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    Uranium Lounger
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    Hey all, I'm looking for a replacement hard drive enclosure. I need an IDE to USB 2.0 enclosure to replace the failing Ximeta unit that I currently own. I've poked about on the web and there are a ton of different makes/models. I need something reliable, and frankly could care less about pretty flashing LEDs and slick styling. In fact, I'd prefer a unit that doesn't have garish LEDs that light up a darkened room - I've got enough devices that do that already.

    The drive is a 250GB IDE, so the enclosure must support at least that size. Bonus if it supports other interfaces as well, but these are not strictly necessary at this time.

    Thanks in advance...
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    Hey Mark !! If you don't really need an enclosure but just a way to connect an external drive from time to time, I've had a lot of success with a USB to IDE 2.5" or 3.5" Device Adapter. It's an inexpensive, easy to use alternative to an enclosure (and it doesn't have ANY lights.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='794846' date='25-Sep-2009 08:25']Hey Mark !! If you don't really need an enclosure but just a way to connect an external drive from time to time, I've had a lot of success with a USB to IDE 2.5" or 3.5" Device Adapter. It's an inexpensive, easy to use alternative to an enclosure (and it doesn't have ANY lights. [/quote]

    Interesting little gizmo... but it will not work for this particular application. It's my main means of transporting audio and occasionally software, so protection is a must. That said, I think I will pick up one of these for the sheer handiness it provides when working on a machine. Lights, I have found, can be easily dealt with via electrical tape. Better if they're not there at all, or at the very least not obnoxious, but that's not the trend. I even found one that has bubble lights - yes, bubble lights - running down the sides.
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    [quote name='WyllyWylly' post='795001' date='26-Sep-2009 02:04']... Lights, I have found, can be easily dealt with via electrical tape.[/quote]
    Good luck in your continuing hunt. I've only tried one enclosure and it wasn't the kind of thing I'd recommend to anyone.

    Speaking of (irritating) lights, my two Seagate 500 gig USBs have a long, THROBBING light down the vertical surface you see here. It would drive me crazy if it weren't mostly out of sight down beside the desk.

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    [quote name='WyllyWylly' post='795001' date='26-Sep-2009 02:04']Interesting little gizmo... but it will not work for this particular application. It's my main means of transporting audio and occasionally software, so protection is a must. That said, I think I will pick up one of these for the sheer handiness it provides when working on a machine. Lights, I have found, can be easily dealt with via electrical tape. Better if they're not there at all, or at the very least not obnoxious, but that's not the trend. I even found one that has bubble lights - yes, bubble lights - running down the sides.[/quote]

    I know what you mean about the lights.

    I have 3 or 4 older enclosures that I purcahsed at Comp USA at various times over the years and they are all inexpensive, plain vanilla affairs with only one or 2 small red and/or green indicator lights on the front.

    I'm staring at this one from Belkin and this one from ADS as I type this. HTH

    "Lights, I have found, can be easily dealt with via electrical tape." Love the old roadie tricks !!!
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