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SIIG, Inc newegg SIIG JU-SA0F12-S1 3.5" Aluminum Silver USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE External Enclosure
  (2)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 8.27" (W) x 2" (H) x 5.12" (D)
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: JU-SA0F12-S1
  • Item #: 9B-17-270-038
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Addonics Technologies newegg Addonics SU3CS Drive Enclosure - External

SIIG, Inc newegg SIIG JU-SA0H11-S1 2.5" Dark Silver/Black IDE / SATA USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (7)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • Material: Aluminum / Plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.12" (W) x 3.15" (H) x 0.80" (D)
  • Specifications: Interface: SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 10-Pin, Micro B, Female Works with 2.5" IDE or SATA hard disk drives Supports multiple 2.5" hard disk form factors(7mm, 9mm and 12.5mm) Supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transfer rate up to 5Gb/s Supports Serial ATA bus bandwidth up to 6Gb/s Compliant with Universal Serial Bus 3.0 Specification Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 2.6 Supports USB Mass Storage Class Bulk-Only Transport USB 3.0 Y-split cable: 9-Pin, Type A, USB 3.0, Male 10-pin, Micro B, Male 4-pin, Type A, USB 2.0, Male (to supply power only) Length: 27 inches Certifications/Standards: FCC, CE, RoHS Requirements: Desktop or notebook PC with an available USB 2.0/3.0 port (USB 3.0 recommended) Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) / Vista (32...
  • Model #: JU-SA0H11-S1
  • Item #: 9B-17-270-043
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ARCTIC COOLING newegg ARCTIC 2.5" HDD Enclosure Portable External Storage, Supports USB 3.0, Stainless Steel - Silver
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 4TB
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 0.4" x 2.91" x 4.92"
  • Fan: No
  • Model #: PCACO-E250101-GB
  • Item #: 9B-17-689-001
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SIIG, Inc newegg SIIG JU-SA0L11-S1 2.5" Black USB 3.0 HDD/SSD Mini Docking
  (2)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 3TB
  • Dimensions: 3.35" (W) x 1.69" (H) x 2.4" (D)
  • Specifications: Quickly adds more storage space to your USB-enabled PC (USB 3.0 recommended) Simple tool-less design with no driver installation required. Compact and low power consumption with no power adapter needed. Works with 2.5" 9.5mm & 12.5mm SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) Supports 3TB hard disk capacity Compliant with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 specification Compliant with Serial ATA Specification Requirements: Desktop or notebook PC with an available USB 2.0/3.0 port (USB 3.0 recommended) Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) / Vista (32-/64-bit) / XP (32-/64-bit) / Server 2003 & 2008 (32-/64-bit)
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 3TB
  • Features: Simple tool-less installation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 5Gb/s data rate Low powe...
  • Model #: JU-SA0L11-S1
  • Item #: 9B-17-270-045
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SuperMicro newegg SuperMicro MCP-220-00075-0B
  • Model #: 672042055166
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9007

Hewlett-Packard newegg HP Drive Enclosure - External
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:7.8" x Width:8.1" x Depth:15.6"
  • Weight: 2.76 lb
  • Model #: C8S07A#ABA
  • Item #: 9B-17-292-126
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • Now: $130.99
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INSTEN newegg Insten 1042684 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
  (1)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum Magnesium alloy...
  • Material: Aluminum Magnesium alloy
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Features: Converts your 2.5 inch Hard Drive Disc into an External hard drive for more flexibility and convenience with this SATA HDD Enclosure. Fits all the 2.5 inch SATA hard drive disk. Easy Portability and installation. Supports Plug & play and Hot-swapping. The transmission interface conforms to the standard specifications of USB 2.0 / SATA, and is compatible with the USB 1.1 interface. Special shock absorber device which enhances the protective effects. Plug and Play. Made strong with Aluminum Magnesium alloy Material.
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista , Mac OS 8.6 or up
  • Model #: 1042684
  • Item #: 9B-17-706-007
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Tripp Lite newegg Tripp Lite Quick Dock U339-000 Drive Dock - External - Black
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:5.1" x Width:3.5" x Depth:2.7"
  • Weight: 1.24 lb
  • Package Contents: USB3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Quick Dock USB 3.0 Device Cable Universal AC Adapter Owners Manual
  • Model #: U339-000
  • Item #: 9B-17-404-143

Kingwin Inc. newegg KINGWIN KH-201U3-BK 2.5" Black USB 3.0 External Enclosure
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  •  2.5"
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Up to 1TB

Mediasonic newegg Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Pro Box 4 Bay Enclosure
  (82)
  •  3.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 3TB
  • AC Adapter: Yes
  • Dimensions: 8.46" x 4.96" x 6.54"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Specifications: Note: Motherboard's SATA port MUST support Port Multiplier in order for your computer to recognize multiple hard drive if the unit is connectd via eSATA. Bridge Chipset: JMicron JMB321 Supporting OS: Windows 2000 / XP / VISTA / Windows 7 Mac OS 10.3 or later Safety Specification: CE / FCC / Rohs
  • Model #: HF2-SU2S2
  • Item #: 9B-17-576-001
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Sabrent newegg SABRENT EC-BSAT Black USB 2.0 CD/DVD-RW Slim Notebook Drive Enclosure
  (4)
  •  USB 2.0
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 5.2" x 0.8" x 5.5"
  • Specifications: It can work with virtually all laptop CD DVD drives. This external enclosure is using USB 2.0 and is backward compatible with USB 1.1. Most Pentium II, Pentium III and early Pentium IV laptops and computers have USB 1.1. It can be powered by USB 2.0. Some USB 1.1 ports. Supported Drivers: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM, it is a good idea to use your laptop slim drive for a Portable rom. USB2.0 Enclosure only -- DVD Burner is not included
  • Features: Portable design, using USB 2.0 connection to ensure the best performance Plug & Play with emergency manual eject.
  • Model #: EC-BSAT
  • Item #: 9B-17-366-022
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

Silverstone newegg SilverStone MS05S 2.5" Silver USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (7)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB 2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 1TB (9.5mm thickne...
  • AC Adapter: No
  • Dimensions: 2.5" Storage: 3.30" (W) x 0.78" (H) x 6.29" (D) 3.5" Docking Bay: 3.97" (W) x 1.06" (H) x 5.86" (D)
  • Internal Interface: SATA
  • Specifications: Enclosure material: 2.5" Storage: Aluminum body with plastic grip 3.5" Docking Bay: SECC chassis Chipset: JM20316
  • Model #: MS05S
  • Item #: 9B-17-256-031
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • Was: $48.99
  • $38.65 $40.99
  • $40.99
  • $40.50
  • $39.55
  • $38.65
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STARTECH newegg StarTech SAT2510BU2E 2.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
  (3)
  •  2.5"
  •  USB2.0 & eSATA
  •  Up to 500GB
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 5.24 "x 0.51" x2.83"
  • Specifications: Drive Type: Supports 2.5" SATA & SATA II hard drives (9.5mm height only) Chipset: JMicron JM20316 Max. HD Capacity: 500 GB OS Compatibility: Windows 2000/ XP(32/64bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit)/ Server 2008 R2, Linux, and Mac OS X and up
  • Maximum Capacity (per Bay): Up to 500GB
  • Model #: SAT2510BU2E
  • Item #: 9B-17-707-189
  • Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy

ICY DOCK newegg ICY DOCK MB876SK-B
  • Model #: 711132868047
  • Item #: 9SIV00Y1PJ9059

Airlink101 AEN-U3530 USB 3.0 3.5 inch SATA Enclosure Box Black

Manhattan Quick Dock Drive Dock - External
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: Height:3.6" x Width:3.7" x Depth:5.1"
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • Weight: 7.58 oz
  • Package Contents: QuickDock Duo SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to Dual SATA, 3.5"/2.5" HDD Power Adapter USB Cable Software CD Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: 130363
  • Item #: 9B-17-474-025
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • Was: $42.99
  • Now: $39.99
  • Free Shipping

Kingwin Inc. newegg KINGWIN KM-U3MSATA Black mSATA USB 3.0 SSD Enclosure Adapter
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Aluminum
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 2 7/8" (L) x 1 5/8" (W) x 1/2" (H)
  • Features: Plug-and-Play Hot Swap Compatible Compatible with SATA Version I/II/III
  • Weight: 0.11lb
  • Model #: KM-U3MSATA
  • Item #: 9B-17-121-099

Introduction

External hard drives are useful for a variety of purposes, why not create your own with a hard drive enclosure? By using an enclosure, you will have the ability to use an internal hard drive or solid state drive of your choice. Alternatively, if you have multiple internal hard drives that you want to use externally, consider a hard drive dock. If the customizability of a hard drive enclosure or dock appeals to you, NeweggBusiness offers some considerations that will help you select the ideal solution.

Special Features

In this section, NeweggBusiness will outline some special features that you will find in some hard drive docks and enclosures.

Hot Swapping

The ability to hot swap a hard drive means that you can remove and replace the drive without the need to restart the computer. To the operating system, the enclosure or dock will still show as being connected even if the hard drive has been removed. It is a feature that makes backing up data to multiple hard drives a more time-efficient process.

Cloning/Duplication

Cloning or duplicating a hard drive means mirroring all the contents to an image file or another hard drive. It is more comprehensive than copying and pasting files, as cloning captures all data on the drive and not just visible files. With some dual-bay docks, cloning can be as simple as inserting two hard drives and pressing a button to begin the process.

Redundant Array of Independent Disks/Drives (RAID)

A RAID array is a method of setting up multiple hard drives so that they appear and function as a single volume. A RAID setup can be used to improve read/write performance and decrease the likelihood of total data loss, depending on how it is configured.

In a striped configuration, data is split evenly across multiple drives. Each drive would read and write different portions of data at the same time. For example, if a 10 MB file were to be written to a RAID array with two drives, both drives would simultaneously write 5 MB.

Alternatively, a RAID array can also be set up to mirror data across multiple hard drives. This will also result in improved read performance because each hard drive can read different portions of a file at the same time. However, write performance does not improve.

Just a Bunch of Disks/Drives (JBOD)

Similar to a RAID setup, a JBOD array consists of multiple hard drives. But with JBOD, you can choose to have the drives appear as distinct volumes or one volume.

However, when the drives are set up to appear as one to the operating system, data is not striped or mirrored like how it is in a RAID array. Instead, the JBOD writes data to a drive until it is at capacity and then continues on another drive.

Enclosure or Dock

Below, NeweggBusiness details the differences between external hard drive enclosures and docks.

Enclosure

Hard Drive EnclosureAn enclosure is a case that houses an internal hard drive to protect it and adapt the internal connectors for external use. Similar to external hard drives, enclosures come in a variety of sizes and form factors.

Some smaller cases for instance, can convert laptop hard drives into portable solutions. On the other end of the spectrum, there large enclosures that can accommodate multiple hard drives and manage them in RAID and JBOD configurations.

Dock

Hard Drive DockCompared to an enclosure, a hard drive dock fulfills a slightly different role. A dock is ideal if you have multiple hard drives and frequently switch between them. For that reason, many docks support hot swapping. Some dual-bay hard drive docks also have duplication functionality built-in.


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