Saturday, December 17, 2011

List of Usable Portable External Hard Drives (2.5" HDD)

List of Usable Portable Hard Drives (2.5" HDDs)
List of USB drive that are SATA




Using WD Elements drive in PS3.
I have many queries from readers of this blog, here are some of their questions:
Taking out a WD Elements Portable 2.5" drive to use in PS3?
Taking out a WD Elements Portable 2.5" drive to use internally in a laptop? ....  etc..

The answer is:
Some drives are usable... and some drives are not usable...

So.. this post is about answering ....how to find out which one is usable or which one is not?????

You may have read in one of my previous post that many of the newer Second Edition drives are no longer SATA and therefore cannot be used.
Link to my post: http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/04/wd-elements-se-is-usb-native-hdd.html

But some drives can be used.. as long as they are sata!

SEAGATE freeagent goflex ultra portable drive 1 TB hDD has SATA interface, WARNING : height of internal HDD is 12mm, so it wont fit in laptop as regular laptop HDD is 9mm in height.




Because we are buying a External USB drive, disassemble the external casing and take the disk drive to install it somewhere else.... like in a laptop.. it's quite difficult to tell what is inside the drive before disassembly..





To tell before opening your disk you can see it's length.



USB only is shorter due to the lack of SATA to USB adaptor.



SATA drives are longer @ 5"




So here's a list and the answer to the questions:

Approved!! (Yes )

  • WD Elements (Not the "SE" Version, typically 500GB or smaller) USB 2.0 only
  • Seagate Freeagent GoFlex USB 2.0 & USB3.0 versions (Only 500GB or Smaller!)
  • Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB3.0
  • Imation M100 500/640/750 GB Portable Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB Powered Contains Toshiba HDD  (Thanks Vin! - See comments for more details)
  • TOSHIBA CANVIO BASICS 750GB USB 2.0 (Thanks Vin!  - See comments for more details)






Not approved (No)

  • WD Elements SE ( Typically 500GB or bigger) USB2.0 & USB3.0
  • WD Elements USB3.0
  • WD My Passport Essential, MyPassport Essential SE
  • Seagate Freeagent GoFlex USB3.0 1 TB version (Can't fit in laptop!)






General Tips about buying usable drives:
Native USB Drives are shorter because they lack the SATA to USB converters:  (Do not buy shorter drives!)
Usable drives are about 5" long or around 12-13cm tall.

If you find out other brands/drive that are useable or not userable, I would like to hear from you as I will like to see this list expanded!

18 comments:

  1. Hi I read through your posts on the WD Element 2.5 HDs but I was still unsure if mine are SATA. The P/N is wdbabv0010bbk-00. There is CAAAAA and Made in Thailand. I am guessing they are native usb but just want to be sure. Thanks a lot!

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  2. Hi, to tell before opening your hdd enclosure if the drive is native USB or not. you can see the length of the Hard Drive.

    If the lenght of the hard drive is 5" then it's SATA

    if the lenght of the hard drive is 4.5" then it is Native USB

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  3. You can also refer to this post for more details

    http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-tell-if-your-external-usb-drive.html

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  4. freeagent goflex ultra portable drive 1 TB
    hDD has SATA interface,
    WARNING : height of internal HDD is 12mm, so it wont fit in laptop as regular laptop HDD is 9mm in height.

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  5. I like your blog.
    HDD prices are almost double than 1 month ago.
    Is it same all over ?
    Its killing!!!

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  6. Imation M100 640 GB Portable Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB Powered
    Has Toshiba MK5059GSXP Sata HDD inside.
    SATA Interface + 9mm height
    It will work in laptop!!!

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  7. MK5059GSXP 9.5mm in height

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  8. As per ebay.com MK5059GSXP is an internal drive, so it will work.

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  9. Oh wait that is Imation M100 500 GB

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  10. Toshiba
    MK5059GSXP - 500GB
    MK6465GSXN - 640GB
    MK7559GSXP - 750GB
    same series, should work!

    What is inside Toshiba Convio USB drives ?

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  11. Thanks Vin for the update! I haven't got the chance to check out Toshiba USB drives yet, I'll have a look soon..

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  12. BIGGEST News :
    TOSHIBA CANVIO BASICS 750GB USB 2.0
    P/N E05A075BAU2AK
    Has 750 GB MK7559GSXP HDD Inside & It SATA Interface!!!
    It Is 9mm High!!!
    Biggest SATA HDD That Can Fit In Laptop.
    LOOK FOR IT!!!
    Vin

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  13. TOSHIBA CANVIO BASICS 750GB USB 2.0
    Add this one in approved list

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  14. Thanks Vin! Just added it to the approved list!

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  15. How about Seagate 1 tb Backup plus USB 3.0 & SEAGATE Expansion External Portable USB 3.0 1TB?

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  16. your article and found it very informative. I remember how hard it was for me to find the right type of external hard drive for my needs. Well, if someone is looking to buy an external hard drive then I'd love to recommend this list of external hard drives where you will find the best one for your specific needs.

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