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WD My Book or Drive enclosure + Macrium?

Q: WD My Book or Drive enclosure + Macrium?

I do not have much experience with backups and I want to get something that is reliable and simple to use to backup my 2 computers.

Should I get a ready to use solution such as a WD My Book Essentials or should I get a hard drive enclosure plus a regular HD and then use Macrium to do my backups.

Preferred Solution: WD My Book or Drive enclosure + Macrium?

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A: WD My Book or Drive enclosure + Macrium?

Hi Denis,

Either solution is acceptable and will work just fine.

However, a regular HDD in an enclosure that connects to your computer via an eSATA connector/cable will allow you to backup quicker than one with a USB connector/cable.


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Hi All

I have a Western Digital My Book World Edition II (blue rings) 1TB NAS that was working fine till the other night

Have had a few problems in the past with it going offline which a reboot would normally fix. This time the unit did not power up ie no blue lights. I have removed the 2x500gig sata drives and installed into pc running vista. Both drive seem to work ok ie spin and are visible in disk management but not in my computer. Each drive shows up as having 5 partitions [4 healthy and 1 unallocated].

Is there any way to recover the data on these drives? I guess that the drives were setup as RAID as they appear as an array in ubuntu but unable to read data on drive.

A:Solved: WD My Book World enclosure failure

Just an update...

When I contacted WD support they directed me to their data recovery agents only no other options were given.

I borrowed an equivalent power supply and problem solved. The unit started up with all the data intact

If the enclosure had been faulty there does not seem to be any other option other than using their recovery service and lots of $$$$. Buyer beware. Once data is copied to these RAID drives you effectively give up the ownership of your data to the manufacturer.

Moral of the story.....backup your backups.

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Mostly about backup and imaging, but need to prepare a couple things.
I've asked a few questions already and done alot of reading as I am new to this part. But was away and finally ready to start my backup plan
Any suggestion or changes before I start would be great.

My Laptop:
Windows 7 Pro - 32bit.
i5, 2.40GHZ, 2400Mhz, 2 core....
3G Ram

16G - recovery
C: 140.95G
D: 140.95G ..Made one windows backup "image file" , it is in a My Recovery Folder on D: I did not have an external HD yet.
I made recovery and boot cds right away.
My laptop is sitting as it was at the time I made the windows image file a while ago. Does this plan sound ok?

-Make data folders and save all my data and files on D partition. - not realted to "user folders" C:
Leave the My Recovery Folder made earlier there, or rename the inside folder with the image inside to "Copy 1" and copy or move it to the external below as well?

-Heres my kicker, before I get Macrium, I have at the moment the WD My Book 2T (with smartware). Hope to get a second external one day.
-Format it on the new Win7 laptop - some software going to install I am sure!!
- Plug in, let windows find it...save anything off it I may need? I will use Macrium instead.
- Format to NTFS to use as simple external drive
-Uninstalll any WD Software from Win 7 laptop..is it going to leave anything behind... Read more

A:Ready to start imaging-Data, Macrium, WD My Book - suggestions?

The WD website (support) will give advice on uninstalling "Smartware" (terrible stuff IMO). I have had no problems formatting MY Book Essentials. WD will show you how but it's just the same as any HDD.

You really need backups/images on your external HDD. Just note: these HDDs are ok but they can "go to sleep" during a recovery boot sequence. If the drive isn't recognized and no data transfer is in place I find physically disconnect then reconnect the My Book will wake it up.

I would make a couple of images of the recovery partition.

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I purchased 2 500gb Maxtor SATA hard drives. The first I installed internally, and it works fine. The second I installed inside an Xstrastor dual-bay external enclosure. The enclosure can connect via eSATA or USB. This drive is detected but is read as being only 8gb, whether connected via eSATA or USB. The enclosure is a raid enclosure, but I thought that if only one drive was installed in the enclosure, it would just be read as a single drive. I think I remember reading something about an 8gb limit on some old hardware, so perhaps I need a driver. My equipment is fairly new - MSI P6N Diamond motherboard, NX8800GT video card, 4gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory...anyone have any ideas?


A:500gb drive in Xtrastor enclosure, drive reads as 8gb

Well, this was fixed, sort of. After holding down a reset button for 10 seconds, my drive is being detected via USB. However, it is no longer detected at all through onboard eSATA or eSATA adapter.

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I'm having the same issues as this lady. I have two IDE hard drives from older computers that I want to try to recover data from. I got a new enclosure all set up, plugged the first drive in (Drive 5), and it doesn't register under My Computer. I right click My Computer, go to Manage, avoid initializing/formatting the drive, and find that it's offline and unallocated. This is what it looks like.

I right click the drive listing (left side) and click Offline, hoping that'll bring it online. "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." Right click the right side, and I see "new simple volume, new spanned volume, new striped volume, properties, help." The latter two are clickable, the rest gray. I do everything the 'net tells me to do: change the jumper to Master, clean it with compressed air, restart the computer, restart the enclosure, reinstall the enclosure driver. Nothing changes.

I try plugging the enclosure into mom's laptop, and "offline" is now grayed out when I right click the left side of the drive listing. On the right side, "new simple volume" is clickable now, but my friend says that will also initialize the drive and erase everything, so I didn't try it. Apart from these differences, everything was exactly the same.

So I use the steps in the thread I linked in the beginning, hoping that the data recovery tool might be able to access the drive. When it scans all devices, however, the enclos... Read more

A:new hard drive enclosure, drive doesn't register

What kind of enclosure did you buy? The drives may be genuinely unusable, or it might be a problem with the enclosure.

When I want to salvage data from old drives I use this old tried-and-true Kingwin SATA/IDE->USB 2.0 adapter. Very inexpensive (so you can try it out yourself for minimal cost investment), but very reliable in my own experience. If you have a very large drive (e.g. SATA) that you want to access, it might be worth considering their USB 3.0 version for just a few dollars more because of the much faster USB 3.0 transfer speed.

I wouldn't give up yet on your IDE drives yet until I'd given this other adapter approach a shot. Never failed for me.

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Hello, I've finally got around to removing the hard drive from a 20 year old tower pc.

What hard drive enclosure (is that what they are called?) do I need to be able to access the data on the drive?
Any recommendations?
Also, is there anything I should be careful with, any 'watch outs' when doing this - or is it pretty straight forward?

It's a: Fujitsu MPD3084AT -P2 ID: YFIB

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I want to have Macrium Rescue and windows backup in one pendrive. If I create two partition in my pendrive, first for rescue and other for keeping backup, is it possible. Because windows only recognize the first primary partition of the pendrive.

Sorry found the answer in my earlier threads. So this is closed now

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Hi all,

My last computer died and at some point I'd like to connect the old hard drive to my new computer to transfer files and to use as a future backup drive.

What are the pros and cons of using a cable versus a drive enclosure?

Do cables ONLY come with USB and drive enclosures have the option of firewire? If so, is that the only distinction?

Thank you!

A:Old IDE hard drive - cable or drive enclosure?

It's nice to have an enclosure for the drive to keep it clean, for looks, and because the cases have some setup for cooling the drive. Otherwise, you have just a bare drive.

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What would be better to get, an internal drive and a drive enclosure or an external hard drive? I'm looking to get something that can connect with both eSata and Usb 2.0. I'm looking at getting a 500gb drive (sata?). What are the pros and cons of each? It would be used for backup for both my desktop as well as my laptop. I also may be doing some work off of it, and hosting iso files on it that will be mounted on occasion.

A:Drive enclosure or external hard drive?

I would go with the external as it will be a lot easier to move from one computer to the other

Here are 8 different ones that are 500GB external usb2.0/esata

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Because of you to you all, I have learnt a lot more about ThinkPads in the last few days. Thank you very much..  Planning to get an USB 3.0 HDD / SSD enclosure to mirror the 500 GB HDD that comes with T470 to a Samsung 860 EVO and then permanently leave the 500GB HDD on the enclosure. Unable to decide between these three:  https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Tool-free-Enclosure-Optimized-EC-UASP/dp/B00OJ3UJ2Shttps://www.amazon.com/Inateck-FE2004-External-Drive-Enclosure/dp/B00JQTO8TU/https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FZIZXSQ/ Any thoughts would be appreciated.. 

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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a good cheap NAS drive enclosure that supports RAID 10, but I'm having a hard time trying to find one that is. I found some, but they only support RAID 0, 1, and 5.

I'm wanting to plug it into the router so that my desktop and WHS server can use it for storage with a few SATA drives in RAID 10 for speed and data protection.

Do you have any recommendations?

A:NAS drive enclosure

Thecus N4100PRO NAS RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD Network Media Server Storage Enclosure, Up to 4x SATA II/3G Hard Drives w/ USB 2.0, GB LAN, Print Server, SMB, FTP, iTunes: N7700 (Up to 4TB, Retail)

Like that?

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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a good cheap NAS drive enclosure that supports RAID 10, but I'm having a hard time trying to find one that is. I found some, but they only support RAID 0, 1, and 5.

I'm wanting to plug it into the router so that my desktop and WHS server can use it for storage with a few SATA drives in RAID 10 for speed and data protection.

Do you have any recommendations?

A:NAS drive enclosure

I question the benefit of RAID 10 in this scenario. If this is going to be a networked device for storage....would the speed of your network actually be able to saturate the performance that you would get out of a RAID 5 setup??? I don't think that the extra speed gained from going from RAID 5 to RAID 10 in this instance would be noticeable...plus you will have more drive space with RAID 5 as your RAID 10 is only going to give you 50% overall.

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I'm trying to help my sister out. She has a couple old IDE hard drives out of an older computer that she would like to get access to photos that were stored on them, without being backed up I don't really know what to look for. I'm not sure what info you might need to help me with this. Can anyone tell me if either of these might work?



Thanks for any info.

A:Hard Drive Enclosure

Those would work, but the main use for the second one would be optical drives based on it's 5.25" size.

If its just to temporarily get the data off you may want to consider a USB to SATA/PATA(IDE) adapter like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
It has the added benefit of being compatible with modern SATA drives as well as older PATA/IDE drives.

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First time post here and i really hope you guys can help because i am stumped.

I am trying to get a hard drive from an old pc to work using an enclosure but so far no luck.

It is a Maxtor 90680D4 and is now inside an enclosure USB connected to my laptop. The 40/39 pin is fitted (cable end black in the drive & blue in the enclosure) and the 4 pin power connected but nothing is happening. The enclosure powers up but the drive is not found on my laptop. I understand that a problem could be the jumper settings. There is no diagram on the drive for these and although i think i need this set to 'master' so the usb works i don't know the position of the pins for this.

When i took the drive from the tower the pin settings (two seperate jumper clips) where on pins 1,2,3 & 5 on a type A :::.: connection.

I have never done this drive enclosure thing before but it seems more tricky than i thought. I was figuring to just plug it in the enclosure,fire it up and the laptop would find the drive.

Any ideas guys?


A:Old drive to enclosure not working

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hi i was wondering if i take my computer harddrive and put it in a usb case to make it a usb hard drive would i beable to then take my portable hard drive to anycomputer and boot my windows xp off of it?


A:xp on hard drive in a usb enclosure

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I have a Western Digital WD500KS Serial ATA hard drive. I purchased a Kingwin KH350SEU-BK enclosure only to find that I couldn't get it to work. Could someone suggest some enclosures that will work with this size SATA drive?

A:Hard Drive Enclosure


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I've pulled an old IDE hard drive from a xp computer. chuck it up in my IDE enclosure, plug it into my win7 pc, and nothing. not listed in dev man, computer, or disk manager, zip. i plug the same set up into another xp computer, no prob. i need my win7 pc to recognize it so i can save some info off it. i dont have continuous access to the xp pc i tried it on, so i cant use that one for the rescue. my win7 pc will detect my ata/sata enclosures fine, just not this IDE one.

A:IDE hard drive enclosure

I use a USB to IDE/SATA kit, like this one. Even with the USB 2.0 limits it moves data fast enough for occasional use. Simple to use, no drivers needed, just plug and play. You can even retrieve from a floppy disk.

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I took one of my old drive from my old computer and installed in the Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure.
Then I plug the USB into my note book, the USB to SATA bridge works fine.
However, I can not see the drive in "My Computer".

I have checked a few posts and I looked into Disk Management.
I found that Disk 0 is the internal HDD for the notebook, and Disk 1 is the enclosure HDD, my old drive, but it says that the disk is dynamic and is invalid.

Is that the reason why I can not see my drive in My Computer?
If a convertion is a must, can I still keep my data?

Thanks for your help

A:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen

Hello d...., welcome to the forum
Is it possible to put the drive back into your old PC copy the data off it, format the drive and copy the data back again?
If a conversion is a must there are third party dynamic disc converters which should keep your data intact; Download Dynamic Disk Converter Trial to check the conversion of the dynamic to basic disk I have never used this so I do not know how good it is

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I have several portable hard drives in their own enclosures that I would like to consolidate into a single 4 bay enclosure. This would require removal of a hard drive from each single enclosure and mounting into the 4 bay enclosure. I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drives. I want to be able to access each drive separately by its drive letter. I would be attaching this enclosure to my Laptop via USB 3.0. I have a few questions:
- Is it as simple as disassembly of the single enclosure and mounting into the bay and making USB connections/esata?
- Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced 4-bay enclosure for this application?
Thanks for your anticipated help.

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A:4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure

Here you go;
You do understand that some more modern external drives do not use a sata connector and would not work in a multi bay enclosure. Older external drives are just an internal drive in the enclosure and would work fine in a multi bay unit.
Will Windows try to consolidate the 4 drives into 1, or leave them as unique hard drives?Click to expand...

Only if you tell it to do so.
I don't want to format or lose the data on any of these drivesClick to expand...

You would not have to format the drive however IF you value the data, you have multiple copies. Data that you do not have at least two copies [on separate media] is data you do not care about and you should expect to lose said data. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

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Please help!

I recently upgraded my operating system to Windows 7 64 bit. I have an Intel MB with an E4500 core 2 dou processor running with 4 gigs ram.

I have an old ide enclose that all of the sudden wont be seen by the new operating system. I have changed the jumper on the hard drive in every combination possible. In the past, I have found that different computers can be sensitive to jumper positions wven if its not logical, its just the way it is.

Anyway, its a WD1600JB hard drive. When I plug it into the USB port on my box, it makes that quick 2 tone sound through the speakers, but then nothing happens. So when I manually check under devices, sometimes it tells me the device is working properly and shows up as a USB mass storage device, and sometimes it tell me the drivers could not be found.

In either case, when you look under computer, it NEVER shows up as an accessible hard drive like it should.

The hard drive is spinning for sure, and I know it was working recently, so I doubt that it is broken, its more that the new operating system doesnt like it, plus again, it sometimes does show as a mass storage device that is working properly under devices although its never accessible.

I am wondering if I should try getting a new enclosure.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Hard Drive Enclosure not being seen by 7

Welcome to SevenForums Michael

Try this:

Start Computer Management Disk Management

If the Ext HD shows up, see if you can right click on it & asign it a drive Letter

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I have a SATA drive in an external caddy. Power's up fine, plugged into a working USB slot, and the PC does know its there from the bell that recognizes new hardware...

But, I can't see it anywhere. Not in My Computer, not in Device Manager, or anywhere else I can think of.

Is there something else i'm not connecting to? I didn't think a driver was needed?

This used to be the primary drive for this pc...is that a prob? The problem I had previously was the SATA connectors to my motherboard died, so I installed an IDE drive to the one slot I had...and I thought I could use the SATA drive externally.

Any help or opinions would be appreciated!!!!

A:Not seeing SATA in Enclosure USB Drive

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I have a Dell 8400 with a 160 GB SATA HD. I have bought a SATA drive enclosure and another 160 GB SATA drive. I bought an external SATA connector so that I can connect the enclosure directly to the Mother board. I plan to Ghost an image of my C drive to the new drive. The enclosure has an on-off switch so after Ghosting I plan to shut it off. It will be a backup in case my C drive dies. I know I will probably never need it,I just wanted to do it. Do you forsee any problem?

A:SATA Drive in an Enclosure

No, do not see any problem with your plan.

Have you considered getting a 3rd drive, and then puting the BU on the shelf and taking advantage of the external enclosure to provide additional file storage ONLINE. Drives are cheap!

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I need a good SATA hard drive enclosure with a fan

I'm trying to decide between this Bytecc enclosure:

and this Thermaltake enclosure:

Has anyone had good or bad experiences with these companies and enclosures?

A:Which Hard Drive Enclosure is Better

I'd go with Thermaltake, if only because it is an established brand that produces good-quality items.

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Hi all,
I'm having problems with my usb drive enclosures and I hope someone can help. Whenever I connect either of them to the computer they are recognised by windows (xp pro) and appear in device manager by not in 'my computer' so I can't access them. It's happening with 2 different enclosures so I don't think they are faulty. What should I do?
Thanks in advance.

A:Usb drive enclosure help needed

Try these things

Do the enclosures need to be powered? Even a powered USB hub may not be adequate.

Second, do other USB devices work? Does the device work on other computers? If it doesn't your problem is with your hard drive.

Lastly, did you set the jumpers on the back of the drive correctly?

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What would be the best type and size of hard drive enclosure for my Seagate 40GB
ST340810A? 3.5" or 5.25" ?

A:Hard Drive Enclosure

You'd want a 3.5" enclosure, 5.25" would be for something like a CD\DVD drive. Needs to be IDE internally and probably USB externally.

As for brand, don't get the cheapest one you find but you also don't need anything too expensive either.

Here's a decent one I've used: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817145125

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hi all-i had an external usb drive which started making clicking sounds-now i am looking for new enclosure for that drive.It is wd2500 jb and its physical specifications are 4 in wide,6 in long and 1.5 in high.what specifications do i look in enclosure -thanks

A:drive enclosure for wd2500 jb

If the drive is clicking the problem most likely is not in the enclosure, it's a mechanical problem with the drive. If the drive is still useable you should start backing up the files on that drive you want to keep before it fails completely.

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I have two hard drives installed, C drive is my system drive and F drive is to store digital pictures. I also have a DVD read drive and a CD RW drive. I am going to remove both the CD and DVD drives. I am going to install an optical drive that does both. A Plextor PX 712. I am going to install an enclosure in the open slot and install my F drive in it. Then I will be able to remove the F drive and install a new drive in the enclosure and Ghost an image of my C drive to the new HD. I will then remove the new drive and reinstall the F drive. This way if my existing C drive dies I am ready. I would just like to hear from anyone with enclosues who has done this and could give any info on what problems I may run into. Thank you for the help.

A:Hard Drive in an Enclosure

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Hi i am looking to buy a hard drive enclosure to plug into my linksys storage link that is on my network. Would the one that i am looking at work for me. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1515511&Tab=11&NoMapp=0

A:Hard drive enclosure

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Hi all,

I'm just having a problem with a hard drive enclosure I recently bought. My Dell hard drive recently started causing me a bit of trouble so I bought this enclosure in the hope of diagnosing & backing up the hard drive on another computer.

The hard drive is http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.asp?sku=314041 and was in my Dell Dimension 9150.

The enclosure is actually at the bottom of that page as part of "Accessories for this product" so I presumed they were compatible http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=326875

Having opened up the enclosure it seems to have only an IDE connection on it (http://www.vgmusic.com/faq/gallery/plugs/p-IDE.jpg), while the Dell hard drive is a SATA connection (http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages...H62N_sata2.jpg) . I can't for the life of me figure out how this is an accessory for that hard drive without buying one of these http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/393891/6685853/0/1219205655/IDE_to_SATA_ADAPTER.jpg

Any suggestions on what I'm missing? Have I just bought the wrong enclosure?

Thanks for any help.

Edit: updating dead link

A:Hard drive enclosure help

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Is there such thing as a hard drive enclosure for a SATA 3.5'' drive that does not require an AC adapter as an extra source of power? I am looking for one, but they all seem to need extra power

A:Hard Drive Enclosure

Not recommending, but here is one.


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What hard drive enclosure would i need for this?
Hard drive:
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Will this work?
DYNAMODE USB-HD2.5S-BN 2.5? SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure - Black Deals | PC World

A:Hard drive enclosure

Just realised i put this thread in the wrong topic...

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Now that it seems my hard drive is permanently broken, I was wondering which hard drive to get. Because I am unfamiliar with the specifications, I don't know whether my old one: http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Presti...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1246080234&sr=8-1

is IDE or SATA


A:Which Hard Drive Enclosure

External USB Hard drive enclosures like you show, can either be SATA or IDE, it doesn't matter. All the computer knows is that it is a USB external drive

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i have a 3.5 sata hard drive enclosure, that i'm using it to clean my pc hard drive that crash when i downloaded theSP1 update for windows vista, and i'm trying it on my older pc with windows xp, but no matter what i try does not recognise it any help will be appreciated thanks.

A:hard drive enclosure

what are you trying to do, see what is on the drive or boot to it on the older pc?

You can try going into diskmanagement. If it sees the drive there, you may need to assign a drive letter to it.

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After much persuasion from you guys, and having encountered a real issue/bug with Windows own disk imager I'm giving Macrium Reflect a fair trial.

Quick question hopefully.

I've installed the Macrium 'Add recovery Boot Menu' option so that I can restore under Windows... and everything works OK but I'm surprised to see the recovery screen whenever I do a manual restart and when I boot from cold. Fast boot is enabled by the way.

Question is... is this normal to see this every time as I am doing ? (My fast boot isn't quite as fast with this getting in the way)

It will be tomorrow before I can look in again but if anyone can confirm this is correct and normal then that would be great.

A:Macrium. A quick question on the Macrium recovery splash screen.

Yes it is normal and correct. That's what happens when you select that option to create the boot menu entry. I believe Macrium's Reflect boot.wim file that runs when you select that boot item from the boot menu is contained in the boot\Macrium folder on your hard drive/SSD and that folder is probably hidden.

If you create have a Macrium Relfect rescue USB or DVD and you know the computer will boot from it you don't need that boot menu item because the Rescue USB/DVD will have the exact same boot.wim file on it.

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I've thought of building a NAS recently as in a Home NAS with custom Computer Parts. The problem is that, I don't really have enough room to fit a Full ATX case, ( as I have a spot reserved for a small Nas Box in the corner of a room.) So what I want to do is have a separate enclosure to stack on top of that case, ( so the System takes up space in the Z direction and not the X * Y direction).

I know there are lots of Multi-Bay NAS Boxes out there, Problem is, they're NAS boxes and have more than just basic housing, IE: they include a chip or a board inside that allows it to control the 4 bays to be set for RAID and that raises the price by 90$-350$ from what I've seen.
I do not need that additional add on as I would have already built a nas Box for that purpose, (and do not have money to burn on a function that I would never use)
(Also, my reason for a custom nas built from computer parts is Flexibility and Options)

Also, I've seen some NAS boxes built with a USB 2.0 Out. Does that not bottleneck the transfer speed of their NAS boxes? This is why I would prefer a Enclosure for a USB 3.0 or thunderbolt.

I appologize for the long wording, just wondering if anyone would happen to know of a multi Bay Drive enclosure at around 70$ .Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Multi-Bay Drive enclosure?

If you want multiple drives in this 'unit' then it will have to have a chip of some kind to make all those drives function, ie. RAID or have an individual connection for each drive which would also likely make each drive independent and an individual share. If you don't need RAID then an single drive enclosure would suffice.

Why not just install an internal drive in the PC you wish to use as the NAS instead of making it external? You don't need a full size ATX case for a PC tasked as a NAS. You can generally install several drives in most cases, even using the 5.25" bays with adapters to install 3.5" or 2.5" drives.

A NAS is Network Attached Storage, a box you connect to a PC via USB would not be a NAS but a USB drive enclosure or a DAS; Direct Attached Storage. That whole PC with that box that includes the drives could be considered a NAS.

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(1) My P4 system motherboard recently suffered a melt down.
(2) I'm trying to read one of my SATA HDDs via a laptop and external Welland USB Enclosure.
(3) Unfortunately the HDD is formatted as "Dynamic".
It can be seen but cant be read (I have XP SP2 installed).
(4) I have tried a "Basic" SATA HDD and all is OK.
(5) I have tried to use MyComputer / Manage / DiskManagement
to see the "Dynamic" drive but the only option I get for the HDD is "ConvertToBasic".
This is no good as all data will be lost!!!!

Thanks in advance.

A:Cant Read Dynamic Drive in Ext USB Enclosure

I suggest you install it back in the system and get the data off it that way. I've never tried dynamic drives in an external enclosure, but it appears that it doesn't work.

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Hello forum members,

I am just debating whether I should buy a NAS RAID Enclosure or just a regular RAID Hard Drive Enclosure.

For the NAS, I was looking at the Synology DS412+ ($600) or the DS1513+ ($800) or the Drobo 5N ($500).
For the regular RAID Enclosures, I was looking at the Drobo 5D ($600) or the Mediasonic ProRaid ($190)

Why should I buy a NAS? I need this for backing-up all of my files (movies, music, documents) and photo-editing (Photoshop and Lightroom). Plus I am using this to back up my tens of thousands of images.

A:Should I Buy A NAS or RAID Hard Drive Enclosure?

What is wrong with backing those files to a regular external HDD. For 2TB, that would cost you less than $100.

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We have a dell Inspiron 9300. We didn't back up the hard drive, and because of a problem with the laptop we know we are going to have to restart the computer from factory settings. However, we want to get off some files and pictures from the hard drive first. We were thinking of using an enclosure to do this. Has anyone used one before? How do we know which enclosure will work with our hard drive? Thanks for any help!!

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I am looking between NAS system or External Hard Drive Enclosure
the max i can spend is $550

at this moment i have 5 drives that i cant add to my pc as i am max out

I would love to buy Synology DS1513+ Network Storage for $ 800 USD but i dont have the money for it and i cant find older model of it

My next option was drobo 5n $550 more or less but one problem i read this http://www.macdrifte...nology-nas.html which indcate my hard drives will be not avilable on other systems which is big no no

so then my other options are USB 3.0 and eSATA i have 2 unit in mind both are 8 bay

first one is :
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 ProBox 8 Bay
Mediasonic H82-SU3S2 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA ProBox 8 Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure

Second Option is :
Rosewill RSV-S8 8-Bay

again my system is X64bit and it is AMD

Can someone advise me on which option will be better or if you guys know a unit that will work better that will be great
Thank you

A:NAS VS External Hard Drive Enclosure


I would go with second option. I see more options in that and it is cheaper.

These are few of them.

3.5" Drive Bays
8x Hot-Swappable 3.5", up to 4TB each; 2.5" also supported

Access to 8 Hard Drives while using two cables via Port Multiplier function.

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I recently purchased a new HP computer loaded with Windows 7. This replaced a previous computer that was loaded with Windows XP Home. I want to be able to access the documents and pictures that are on the old hard drive, so I purchased the UHB-330U hard drive enclosure. When I put the previous hard drive into the enclosure and plugged it in, Windows 7 tried to install in automatically, but the installation was not successful.

I understand that I'm supposed to format the hard drive before I can use it, but if I do, all the information will be erased. I do not want this to happen. When I go to My Computer, the hard drive is visible, but when I click on it, all that comes up is Recovery. When I click on that, I get a message from HP to not delete or alter any of these files.

Is there any way, that you know of, that I can access my documents and pictures?

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I do random computer work on and off for friends, half as a hobby and half for some pay (if I can convince people to pay me).
I have an external 3.5" HDD enclosure shell that I use when I'm troubleshooting drives, and it normally works like a charm. Anyway, friend had an issue, can't start up windows (just hangs on xp logo forever), so I offer to help out, use my trusty pocket usb key of every os recovery and see what's going on. Startup repair doesn't work, no errors detected with disk, yadda yadda, I pull up cmd and I'm able to view her files so I know data is there and OK.

So I take the drive out of her box and back to my house to back up before I do anything crazy, but my HDD enclosure doesn't want to play nice, and I have no drive detected. I can put any other drive in there (I have a couple of Caviar Greens, a Patriot somethingorother) and they all work fine. This particular drive is a Seagate Barracuda 1TB, if that matters.

To be a bit more detailed, what happens is when I put a 'good' drive in the sata slot on my enclosure and fire it up, it immediately spins up and the blue indicator light (on the enclosure board) blinks rapidly at varying frequency and brightness (as it should under normal conditions) and the drive mounts as normal. When I put the 'bad' Seagate in, nothing spins up, no sound at all, and the blue light blinks statically at about 1 blink per second and the drive does not mount, and is not detec... Read more

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A:External Enclosure $ Hard Drive.

Basicaly , just connect the USB cable from the external hdd to the USB port on the laptop, power up the hdd external drive and window will say " found new hardware" and either in My Computer or in Windows Explorer will see the new drive. Before you'll start using the external hdd as a backup or whatever, right click on the hdd and choose FORMAT option then format the drive. Be aware that if you want to use the external hdd as a "one big chunk ( as in 200 gigs) will need to format it as NTFS. If you need FAT32 will need to partition the drive.

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I've already ruined one by trying to fit a HD 5.75" long into the sardine can size enclosure. Is there a special size hard drive made for these exasperatingly cheaply, and HOT devices?
Richard Baldwin

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I am sure many of you know about the possibility of booting up Windows XP in an external hard drive and I do agree that it sounds iffy, but I am currently trying it out. Right now I have a copy of Windows XP that is modified for use with an external hard drive and I have used this to install a copy of XP on an external hard drive which is really just a regular SATA drive inside an enclosure. I tried installing XP onto the external through my older computer with these specs:

AMD 64 3000+ 2.0 Ghz
Asus K8V SE Deluxe
It did not work on there. The XP install just gives me a message about how it can't access the drive, but then I tried the install again on my laptop running Windows Vista, and these are the specs for the laptop:

Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.5 Ghz
Not sure about the motherboard at this time
It seems to install fine and boot up fine on this computer through the external USB. I know that the older computer can boot from a USB since I previously installed Ubuntu and booted that off the USB with no problems. However, when I try plugging in this external back on the older PC, I get the very common 7B stop error and then the computer restarts. What my question is how will I be able to get Windows XP on this external drive so I can use my older PC with no internal drive?

EDIT: Maybe it is because my laptop has an internal drive along with it? I don't think that has to do anything though. Anyway, that is just another thing that might help so I am g... Read more

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My approximately 10 year old Windows XP Dell Dimension 8200 desktop has stopped functioning. Nothing happens when the power button is pressed. I think the hard drive might still be okay. I would like to get files off of the hard drive. Could I take the hard drive out of the computer, put it into an external enclosure, and then access the files like any typical external hard drive, or would I need some sort of special software to access the files since the hard drive had an operating system on it?

I basically want to take the drive out of the computer, put it into an external enclosure, connect the enclosure to a Windows 7 computer, and then use windows explorer to access the files like any typical external hard drive.

A:Put Desktop Drive into External Enclosure

Yes,you should be able to access your data using it
as an external drive.
Do a web search on taking ownership of the drive or files.
You will have to take ownership of any files that are part
of your user profile or they will be locked.
You can't recover your programs that way though,just files.

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I recently purchased an internal DVD-RW drive and was going to use it as an external drive using a drive enclosure. My question is is it possible to connect an external drive enclosure to a router and use it as a networked drive for all the computers on my network? The computers are networked wirelessly and I was thinking about wireing the drive to the router.

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No, not without all the hardware of a network drive unit.

There is no innate ability for a USB or IDE drive to connect to a network.

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