I stopped at a computer & electronics gear show and sale today (http://www.marketproshows.com/visitor/search.asp
), and noticed these HDD Enclosures being sold in the $35 to $55 range. These were all new to me, but they are nice: Inside the enclosure goes a desktop internal 3.5” HDD with an EIDE interface. The Enclosure Box provides power to the HD (presumably from some ac>dc power adapter), and coming out of the box is a USB2 and firewire connection.
Then, right down the aisle, I saw 200 Gb hard drives being sold for $149 (West Digi, 7200 rpm varieties). Then I realized what people are doing: Buy a enormous-capacity 3.5” desktop HDD, slap it in the enclosure, connect a USB cable, and you have one of the external USB HDD for about $150 less than what the brand names (WD, Maxtor) sell for at retail.
So, a few questions: Has anyone done this with their Thinkpad, and specifically is their any limitation in a TB’s BIOS that would limit how much of the external HDD a TB can access? Does W2K and XP have native drivers to access these devices via the USB connection? Is that a correct assumption about the EIDE interface type inside the enclosure?
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the name of the manufacturer of the enclosures, or I’d look at their website and get this last question answered.