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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #330 on: September 26, 2012, 05:05:21 PM »
Enclosure. External hard drive enclosure. And it's USB (just in case you need it; stands for Universal Serial Bus); USN is the group that sends ships out to patrol the oceans.
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #331 on: September 26, 2012, 05:08:55 PM »
haha, thanks!

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #332 on: September 26, 2012, 05:19:28 PM »
you'd be surprised how much a nutsack can stretch. you have to stretch it yourself, not a woman. they don't do it quite right.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #333 on: September 26, 2012, 08:35:59 PM »
There's a wide variety of drive things. 

- An adaptor (search "usb hard drive adaptor") just clips onto the drive and has a USB connector; some have a separate power cord.  The drive isn't protected, but adaptors like that can be had for under $10.

- An enclosure, yeah, is like the one pdrake linked to.  A wide range of prices are available, from $10 up.

- A dock is a box that sits on the desk looking kind of like a high-tech toaster with USB and power cables, and you plug the drive in like a Pop-Tart, turn the thing on, and bingo.  These can be had for about $20 and up.  The more expensive ones let you plug in multiple hard drives at once, side by side.

BUT the thing is that they're specific to drive type (SATA, IDE, etc), and the enclosures are specific to drive size (2.5" notebook-sized, 3.5" desktop-sized).  The docks will often work with either size, but they're more sensitive to bumping, spills, etc, than enclosures.

For $40-$50, you can get a whole USB external hard drive itself, probably in the 40-50 GB range, if you shop Newegg / TigerDirect / etc.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #334 on: September 27, 2012, 04:08:29 AM »
I'd just like to be able to use the hard drive I already have from the previous Intel MacMini -- this Rosewell enclosure you linked to pdrake looks like it would fit that little tiny hard drive. And only 6.99? I don't have to worry about the little drive getting hot or anything?

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #335 on: September 27, 2012, 06:57:08 AM »
I've never looked at one like pdrake linked. I'm not clear on exactly how that connects to the HD. I assume you open the box and the connections are inside. There are like 32 pages of reviews on the product, and a lot of them complain about the screws that hold the cover on not lining up with the holes, but other than that, most of the reviews are positive. Good question about the heat - seems like it's totally enclosed. :shrug:

I've only used ones like this, which is linked on that page. With this, the HD is totally exposed, for better or worse. It also has its own power cord, instead of running off your mini's power via USB. Not sure how big of an advantage that is, maybe an inconvenience, because you'd have to power this thing up seperately, whereas the other one would power up when you boot your mini.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #336 on: September 27, 2012, 07:06:54 AM »
also that's an IDE and I think the Mac Minis are SATA? not sure tho. either way, you can get enclosures for both. and yes, the drive connects internally and you snap the little enclosure case over it and plug it into the USB, very simple to do.




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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #337 on: September 27, 2012, 07:08:32 AM »
Yeah, that's the difference between the adaptor and the enclosure.

Heat is mostly only a problem if the drive runs constantly, or if the enclosure has stuff piled on it, etc.  In my experience, anyway.  If the enclosure is just sitting on the desk, it should be fine.  Some of them buzz a bit when the drive's running, but if you just sit it on a folded piece of cloth, etc, it'll be quieter.  Just don't wrap it up entirely . . . .

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #338 on: September 27, 2012, 07:49:51 AM »
also that's an IDE and I think the Mac Minis are SATA? not sure tho. either way, you can get enclosures for both.

Good point, I didn't even notice that, but it appears the original minis were IDE, which is weird to me because I know the old G3/4's were SATA, and they predated minis. Anyway, TOA, you said the old one was Intel, which I think would be SATA. Here are the different models of minis, if you know which one you have, we could be more certain.
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #339 on: September 27, 2012, 07:51:37 AM »
Just don't wrap it up entirely . . . .

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #340 on: September 27, 2012, 11:44:08 AM »
:galm:  A hard drive cozy!
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #341 on: September 27, 2012, 12:43:02 PM »
speaking of cozies, I need a bread box.  does anyone still make those?
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #342 on: September 27, 2012, 12:45:51 PM »
did you break your google?
you'd be surprised how much a nutsack can stretch. you have to stretch it yourself, not a woman. they don't do it quite right.

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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #343 on: September 27, 2012, 12:53:10 PM »
no but I'm at work
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Re: Shopping!
« Reply #344 on: September 27, 2012, 12:56:30 PM »
i'm not sure of that correlation, but you can get all kinds of nifty bread boxes these days. a lot of people use bags, too.
you'd be surprised how much a nutsack can stretch. you have to stretch it yourself, not a woman. they don't do it quite right.