Why are external HDD enclosures advertised as 3.5"

Justin Findlay justin at jfindlay.us
Tue Feb 6 10:17:21 MST 2007


On AD 2007 February 06 Tuesday 10:11:44 AM -0700, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-02-06 at 10:00 -0700, Stuart Jansen wrote:
> > It sounds like you actually need a 5.5" enclosure. Desktop systems
> > usually use 5.5" drive because they're faster and cheaper. Most laptops
> > use 3.5" drives because even though they're slower and more expensive,
> > they're smaller. Really small laptops use 2.5" drives. I surprised you
> > only found 3.5" and 2.5" enclosures. The good news is that 5.5"
> > enclosures are usually much cheaper than 3.5" enclosures.
> 
> Uhm... er.. yeah. Ignore everything I said. Obviously too early in the
> day.

No way, I'm buying a 25.5" enclosure because they are cheaper!  Think of
all that platter area for your data.  That's 162.5625\pi in^2 per side!


Justin



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