HD spinning irritates me quite a bit.
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    I've bought the following case from this guy at Yahoo auctions and it seems to work well. Price has dropped. It used to be close to $50, now it's ~$31. http://page.auctions.shopping.yahoo....0?aucview=0x30

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    I believe these are from oversea. I'm looking cases that can be found locally. Maybe i can check out during Sitex. Any other recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    Hi Roy,

    The latest range of Seagate Barracuda IV offering 'softsonic' or 'sound barrier technology' is a lot quieter than it's previous disks.

    so if you're gonna use a 3.5inch HD outside your desktop and somewhere near you. I suggest getting that silent HD. A constant HD spinning irritates me quite a bit.
    Hi Yan,

    Thanks for the tip. Too bad I already ordered the hard disk from outpost.com.

    Seems like the prices in Singapore is still a lot better than in US. Over here aluminum casings go for at least US$30.

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    I bought this 3.5 HDD casing from Sim Lim and it had a fan built-in:

    Thermaltake SilverRiver Portable 3.5" HDD Enclosure

    They have the usb and the combo version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evq
    I believe these are from oversea. I'm looking cases that can be found locally. Maybe i can check out during Sitex. Any other recommendations?
    The guy is based in Singapore. He has a shop near Bugis Junction. Quite convenient to meet up. He offers warranty too for his products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcrash
    I bought this 3.5 HDD casing from Sim Lim and it had a fan built-in:

    Thermaltake SilverRiver Portable 3.5" HDD Enclosure

    They have the usb and the combo version.
    Look impressive, how much did u pay for it? Which verions, USB or combo? Which shop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    The guy is based in Singapore. He has a shop near Bugis Junction. Quite convenient to meet up. He offers warranty too for his products.
    Thanks mpenza. btw, do u have the address or website?

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    realised he might have moved to Shenton Way..... http://www.kenarservices.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by evq
    Look impressive, how much did u pay for it? Which verions, USB or combo? Which shop?
    download the pricelist for the hardwareplace sim lim 6th floor. Mine is the usb2 version. cost less than $100.

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    oh yah.. very important to get a usb2.0 or firewire version. Else if you're gonna back up like 2 gb of files.. it's gonna take ages on USB1.1..
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    Quote Originally Posted by yanyewkay
    oh yah.. very important to get a usb2.0 or firewire version. Else if you're gonna back up like 2 gb of files.. it's gonna take ages on USB1.1..

    I don't think you can even find an eclosure that has only USB full-speed now, unless maybe in Sungei road . It is probably more important to make sure you have USB 2.0 ports on your PC.
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    One question on Firewire, is it also plug & play like USB2.0? I never use 1394 before. Any driver needed for Win XP? Cos Firewire is faster than USB2.0. i may get a Combo.

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