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Old 10-16-2008, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Internal Drive + External Enclosure/eSata, SATA to IDE Configuration Question

So I had a WD MyBook 500gb that recently died on me and I'm looking to replace it with a new internal hard drive + external enclosure. I was hoping to avoid using a USB connection, as I have other hardware that require USB ports. I've been reading around and doing some comparison shopping to see what might be best but I still have a few questions. First of all, I've been looking at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136283
for the hard drive itself (the 32mb cache and the 5 year warranty especially, caught my eye)
and this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817198011
for the enclosure.

I've thought about an enclosure with a firewire connection, and if anyone has any suggestions that would be great. What I'm thinking, however, is with a SATA to IDE converter such as this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812206001

I might be able to use the internal to external SATA bracket included with the external enclosure to set up and utilize the eSATA connection with this hard drive. Is this even possible and recommended? My internal connections are both IDE, so I wasn't sure but this seems logical. And looking to the future, the next computer I buy most likely will have an eSATA port.

I can provide any other information about my system if necessary to answer my uncertainty and, of course, any recommendations for better/more appropriate configurations are definitely welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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None of your links work. I put an "N" in front of the item # and found the hardware you were looking at.


A card like this should work well with the enclosure you're looking at.

Newegg.com - MASSCOOL PCI Card, 1 external eSATA + 2 internal SATA Model XWT-RC061 - Add-On Cards
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Default Re: New Internal Drive + External Enclosure/eSata, SATA to IDE Configuration Question

i'd recommend this HDD -> Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

and this enclosure -> Newegg.com - AMS DS-2131SSBK Steel / Aluminum 3.5" SATA 3-IN-2 SATA Module - External Enclosures

the eSATA card recommended above is also a good choice
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