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Hard Drive Enclosures

Gain Access to Data on Your Old Drive with an External Hard Drive Enclosure.

There are a few important factors that you'll want to take into consideration when looking for a hard drive enclosure to buy. To begin with, what is the physical size of the hard drive that you are planning on using — is it a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive? What type of interface does your old hard drive have, is it IDE or SATA? Fortunately, all of the 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosures at I/OMagic support both SATA and IDE hard drives.

Next, you should consider data transfer speed; the current standard connector for enclosures is USB 3.0 which will provide you with the fastest speeds. However, if you are just recovering data once, and transfer speed isn’t important to you, buying a USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure can save you a few bucks.