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Looking for advice on External Drive cases

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by BBD, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. BBD

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    I want to mount my Pioneer 106 DVD writer in an external drive case. Looking at previous posts the Belkin case supplied by ebuyer and http://www.rlsupplies.co.uk/item2573.htm
    seems to be the most popular. Reading the reviews on ebuyer most comments are positive apart from 2 concerns:
    1) The fan is noisy, one reviewer has actually disconnected it.
    2) One reviewer found that his drive was too long to fit properly.

    Has anybody had any experiences with this drive case or can anybody suggest a good alternative. I want to use it with my HTPC so quiet operation is essential and ideally look the part.

    Thanks
     
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    I bought this exact same thing and connected my old 80gb hard drive to it to use for backups. It is noisy (noisier at least than my off the shelf sony vaio desktop) and usually I keep it switched off. I only switch it on, in fact, when I'm backing up stuff.

    I suppose you could try disconnecting the fan but I don't know whether your IDE drive would subsequently overheat.
     
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    Kustom PCs do an external double case if you are still looking
    Double external case
    They also have a forum, so it may be possible to find someone who has one of these
     
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    One this subject (as I was looking at this myself), how do these things work.

    If the DVD was internal, I would just plug it in and XP would just install it with nothing more to do.

    As it's connected via USB, are there additional drivers to install for the USB bit first or is it still just plug any play (I am thinking about moving it between PCs).
     
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    I'm not sure about that as I've only done it with hard drives.
     
  6. BBD

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    JohnG - Thanks for the suggestion but I'm not too keen on the clear acrylic look.

    Netwworkguy - I've just read the manual on the Belkin site and it looks like no drivers are required for XP.

    I also noticed that the RLSupplies unit is manufactured by RL Supplies and not Belkin as I first suggested although they look very similar?
     
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    I'm currently running a Seagate Barracuda 160GB HDD on a USB2 to IDE adapter. It runs very quickly, and it's cheap. Cost you the price of a drive of your choice and £35 for the adapter.

    Can recommend it.
    :smashin:
     
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    ReTr0,

    Where can one purchase these "adapters" and what are they called?

    Thanks
    Sheks
     
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    They are called 'USB2 to IDE' adapters. Esentially a little USB cable with a box with electronic gubbins in that has an IDE plug on the other side.

    I bought mine from Ebuyer.
    Maplin also do them.
     

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