Welch wrote:Thats right, USB directly connected to the 2.5 HDD, no SATA.
Welch wrote:FWIW - The WD tech support was clueless, sounded lazy as hell and didn't understand that by locking up I meant the computer was slowing and freezing from the drive. He kept telling me that I'd need to put in a password if I set it up with one..... He thought locking meant I put a password on the drive. How can people this dumb be given jobs in "Tech Support". Further proof on why I refuse to buy any WD products.
The Swamp wrote:Yeah, this is why if you're going to do an external drive, it's best to just roll your own. All of the proprietary stuff is for the birds. I had a WD external drive, but it was a 3.5, not a 2.5, and it had just a standard hard drive in it. I was able to salvage the drive and put it in another enclosure. Although the drive did fail, as they all seem to do these days, WD replaced it under warranty.
just brew it! wrote:Yeah, but the pre-built externals are often offered for cheaper than an enclosure + bare drive of the same capacity. So you really need to be counting on the long-term potential for re-purposing of ever-increasing-capacity internal drives, if you expect to get a ROI. If you just need an external "now, damnit!" then a pre-built might make more sense economically.
Welch wrote:I have managed to aquire 4-5 external pre built drives. Otherwise I never buy them and roll my own also. Thermaltake made the worst enclosures I ever encountered, the other tech company I worked with went through them like paper underwear. No joke we had an entire box of over 20 bare Thermaltake enclosures that had some form of failure. These enclosures had eSATA/USB interfaces and sometimes one or both would go bad. Just pure junk.
The Swamp wrote:Man, you people are really taking me back...
The Orbs. I had a Blue Orb on a chipset back in the day. Never tried the Golden Orb because I heard it tended to make the CPU go SNAP. Good times. JBI, I need to dig that old motherboard out of storage, the one you fixed for me. That thing *still* works. Although it's a bit... slow.
just brew it! wrote:The Golden Orb was OK if you managed to install it without destroying the CPU or snapping the retention tabs! (And as I noted, some of their newer HSFs were pretty nice provided you replaced the fan that came with them. But you shouldn't need to do that!)
Welch wrote:Geeez, Star or anyone else... if you guys have a specific part or generation of parts your looking for let me know. I'm sitting on all kinds of I wouldn't mind giving away knowing it's going to some sort of use.
Starfalcon wrote:Welch wrote:Geeez, Star or anyone else... if you guys have a specific part or generation of parts your looking for let me know. I'm sitting on all kinds of I wouldn't mind giving away knowing it's going to some sort of use.
I collect pretty much anything old computer related. Hit me up with a PM and we can talk.