1. buddy007's Avatar
    So I want to purchase a new 1TB external hard disk for my laptop. So I have seen the general choices in the market from Seagate, WD, Toshiba, Lenovo,.... but I have seen another type of hard disk, the kind which are used as internal hard disks for PCs. They come naked and I have to attach an adapter to use them with my USB port. So the question is, the regular laptops have USB 3.0 pins and I happily buy one of those or I could buy one of the naked hard drives, which have the specs like 7200RPM spindle speed and 6Gb/s SATA interface. The naked ones come cheaper than the enclosed regular ones.(I am posting the links for general reference of specs)

    Naked HDD- http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B006BRBSE8/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

    Enclosed HDD- http://www.amazon.in/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-Drive/dp/B00GASLJK6?tag=socadsin2-21&ascsubtag=pfb-OTH-44571-4-1440591099439gI&ref_=pfb_OTH_44571_4_1440591099439gI

    So what do you guys think?
    09-19-2015 08:25 AM
  2. rhapdog's Avatar
    One of the "bare bones" or "naked" HDDs will need to have the appropriate adapters, and by the time you get the appropriate adapter, you may be reaching the cost of the already assembled unit, or even spending a lot more. You'll need a case to protect it from the environment, and the case will need a cooling system, because those larger HDDs generally put out more heat than the ones designed for "portable." Often they are noisier and use more electricity to run and will need an external power adapter.

    Most of the portable USB 3.0 HDDs on the market will get their power from the USB 3.0 bus, and you won't need the extra power cable.

    As someone who has done things both ways with HDDs many times over the years, I recommend just getting the one already made for portable, as it will save a lot of headaches later on.

    As far as which brand to get, I'd balance the "warranty offered" with the price of the product. I've learned through a bit of research (I've bought a lot of these items over the years) and through experience that they all have about the same failure rate and about the same longevity.

    One may offer a longer warranty in an effort to convince users theirs will last longer. If it can be had for the same price, go for that one. That way if something happens down the road, it can be replaced a bit easier.
    buddy007 likes this.
    09-19-2015 09:28 AM
  3. buddy007's Avatar
    One of the "bare bones" or "naked" HDDs will need to have the appropriate adapters, and by the time you get the appropriate adapter, you may be reaching the cost of the already assembled unit, or even spending a lot more. You'll need a case to protect it from the environment, and the case will need a cooling system, because those larger HDDs generally put out more heat than the ones designed for "portable." Often they are noisier and use more electricity to run and will need an external power adapter.

    Most of the portable USB 3.0 HDDs on the market will get their power from the USB 3.0 bus, and you won't need the extra power cable.

    As someone who has done things both ways with HDDs many times over the years, I recommend just getting the one already made for portable, as it will save a lot of headaches later on.

    As far as which brand to get, I'd balance the "warranty offered" with the price of the product. I've learned through a bit of research (I've bought a lot of these items over the years) and through experience that they all have about the same failure rate and about the same longevity.

    One may offer a longer warranty in an effort to convince users theirs will last longer. If it can be had for the same price, go for that one. That way if something happens down the road, it can be replaced a bit easier.
    thanks for your input, I guess I would go for a regular HDD which ever has the best deal.
    Also if you can help me out, I had an old dell laptop, which died due to motherboard issues and I removed its internal HDD hoping to connect to an adapter and casing and use is as an external one, but for some reason that hard drive's drivers were detected only on another dell laptop of same model but not on my Lenovo. I thought external drives generally come with the drivers on their own. I tried searching for that model's driver and found it only on a dell website. Is there any way I can make it work on my Lenovo?
    09-19-2015 11:48 AM
  4. rhapdog's Avatar
    Sorry, that's something I'm afraid I'm not an expert on. I'll admit when I don't know something, and that "something" is it.

    Perhaps someone else can offer some insight?
    buddy007 likes this.
    09-19-2015 12:34 PM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    This thread has been moved to an appropriate forum...

    As per this advice: http://forums.windowscentral.com/ask...ion-forum.html WC members are free to post in all areas of the board. Please use Ask a Question only for time critical help issues that affect the immediate functionality of your device.
    09-19-2015 07:53 PM
  6. buddy007's Avatar
    Sorry, that's something I'm afraid I'm not an expert on. I'll admit when I don't know something, and that "something" is it.

    Perhaps someone else can offer some insight?
    okay, thanks again
    09-20-2015 02:06 AM

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