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    Drive to fit into a Lacie enclosure
    At the moment I back up with time machine to an external 500Gb HDD. I would like to move and store about 60Gb of music and photos from my iMacĎs small 250Gb drive to free up some space. I donít want to risk storing them in only one location so I am going to get an additional external drive to use in combo with the other. I have an old Lacie Quadra enclosure that I could use to house a bare drive. I canít remeber the original size of drive that was in the enclosure when I bought it. Iím guessing it wouldnít have been very large. What size drive would it accept? I wonít need anything enormous, 250 or 500 would be enough. This is the enclosure I have. Alternatively, as I donít access the pictures or music too often, what other form of secure storage could I use?
    https://www.lacie.com/files/lacie-co..._quadra_en.pdf

    Thanks.

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    Drive to fit into a Lacie enclosure
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    Drive physical sizes are either 3.5" or 2.5", there is no other size you should need to know, in order to fit in the enclosure. Storage capacity, is how much data you will be able to store on it.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Thank you. I was thinking more about whether the power supply or cooling would still be ok if for example I fitted a 500Gb when it originally came as 250Gb. I can’t remeber the size of the original drive, I removed it from the box and destroyed it when it failed.

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    Drive to fit into a Lacie enclosure
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    @Konda:

    I don't think you can use that LaCie Enclosure since it's designed for USB 2, FW 800, FW 400. You would be better off buying a SATA to USB 3 enclosure instead.

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    Sorry, meant to say my machine is quite old, 12 years old actually. It doesn’t have USB 3. I used it with this same enclosure until the disc failed.
    Thanks.

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    Drive to fit into a Lacie enclosure
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konda View Post
    Sorry, meant to say my machine is quite old, 12 years old actually. It doesn’t have USB 3. I used it with this same enclosure until the disc failed.
    Thanks.
    In that case, just replace the drive with one that will fit. I have an older iOmega drive that accommodates USB 2, FW 400, and FW 800 which is still useful for storage but not backups since it's too slow. I've gotten spoiled with my current iMac since it has TB3/USB-C ports which are very fast.

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