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External Hard Drive Or Internal With Drive Enclosure


I need space to store my downloaded videos that have yet to be edited. Dilemma is whether i should shell out $270 to get a 300gs external drive or $150. 00 for a 300gs internal and then use a drive enclosure?. How reliable are these enclosures? Is there any difference in the speed between the internal and external drives? What about failure rates? Would a internal drive used with a enclosure have a higher rate of failure than a external?

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