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HDD enclosures

Postby Nobber » Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:21 am

I'd like to get one of those HDD enclosure thingies that effectively turn an internal hard disk drive into an external drive that you can connect via USB.

Anyone got any recommendations, or words of warning about compatibility with Linux?

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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Rhakios » Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:37 pm

I have a couple of USB2 Mobile Disk HD-337-U2 enclosures which I have had for several years now. I have switched different HDs into them at different times and they work fine with Linux and OS X. I don't know who sells them now though.
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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby towy71 » Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:18 am

Maplins and PCworld both sell usb drive caddies and they should work out of the box with 2.6 kernels
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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Erin » Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:37 am

Surely a HDD enclosure doesn't need to 'work' with *nix. The USB interfaces is a standard so if USB works, these enclosures will.

Avoid LaCie. If you read their manuals they actively encourage people to avoid Unix filesystems in OS X and go for HFS+ instead. A very anti-*nix compnay it seems. I wrote a polite message to complain and stated my money was going elsewhere because of their lack of support.

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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Ricey » Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:42 am

I just picked up a u/i enclosure from a computer fair for £6 and works wonderfully with my spare 40Gb 2.5" drive.

If you want the company details just let me know!

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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Nobber » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:50 pm

So do these HDD enclosures work with the usb-storage module that's used for USB pen drives (for example), or will I need to enable something else in my kernel?
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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Rhakios » Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:31 am

That's how mine work.
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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Ricey » Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:43 am

yup, mine too :) usb-storage - USB2 nice and zippy!
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RE: HDD enclosures

Postby Nobber » Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:10 pm

Ah, a lovely 120GB external hard drive is mine!

I'll have to get to know how to use udev now, though. Can't have this external HDD and my USB pen drive sharing /dev/sda1 in /etc/fstab. Off to find the nearest HOWTO...
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