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I took another route for my externals, I bought an enclosure and then a HD. It's a lot cheaper and you have a wider choice of capacities for your needs.

I looked in particular for enclosures that are well ventilated or had a built in fan.
 

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JohnWill said:
Newegg's External Case Search will point you to a host of external cases, then you can just shop for a bargain on a hard disk. How about a WD 200gig for $89.99 after rebate?
That's a good deal, but per Gigabyte, this one beats it--160 Gig for $49.99 after rebate! ;)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1422521

I like the external case idea. Hell, i could buy two 160 Gigs and an external case for the price of the external drive! :)
 

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winbob said:
I took another route for my externals, I bought an enclosure and then a HD. It's a lot cheaper and you have a wider choice of capacities for your needs.

I looked in particular for enclosures that are well ventilated or had a built in fan.
Yes, but I don't really need the ventilation because I am going to use the second drive simply as a backup drive that I backup all my videos and then store it off site--not running. So it will only run about once every 6 months (when I make another backup).
 

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JohnWill said:
Newegg's External Case Search will point you to a host of external cases, then you can just shop for a bargain on a hard disk. How about a WD 200gig for $89.99 after rebate?
Any recommendations on externals? I guess I should get the cheapest one since I am only using for off-site backup of video files. ;)

BTW--those enclosures are also cheaper on Tiger Direct.
 

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After checking out Tom's Hardware, it got me thinking about speed. The main purpose of this drive is going to be to backup between 100 to 200 Gigs of media files. I'm only doing it one every six months or so, so speed is not that big of a deal, but obviously, if the price is the same or not significantly higher, a higher data transfer would be nice. I have some extra PCI slots, so adding a couple more IDE cables is not a problem. I also have Firewire ports and USB 2.0 ports.

Ideas?
 

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Mulder, while the cases may appear cheaper on Tiger, check after you add their inflated shipping to the price. :D
 

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Mulder, while the cases may appear cheaper on Tiger, check after you add their inflated shipping to the price. :D
I guess its basic math--add the shipping and price and see which total is less! :D
 
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