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I want to put the hard drive from my old Acer Aspire 5251-1513, 250GB HDD 2.5, in an external enclosure and use with a Dell XPS L501X (drive failed). Both with USB 2.0 I believe.

Will this enclosure work?
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-co...2470955011

I have searched a lot on Amazon and most have an average on 9.5 - 1 star ratings. The Sabrent's appear popular however some of the reviews are questioning possible product for review

If I haven't provided all the required specs please let me know.

Thank you!
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What are you trying to do? If just want a portable HD for storage - sure that will work. But you mention the one you want to attach to has a drive failed Confused , if so - why don't you replace the HD on it and install new OS.
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What are you trying to do? If just want a portable HD for storage - sure that will work. But you mention the one you want to attach to has a drive failed Confused , if so - why don't you replace the HD on it and install new OS.
Agree, I would be hesitant to use a Drive from 2009 in my new machine. It would be slower than a new drive and quite possibly could be on it's way out. Laptop drives do get beat up. This is a great time to buy an SSD and improve performance.
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What are you trying to do? If just want a portable HD for storage - sure that will work. But you mention the one you want to attach to has a drive failed Confused , if so - why don't you replace the HD on it and install new OS.
I am trying to get a quick inexpensive fix until after the holidays. I want to use the Acer HD to boot the Dell XPS.

Thanks for both replies. Have not taken the time to figure out how to multi reply using the SD app.
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I am trying to get a quick inexpensive fix until after the holidays. I want to use the Acer HD to boot the Dell XPS.

Thanks for both replies. Have not taken the time to figure out how to multi reply using the SD app.
These ought to work as a boot drive. If you can boot from a USB stick, you can boot from a USB hard drive. Do check your BIOS settings to make sure you can do that though. A recent machine certainly ought to support that.

Performance will not be awesome. USB 2.0 has a practical limit of about 40MB/s. But it will work, if that's all you want. I wouldn't worry too much about brand. It's all commodity components anyway.

Why not just physically put the drive in the Dell though? Does it not fit?
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These ought to work as a boot drive. If you can boot from a USB stick, you can boot from a USB hard drive. Do check your BIOS settings to make sure you can do that though. A recent machine certainly ought to support that.

Performance will not be awesome. USB 2.0 has a practical limit of about 40MB/s. But it will work, if that's all you want. I wouldn't worry too much about brand. It's all commodity components anyway.

Why not just physically put the drive in the Dell though? Does it not fit?
Thanks for your reply. The XPS belongs to someone else who is afraid to have a "non-professsional" replace the hard drive.
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Thanks for your reply. The XPS belongs to someone else who is afraid to have a "non-professsional" replace the hard drive.
If this means you will be gifting the old hard drive to someone else. Make sure you wipe it clean 1st, don't give away your private data on the drive.
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