putting a ssd into a external caddy

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  1. xc351

    xc351 Member

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    I have a 480gb ssd from a broken laptop. Is there any issue for me putting this in a usb3 caddy to use as a quick external drive.

    I know u can get external ssd's now but not sure if there is any issues going the cheap method
     
  2. Hakka691

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    No issues.
     
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    nah, no issues with it.
     
  4. Ratzz

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    I don't even buy external caddys as such. I use 2TB 2.5" drives a lot, in ITX systems. Rather than pay a higher price for a stock 2.5" internal Barracuda, I buy a Seagate Essentials external USB drive, and shuck the drive out of it. Same drive, lower price.

    At the same time, I buy a $50 120GB SSD, any brand, which I install in the case the drive came out of. This can come close to maxing out the USB 3.0 connection (USB 3.0 maxes at around 625MB/s), effectively creating a fast, high capacity flash drive. Not as small as a USB stick of course, but handy to have and faster than a USB stick. I have a dozen of them lying around. They all work perfectly.

    For $150 or so, I get a 2TB internal spinner AND a 120GB external SSD. SSD size or brand doesn't matter. So long as the external drive contains a standard SATA drive (and all the Seagate Essentials do), the Seagate USB adapter within it works on any other HDD or SSD.

    I even have a couple of adapters and cables sans case. They are great for testing or temporary use of any SATA drives, even 3.5" drives. Just plug and play.

    The other reason I use the 2TB Seagate portable drives is they are always on special somewhere.. JB HiFi, Officeworks, even the Post Office.. for $100 or less.

    Of course, if you want to buy only a caddy, they are cheap too, and work fine.

    TL;DR No issues.
     
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    As above, no issues at all, I've done it myself for a few people, gets a little bit more life out of a throw away lappy. I've even use a couple myself for quick storage/transferring files etc.
     
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    perfect just wasn't sure if the commercial ssd externals were non standard ssd and a normal one would pull to much power ect

    I have a few normally lappys drives in caddys they seem to work fine, but only really use them from time to time and i knew these days most arn't standard 2.5" drive so there may be a trick to them.
     
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    I used to to the same with 3.5" externals in fact on my desk at work i still have a controller all tapped up at i use to trasnfer files from random drives.
     
  8. maldotcom2

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    Yep, just be wary with cheap ebay caddy's. Do a benchmark when you get it. I recently had two that were clearly USB2 controllers with a blue USB plug.
     
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    These ones work well if you don't want/need a full caddy, or Orico is a pretty safe bet for a cheap one otherwise. Have both (plus another Type-C), and they all easily pull 350MB/s plus.
     
  10. ecroF

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    I've bought a few cheap usb3 caddys from umart and they all work awesome.
     
  11. Ratzz

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    These are the ones I use. USB 3.0 controller on its own is not as durable as the ones in isaakk's link, but @ $99 each for a caddy with a standard SATA 2TB spinner included :thumbup: . Seagate Essentials.

    Just make the spinner an internal drive, stick your SSD into its place, close it up, and Bob's your transgender aunty.


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