Spec me a 3.5" SATA USB Enclosure, and is USB power as good as I imagine?

Associate
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Hey all!

Essentially: Uni is dawning on me in a week or so. I have a toplap, but as is the norm the HD is overflowing with data so I'm going to need an external HD. Conveniently, I have a SATA drive lying around, I just need an enclosure.

So, please work me some magic and spec me one to the tune of:

Primary Importance
Fanless - quiet please.
Respectable appearance; even so much as snazzy.
USB powered

Secondary Importance

Speed
Price
Vertically orientated - ie. it stands up

Tertiary Importance

Size
Reliability
Ability to speak french

I've stuck getting power from the USB as an important feature as I imagine (with my current atrocitiy of a cable network) that it would be easy on the power sockets, and what's more, I could use it for a limited time when the laptop was unpowered. Yet the feature doesn't appear to be that wide spread.

Am I missing something? :confused:

Ta for your genius :)
 
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Soldato
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you'll never get USB powered for 3.5" hard drive, not enough power from USB port to run 3.5"
 
Soldato
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Only 2.5" enclosures/drives can be USB powered. 3.5" drives use too much power, and in particular can use a LOAD on startup.
 
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