Re: External HDD
I would just buy a regular external hard drive instead of a hard drive and an enclosure. Regular external drives have internal capabilities, all you have to do is take the hard drive out and plug it into your pc. Just be sure of what kind of hard drive is in it, some of the smaller ones use laptop drives. Just look for something by Seagate, Maxtor or Western Digital in whatever capacity suits your needs.
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