On Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:37:34 -0800 (PST)
Velcro Leaf <velcrol...@rocketmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 3/4/14, Erich Dollansky <er...@alogt.com> wrote:
> > just buy cheap USB cases and put any drive you want in.
> Will this result in a quirkless installation, or will I just be
> moving the problem farther down the cable?  If all drives will behave
> themselves, then perhaps this truly is the best option.
> Seems like all the other drives I've purchased are technically just
> laptop drives in a plastic case, but maybe a case designed for
> swapping in and out unspecified drives will be more universal.
there is one chip in the case which is important. Some behave
strangely. If you really get a case which is not supported, get a new
one as it is not much money. The drive is still yours and is not
affected. A side effect is that you can choose the drive.

> Thanks for the tip.
> On Tue, 3/4/14, Gary Jennejohn <gljennj...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have two 1TB USB3 external drives from Toshiba (laptop drives in
> > a plastic enclosure) which work with both FreeBSD and Windows7.
> >
> > Don't know whether these are still available.  Seems to me I bought
> > them cheap on eBay or amazon.
> The issue I'm running into is consistent availability.  I want to get
> one, test it, then get maybe half a dozen more once I'm sure it
> works, and have the option to get a few down the road as
> replacements/additions are necessary.  They don't all have to be the
> same model, but we need the ability to just buy more when needed, not
> start the experimentation phase again.
> I suppose that's a tall order, but maybe the external swap case will
> solve the problem.

Do not think of swapping. Just buy the number of cases you will need. I
go currently for something called 'rock'. It might be over the top for
you as the case comes with a small bag making it look like a wallet.
This is important for me as an extra protection while travelling. If
you need them just in the office, it is a waste of extra money.

I buy them always in the same shop. If something would be really wrong,
I can give them back. 

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