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I bought a cheap external Sata case and it has a switch on the back. I was wondering if anyone knew what it was for. Also it doesnt have any holes for air to get to, should i leave the end cap open so it will let some heat out?
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What is Sata case? Hard drive enclosure?
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its a sata harddrive so i got a sata hard drive enclosure. Sorry for the confusion.
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That switch on the back is most likely power switch. I assume, it's self-powered enclosure. In that case, you should have two cables: USB, and power cable.
Some have also USB/firewire switch.
Cheaper enclosures don't have any vents, but since it's standalone unit, heat shouldn't cause any issues here.
I hope, it's not Maddog brand, because they don't last long. Two of them failed on me in a span of couple of months.
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No its not Maddog, its cheap no name brand. Paid 12 bucks for it on ebay.Its aluminum so i may just get a drill and drill a couple of small holes in the sides just to be safe. when i turn the switch it will act like it will want to cut off but then turns back on for a sec then off again. It will do this for a few seconds and then ill stop it cause im afraid its gonna mess up the hard drive.
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Do you have 2 separate cables going to the case?
In other words, do you have a USB/firewire cable AND a power cable?
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im afraid its gonna mess up the hard drive

There is a good chance, it may happen.
You can get brand new one, starting at about $20.
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Do you have 2 separate cables going to the case?
In other words, do you have a USB/firewire cable AND a power cable?

yes.

it crapped out on me last night though. it has a short in the hardware and anytime the cable gets moved it will cut off and on. So i will be searching for a new one. Any suggestions?
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I just bought this one yesterday: http://www.radioshac...oductId=3301967
40 bucks. It even has front panel vent.
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so i ordered a hard drive case and it said it was eSATA and when it came it the connecters are different than what goes on the hard drive. I didnt know there would be a differnce. is there anything i can buy to convert it so i dont have to get another case?
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There surely are eSATA to SATA cables: http://www.satacable...nal_cables.html, but I'm not sure how you're going to pack them into that HD enclosure.
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after lookin at the connecters it looks to be IDE instead of esata, so the had the box labeled wrong or put the wrong hardware in the box. So i could send it back or just buy the converter, which will probably save me a few bucks. and the case i got is about 2 inches longer than the hard drive itself cause of the hardware so i may be able to fold the wires in there somewhere.
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Whatever works...:)
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Thanks for the help Broni.
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You're welcome :)
Keep us posted.
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