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Hard drive enclosures are almost completely self-contained units, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a few extra parts.
Cables: Hard drive enclosures typically connect to a system via USB, whether that system is a desktop PC or a laptop. Most enclosures will come with a connector cable, but in case it doesn’t, you will need to provide one. Make sure you get the proper cable that supports the desired transfer speed. There is a difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0.
Docking Station: Sometimes hard drive enclosures can be cumbersome when you are working with several drives. You can save yourself the hassle of swapping hard drives in and out of a hard drive enclosure by purchasing a docking station. If all you need is to transfer files without having to transfer the drive itself, then a docking station is the fastest solution. These units allow you to swap drives in and out with the press of a button.
When choosing your hard drive enclosure there are a few important factors to consider. The most important one is to ensure that the enclosure can accommodate your hard drive. Just because a hard drive enclosure accommodates a full-size mechanical hard drive does not necessarily mean it will work with a laptop hard drive. Also make sure that the enclosure has the proper connections to interface with your hard drive. Most internal hard drives will use either IDE or SATA.
You will also want to consider how permanent of a solution the hard drive enclosure will be. If you intend to swap drives in and out a lot, then you should consider getting a docking bay instead. If the drive will remain in the enclosure for an extended period, then consider a multi-drive hard drive enclosure so that you can expand your storage later.
Finally, decide if you will need active or passive cooling for your hard drive enclosure. If your enclosure will be located in a room with poor airflow, then a hard drive enclosure with a built-in fan may be necessary. You should also consider this if you plan on reading and writing to these drives constantly. Excessive heat can degrade performance and also damage your data.