An external drive enclosure is the physical case that houses and powers a hard drive. The enclosure contains the electronics and interfaces that allow a hard drive to connect to a computer. They are also called disk enclosures or drive enclosures.
For businesses, multi-bay external hard drive enclosures can be used to cluster hard drives for network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SANs) and RAID.
Most come with space for 1 or 2 hard drvies. For storage intensive applications or networks, drive enclosures can provide the required additional storage. Disk enclosures also have the following advantages and capabilities:
- They can be easily connected to video game systems and digital multimedia recorders
- They can add redundant array of independent disk (RAID) capabilities to that do not have RAID controllers
- They allow non-networked computers to easily transfer data from one computer to another
- They add a removable backup capability with a distinct power source from the connected computer
- They reduce cooling requirements inside the computer
- They support hot swapping with an inexpensive and simple configuration
- They provide physical protection for hard drives
If you are looking for an external drive enclosure for your business, here is a great example.
Bex-CD-14B with the following features:
For 3.5″ hard drives, IDE or SCSI, or
5.25″ DVD burners or CD-ROM drives
14 x 5.25″ Drive Bays
Use it for a RAID setup or regular stand alone
It comes with 4 rear cooling fans, two power supplies with a LED light and weighs 40lbs. To purchase, click
or go to the following link http://bit.ly/Drive-Enclosure1
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