tu2thepoo wrote:I've done this with several off-brand external drives (most ended up having Samsung internals), a few WDs, and a few Seagates. Just be careful popping the case open (many of them have fragile clips holding them together), and they're standard SATA drives inside.
Just be aware that most warranties only cover the entire, intact external drive. When I put in a few serial numbers from my repurposed drives to test, none of them had proper warranty info on the Samsung/WD/Seagate/etc sites.
Stuff like that is what gets me really irritated with a manufacturer. What does it matter to them? Once you've opened the enclosure, you've voided the warranty, so it's no longer their problem. All this does is make it impossible for people to recover their data if the enclosure fails.Duct Tape Dude wrote:Check reviews on Amazon for individual drives since some manufacturers (I think just Seagate? Or was it Western Digital?) are trying to combat this by using proprietary connectors instead of a SATA to USB enclosure.
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