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    Hey ....I just got a SATA 320 GB ATA HArd disk ........I want to use it for storage for my laptop ........can anyone give tips on how to connect it .... I have an external USB casing I used to connect an ordinary PC harddrive.....but the cables here dont match with the slot

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    Then you buy an enclosure that has SATA. =

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    If your laptop has Firewire ports (IEEE1394), then get a firewire enclosure that supports SATA. The latest firewire may not be as fast as USB (last I heard anyway), but firewire has a greater constant data transfer. USB transfer rates are burst. They can't maintiain it worth shit.
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    Firewire 800 is faster than USB 2.0 (480).
    E-SATA is the best but not present on many systems.

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    Ah damn... so firewire did get upgraded again. ><
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    I think he should stick to a casing with usb connections. Since its for storage, speed isn't much of an issue. And just about every single computer now has atleast one usb port, so there's no need to worry about finding a computer with firewire ports, that aren't as widely supported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent killer View Post
    speed isn't much of an issue
    Suuuuuure, I'd like to see you use any USB device on a USB 1.1 port. ANYTHING (MP3 player, storage device, etc).

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    A 5.25 drive enclosure isn't exactly ment to be portable either, so he really only has to worry about himself. :S
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    Okay, so USB 1.1 is painfully slow when compared to firewire and USB 2.0, but the point I was trying to make was that speed isn't neccesary when you're using a drive as backup or for archiving. It does makes things easier though, and a 5.25 external drive isn't that heavy so it can be moved from place to place. Atleast that's what I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent killer View Post
    Okay, so USB 1.1 is painfully slow when compared to firewire and USB 2.0, but the point I was trying to make was that speed isn't neccesary when you're using a drive as backup or for archiving. It does makes things easier though, and a 5.25 external drive isn't that heavy so it can be moved from place to place. Atleast that's what I do.
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