dealswestern digital 3tb elements desktop external…

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Thinking about getting this, cracking open the drive and sticking the 3TB drive in my server desktop for a backup drive. Bad idea?

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@iug: I dont know much about this kink of thing, but why would you want to do that when you can use it as an external drive and keep the flexability to move it from one computer to the next. That's what I'm planning to do with it. If there is some reason why you think i'm making a mistake pleased let me know.

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@iug: I don't know about this model, but I've seen a few WD portable drives that don't have a SATA interface, it's direct USB on the pcb, so do some research before you buy if that's your plan.

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My desktop has at least 2 more bays open, and it would require one less AC plug in the surge protector. I want 3TB to be a backup for the other 2.5TB worth of drives.

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@iug - That'll work, and it seems like external drive deals are better than internal drive deals I see, but it's probably a slow drive and opening the enclosure will void any warranty there was.

@dehaansa - Any drive you buy today (at least 3.5 and 2.5 in), unless you are intentionally buying an old drive, will have a SATA interface. The enclosure itself may only have USB, but the drive inside the enclosure is SATA.

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@iug: The only issue you run into is that most external drives are 5400 rpm drives to reduce noise. For a server drive, you could see some performance issues depending on what you're doing. Otherwise, if you're not planning on doing anything other than backup with it, you would be fine using it as just a back up drive.

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@iug: It's not a bad idea, but it is not one I would recommend. It is an external drive and it is meant to be used as such. For that matter, it is also a Western Digital Green Drive.

It's a solid drive, (despite it's horrendous spin-up times) but not something I'd recommend for use in a server environment for anything other than storage (though I suppose I'm not one to talk as I'm using several of their 2TB and 2.5TB external units connected to a file server via USB).

You can do so, but you risk voiding your warranty immediately with both the store and the manufacturer. If this is the route you wish to take, I honestly think you'd be better served buying a 3TB drive seperate, if only for the peace of mind.

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$20 less than Amazon at this price. USB 2.0 so the transfer rate is slower than the newer drives. It doesn't have any mention of RPM on the page so I'd guess it's 5400, probably a Green drive. They're slow, cheap, and quiet. Perfectly adequate for use as a data storage and backup drive. Good for storing your pictures, video, etc.

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Yeah, it's just a media drive for a HTPC and around the house (I plan on making another cheap HTPC). And since it's the backup drive I wouldn't need the fastest access, and it would hardly consume time or CPU to do backups a little longer. I'll have to think if I want to void the warranty or not still, but I knew that as soon as I said "crack open the drive".

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