I’ve been thinking about getting a WD TV Live media player and hooking up an external drive to it for most of my playback. I have a couple of 1tb SATA drives I could choose from for this, but I don’t know a great deal about external hard drive enclosures.
I have heard that the Vantec enclosures tend to be fairly good, and the USB 2.0 versions from them are reasonably priced. But is that a good enough reason to buy a USB 2.0 enclosure? The WD TV Live only has USB 2, but I can transfer from my main computer at USB 3.0 speeds. And buying the older style locks me into the slower speeds for the foreseeable future.
The Vantec USB 3.0 enclosures are about half the cost of a 2tb external hard drive. If you catch a good sale you can get the Seagate 2tb, USB external drive for about $80. So, I’m not sure that paying more than $25 for an external case by itself makes much sense.
Any input welcome.