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In computer terms an enclosure is a case which contains something. Examples external HDD enclosures.

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MacBook Air (2012) Toshiba SSD enclosure / connector

Recently, my A1466 MacBook Air (2012) suffered some water damage. Since then, it can’t boot up anymore. I pulled the hard drive with the hope of transferring the files to either an external hard drive ...
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Could a low quality SSD enclosure prevent the TRIM functionality on my SSD?

I'm about to purchase an external SSD enclosure (case) for my Samsung 860 QVO. Some case manufacturers mention "supports TRIM" in the description, some don't. Reading online, I only could ...
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Unable to access data from pulled NVMe PCIe drives using SIIG adapter

I purchased a SIIG JU-SA0W11-S1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C to M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD enclosure to recover data from failed laptops after pulling the NVMe drive. The enclosure is compatible with PCIe 3.1a and ...
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If I remove SSD from laptop and put it in external enclosure, can I boot same laptop from it and access files?

My laptop (Thinkpad P51s) is no longer seeing its NMVe SSD (apparently some connector issue). I'm planning to use an external enclosure to retrieve my data, but I'm wondering whether it's possible to ...
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How many AMPs can a powered USB hub output to a 3.3V NVMe drive (USB 3.0 & 3.2 Type A)

It is my understanding that powered USB Type A 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 switches have over current control and will only output 4.5 watts around 0.900ma unless the output port is a type-c non pd port on the ...
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Speed difference of CrystalDiskMark drive performance test for USB enclosure vs motherboard SATA connection - Normal or an issue?

I purchased a USB 3 SATA 2.5" drive enclosure, inserted a platter-based hard drive, and connected the enclosure to a USB 3.x port (if it's important, I can determine x). Using CrystalDiskMark v8, ...
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Installing PCIe SSD on an enclosure for NVME Thunderbolt 3

I have OWC Aura X2 PCIe 1TB SSD, and I’m trying to purchase a right enclosure. I see most enclosures are for either NVME and SATA. I read some articles that PCIe and NVME share the same lanes, but ...
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How can I fix an SSD that causes a POST failure but works in an enclosure?

My OS boot drive appears to have failed today: after the computer resumed from sleep (for reference, Windows 11 on an Intel NUC), the system reports unsuccessful POST attempts, and will not boot. In ...
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Can't open contents of internal laptop HDD via enclosure and I tried to format it using Tails OS but failed

I bought a new hard disk enclosure today for my internal drive. I connected it to my laptop using the connection, and everything was working fine. I was able to access all the files stored in it, but ...
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Can modern PC's boot installation disc from internal SATA Blu Ray/DVD drive through sata-to-usb enclosure?

Does booting operating system installation discs from Blu ray sata drive through SATA-to-USB enclosure work?
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Will my SSD need to be formatted at any point?

I'm going to buy a laptop soon and it comes with a 512 GB SSD PCIe in it's main slot and an empty secondary PCIe slot that can go upto 1 TB. Hence, I will also be purchasing a 1 TB SSD PCIe. I wish to ...
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What is the difference between an external hard drive and convert an internal one using an enclousure?

I would like to know what is the difference between an external hard drive and convert a internal one using an enclosure caddy case? I talk about 2.5" format only. Which is the best option? there ...
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UASP not working on Yottamaster 4 Bay USB3.0 enclosure

My development server is running out of disk space so I've bought a Yottamaster 4-bay USB 3 enclosure. I've got 4 x 2TB SATA-3 3.5" drives that I want to use first but also squeeze as much ...
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Do I need to format my HDD if put in an external enclosure?

My laptop died, and it contained an HDD I later extracted from it. I'm 95% sure the HDD is okay, and since I have valuable data on it, I want to buy an external enclosure and connect it to a new ...
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Can I put a Blu-Ray burner in a USB DVD enclosure?

The 5.25" DVD burner in my old USB enclosure is going out, and I'm wondering if it would work to put a Blu-Ray burner in it, or if I should stick with a replacement DVD burner. Is there any ...
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Can I power my 3,5 HDD Enclosure with laptop power supply? [closed]

As stated in the title, I've got myself a nice little 3,5" HDD enclosure like this, but as of late I've lost power supply that was shipped along with it. Can I use my 16V 3,5A laptop power supply (...
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Can I connect 12V power input of 4 hard drives and power them from one DC adapter/brick?

I want to build my own hard drive enclose and I was wondering if I can power 4 hard drives using a setup like below. There are cheap SATA to USB adapters like the ones you see below that have 12V ...
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Trying to run Windows 10 OS on Nvme but can't last long before the drive freezes up

I have successfully installed windows 10 64-bit on a Smasung 970 Pro Nvme SSD inside a MyDigitalSSD Nvme enclosure. I am hooked up to a surface book 2. l and am running the OS in the SSD. I've run ...
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What are the possible repurcussions of unplugging an eGPU without ‘ejecting’ it?

So, at least on macOS, your computer may complain when you simply unplug a Thunderbolt / PCIe GPU: I've basically been ignoring this, so far — when my computer is asleep, it takes a substantial time ...
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Is it possible to boot from an SSD enclosure if I have Windows To Go

Can I boot up from an SSD enclosure using Windows 10 Enterprise (which has Windows To Go) on my laptop? I am planning on using this enclosure for the Samsung 850 EVO SSD.
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Move SSD from internal mSata to external USB enclosure: keep OP settings?

For some reason I am moving an internal Samsung 850 EVO SSD from the internal laptop m.2 port to an external USB 3.1 enclosure. It's not a system drive, just a data disk. Samsung Magician will no ...
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Can my power cord w/ transformer or the 3.5 inch enclosure harm my 2,5 inch hard disk drive (HDD)?

I got two enclosures suitable for both 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch HDDs. It says on the outside they need 12 Volts and 2 ampere (2000 mA) which, imho, is the same thing. Their power cords+transformator ...
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Internal 2.5" HDD of old laptop connected via external USB SATA enclosure but no letter assigned, no way to access it

I open disk management in windows 7 and it is listed as a basic drive online with 75GB RAW (It is actually FAT), 243MB Active Primary partition and the bulk in a separate partition. If I right click ...
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Externally attached ZFS pool hangs up, no sign of errors on drives

I have an array of 5 1TB WD Red drives in an external enclosure on a SATA multiplexer. This is being fed into a desktop machine with a SATA multiplexer controller. After about a year of service (this ...
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Should i connect HDD enclosure to eSATAp or to ExpressCard USB3? [closed]

I have this SATA-to-USB3 external 2.5" HDD enclosure, connected to a USB2 port, because my laptop doesn't have any USB3 ports. But it has: a free eSATAp port (power over sata on an eSata+usb2 combo ...
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Why is WD Red rated for max 8 drive enclosures?

I was looking through Western Digital drives, and noticed their WD Red Spec Sheet says WD Red is designed specifically for NAS systems that have 1 to 8 drive bays WD Gold has no such mention. ...
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Does all eSATA enclosures use their own Controller Card?

I regularly have to test multiple hard drives on a daily basis using the manufacturers provided tools. Often I come across older drives that do not work so well with USB3 docking stations, sometimes ...
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Is it necessary to house or enclose magnetic hard drives when they are running?

I'm building a DIY NAS, and I'm looking for a solution to physically arrange the hard drives together. I've seen products like this, and I'm wondering if they are actually suitable for long term ...
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How can I know if my Crucial 2.5 SSD can be powered with one usb

I have this Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5'' 7mm SSD that I want to use as a external drive with an enclosure. I bought a Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-free External Hard Drive Enclosure but when I ...
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Advanced Format HDDs, USB enclosures and Windows / Linux compatibility

The environment I just bought a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000LM048 HDD. It's an Advanced Format drive, with 4096-byte sectors. I planned using it with my cheap-but-trusted (and I do mean cheap, it'...
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Can I use a larger hard drive with a product like docking station if it says it "supports hard drives up to 3TB"?

In the description of a hard drive docking station it says that "it supports hard drives up to 3TB". It supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs. If it supports drives "up to 3TB", does it mean that a 4 or ...
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Code 12 on a graphics card in a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU-enclosure

So, I'm trying to do the eGPU thing. I'm running Windows 10 (freshly installed, literally 15 minutes ago, no changes whatsoever) on a 2016 MacBook Pro (15", the one with two full PCIe busses over four ...
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What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure?

What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc (and HOW do I do that?) or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure? (and I've got some idea how to that, but I don't know ...
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Is it safe to use a bare drive in a 2.5" metal enclosure?

I just recently replaced my Seagate Momentus 7200.4 with a Samsung Pro 512GB SSD. I wanted to continue using the Seagate Momentus (as a way to access old files should I need to), so I bought a Sabrent ...
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How do I check whether the enclosure failed or the hard drive failed?

I have a spare 500 GB 3.5" internal SATA HDD which I decided to be used as an external HDD. Recently, I bought an 3.5" enclosure (3.5 inch Cavalry EN-CAXM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure) for this. I am ...
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Why are some hard disk enclosures limited in hard drive capacity?

Why are these hard drive enclosures advertised as having 160 GB maximum capacity? http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MRBMPA USB 2.0 interface (Compatible with USB 1.1), Up to 480 Mbps data transfer ...
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HDD in external case SATA/USB3.0: stop automatic disk switch off

I recently bought a sharkoon swift case pro USB3.0, external 3.5" HDD case/enclosure. The problem(s) is: When I reboot windows (doesnt matter which version it seems, tried both xp/7), the case shuts ...
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Multi-channel SATA RAID card to RAID 4 Bay Enclosure

I have a Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure. The box only has one eSATA port and one USB 3.0 port on the back. According to the manual of this storage box I need to get a ...
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Cloning and replacing a HD. The full story

I have an XP machine with 1 drive partitioned as: C, D, E, F and want to make an exact copy of it. Run some HD cloning software and clone the original drive. Physically remove/replace the HD in the ...
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What connectors do USB 3.0 devices use?

This USB 3.0 HDD case has something that looks like a USB A receptacle requiring an A-A cable, something quite unusual. The only alternative that Amazon.de is offering, has the 10-pin USB 3.0 Mini-B ...
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Why don't people use unpowered, external HDD enclosures with SATA/power from their mobo? [closed]

I have a PC that has room in its case for 3 HDDs, but 6 SATA connectors to the motherboard, and I have 6 HDDs. I am using these HDDs in a dynamics fashion (software raid, that sort of thing), but I ...
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Zalman drive enclosure does not start up (example case ZM-VE400)

Your Zalman ZM-VE400 (or potentially other similar drive enclosure?) from the manufacturer shows the model name when plugged in but never arrives in the menu despite pressing buttons on the keypad. ...
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Worth getting USB 3.0 enclosure for old HDD?

I have a WD 500GB MyPassport which is a couple of years old (2009-2010). Will I be able to see a noticeable speed difference if I remove the HDD and use it with a USB 3.0 caddy instead?
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Can I attach a Zip Drive to a Hard Disk Enclosure?

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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eSATA enclosure powers down SATA HDD after 5 minutes

I bought a new Delock 3.5″ External Enclosure SATA HDD to USB 2.0 / eSATA for some backup SATA HDD drives that I keep around and everything works just fine, except that if I leave the drive to idle ...
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Do you need special permissions to access an old internal HDD from another computer?

I was trying to copy files from a friend's damaged laptop. The hard drive still works, so I simply put the hard drive into a 2.5mm enclosure and connected it to my laptop via USB. The drivers ...
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are dual 2.5" hdd enclosures without external power possible / even exist?

I am looking for a HDD enclosure which can make two 2.5" drives available from a single USB port, while not using any external power adapter, i.e. powered entirely from USB port. I failed to find any ...
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What is this external hard drive enclosure cable?

I recently found an old external hard drive enclosure that has no branding or serial numbers to look up. The only cable aside from the power cable attached to it is this. Does anyone know what type of ...
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How should I construct my own hard drive enclosure?

I recently replaced my laptop HDD with an SSD. It came with a handy transfer cable which lets me easily connect the old "naked" HDD to my laptop via USB. Now that I have switched over to the SSD, I ...
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External Hard Drive Recognized on One System But not Another

I have an NTFS filesystem on an external hard drive in an enclosure (SSD). I use this for web development on two Windows systems (A, laptop and B, desktop). I assigned the drive letter as G: because ...
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