A question about external hard drive enclosures

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philmar Senior Member • Posts: 2,242
A question about external hard drive enclosures

Recently I upgraded my pc and as a result I upgraded all my external backup drives to USB 3.0 drives. As a result I have an old 1 TB USB 2.0 external collecting dust that I want to give to the wife. She also has an old USB 2.0 external drive so I thought for fun I’d remove my old external drive from its housing and slap it in a cheap USB 3.0 drive enclosure to give her a faster backup as she has a couple of available USB 3.0 ports on her computer. Having never done this before I was somewhat set back by the myriad of options available for me when looking at drive enclosures.

I know my old drive is a 3.5” drive and that I seek an enclosure with an external interface of USB 3.0. But the enclosures vary depending on the internal interface. I’m not sure if I am to pick an eSATA, SATA or SATA1-3 internal interface.

This is the old drive I am prying open:


Does anyone know what enclosure internal interface I require? And will this old WD Elements drive also work on a USB 3.0 docking station?

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