If you have a desktop computer that your whole family uses or you use a PC for your business – let’s face it, who doesn’t these days? – then you can benefit from the use of an HDD enclosure. These nifty little housings are essentially plastic caddies for 3.5” and 2.5” IDE hard disk drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs), allowing extra freedom and function to your computer.
At Upsmart, we’re all about informing our customers about the latest and most useful smart home products and there’s nothing smarter than a computer! In this blog, we’ll be looking at the benefits of buying a hard drive enclosure.
An Extra Primary or Secondary Drive
When you have a USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive enclosure with a HDD inside, you can use it either as a primary drive to boot either Windows or Linux for a PC or a Mac Operating System (iOS). Alternatively, if you have several family members in your household, it can be used as a secondary drive to contain either vast amounts of personal videos and data or as a separate drive to run a separate OS.
The good news in this type of scenario is that when a separate drive is used, it’s protected in the event of the primary drive failing or being corrupted. They also offer a secure way to store important personal and business info, as they’re small enough be kept in a safe overnight. For this reason, they’re often used for backups by businesses for when their main system goes down.
An HDD Enclosure Provides Physical Protection
Each high quality UGreen External Hard Drive enclosure we sell at Upsmart is robust and drive-friendly, which means that each casing has inner EVA foam, so it’s highly adept at keeping what’s inside safe. They’re compatible with drives of up to 6 Terabytes and support ‘Plug & Play’ too, meaning that no drivers need to be installed. What’s more, if you need super-fast data transfer capability, we have a USB-C 3.1-capable option that supports speeds of up to 6 Gbps.
What you should remember when installing any new SSDs or HDDs with exposed connections is that you practice Electro Static Discharge (ESD) prevention, as any static that has built up can damage the delicate circuitry inside. Wearing an ESD strap (which can be bought for a couple of pounds) is usually enough to achieve this.
Also, before removing a conventional HDD, you should give the heads time to park and power down, as the disk can be sensitive to shock when it’s still spinning. It’s just good practice that will extend the life of your hardware.
Expand Your Digital Horizons With an Hard Drive Enclosure
So, if you’d like the convenience and security that an external hard drive enclosure provides, you can get yours by visiting us online at www.upsmart-tech.co.uk. We offer free tracked Royal Mail 48 hour delivery in the UK, with many of our customer orders arriving the very next day! We can also send products internationally, but that can take between 4-10 days to arrive.
Alternatively, if you’d like any technical assistance or advice, we’re always available to help. All that you need to do is fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can after receiving your enquiry.