External enclosure recommendations

I’m wanting to buy an external enclosure to put a harddrive in,What’s a good brand ? I want something sturdy and well protective of the harddrive.

How big do you want it to be and will you be using a 2.5 or 3.5" HDD? Also are you looking for esata, firewire or usb?

I like the Vantex Nextar series… http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392016

all depends on your needs 3.5? 2.5?..

btw: i don’t buy the hard drive separate anymore i like the seagate FreeAgent stuff and MyBook stuff comes with back up stuff…just sayin…

Yeah those Vantex cases are nice. I have this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392038

I like it and its small enough that I can carry it most any where.

I was planning to get a wd black.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145167 I would recommend this one. Its powered with esata

This is what i recommend, i use it for my 500GB western digital 3.5" SATA HDD:


^^ Simple, slick design, sturdy, not too expensive, and works great.

Thanks guys,I like the last two cases,I’ll look into the seatgate prebuilt also.

Once you go black, other hdd’s seem wack

I prefer a decent 2.5" notebook HDD and just about any cheap SATA 300 compatible, USB enclosure will do. I purchased a few off of eBay that suit my needs nicely. One of which I carry in my notebook bag at all times. I am partial to being able to swap out the drive if I choose along with the unit’s portability. 3.5" drive enclosures or the AIO units often require a powersource, which for myself is not always available. 2.5" drives and enclosures require and are powered by nothing more than one or two USB connections. As far as back-up software is concerned, Windows Vista and 7 Pro and above already are adequately out-fitted. Most of the commonly used media/data burning suites and even some PC management/utility softwares such as Norton 360 also contain decent applications for this as well.


Thats what I use, sits right next to my monitor. Just pop in a drive when I need to, no screws or anything needed.