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ORICO Computer Drive Enclosures Docks

You can never have enough storage. With everything from videos to photographs and other media, the only thing that's growing faster than storage capacity is the amount of data people are creating to fill it up. ORICO computer drive enclosures and docks not only let you increase your storage capacity but also make it much easier to transfer data from your old computer to a new one.

Enclosure Interfaces

While most ORICO enclosures rely on a USB interface, you can also find ORICO eSATA computer drive enclosures and docks. The biggest advantage of USB is its ubiquity; it's everywhere so you can be sure USB enclosures will work with your computer. The disadvantage is that most USB controllers share their bandwidth over multiple ports, which can slow down your hard drives. Using eSATA gives you a dedicated port for your external drive, which is usually faster and more robust than USB.

Types of Enclosures

There are several different kinds of docks and enclosures for different purposes. If you have a lot of storage needs you can get a RAID enclosure to preserve your data integrity. You can also get pluggable docks that make it easier to transfer data from one drive to another. Just take a bare drive from out of one computer and put it into the dock for immediate access. There are also fixed single drive enclosures that let you turn your old computer's hard drive into a secondary storage device for your newest one.

Enclosure Sizes

Most computer drive enclosures and docks are designed to fit 3.5-inch desktop hard drives. You can get hard drive enclosures that fit only 2.5-inch laptop drives, but in most cases, you are better off with the larger size and using an adapter as it gives you more flexibility.

Choosing Enclosures

When choosing ORICO hard drive enclosures the most important point to consider is what you want to use it for. A toolless enclosure is a good choice if you want an easy way to add an external drive on a permanent basis. Docks are better for situations when you need to switch drives on a regular basis.

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