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Can you use SATA hard disks in the standard 3.5 shells?

By griffen
Feb 9, 2005
  1. Hi,

    I was thinking of getting a SATA hard disk to place in a standard 3.5 shell as I found an offer on a 300gb one. Will it work or do I need a specific SATA enclosure?

    Cheers.
     
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    do you mean internal or external cage? internal will of course work, i advise that you have open space or proper cooling.
     
  3. griffen

    griffen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Looking at an external case.
    Do SATA drives produce significantly more heat?
     
  4. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    no. heat shouldn't be a concern in a single drive metal external enclosure.
     
  5. griffen

    griffen TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    there's no useful information in your link, just a grainy picture and some prices
     
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    sata are great, and only differ in terms of cable shape (its much more like USB) and also take a second type of power cable, but also take the orignal as well.

    that's it really.

    they are FAR superior in terms of performance and work very well for general purposes, but also for RAID, etc.

    I have 4 in my main machine right now, 2 single and 2 raid mirror.
     
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