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Using USB Hard Drive Enclosures with Linux

Using a USB hard drive enclosure with Linux is quite straightforward and very convenient.

Setup

I followed these excellent directions, which boil down to:

Performance

I am using a Thermaltake Silver River Duo enclosure. It supports IDE and SATA drives, along with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and ESATA interfaces.

When using the USB interface with a Maxtor 200GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA/133 drive I was able to write:

This is less than the advertised 480Mbps transfer rate for USB 2.0 Hi-Speed but more than enough to handle recording multiple 19.2 Mbps HDTV streams simultaneously.
Last modified on 10 Aug 2015 by AO

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