Hard Drives - External

External hard disks are ideal for backup or portable file storage, and these drives come in a large range of categories: some use desktop-sized 3.5in hard disks, other use smaller 2.5in drives, and faster products use SSDs. Most drives use USB 3, Thunderbolt or eSATA connections, and these drives can come in different types of case – some are designed to be tiny, and others are ruggedized to stand up to dust, water and even fire.

Direct Attached Storage / Enclosures

Direct Attached Storage or DAS is an external storage device that is connected directly to a server or workstation without a network device in between (ie there is no hub, switch or router required) using USB, Firewire or eSATA for example. This direct connection ensures fast access to data. A DAS will work as though the hard drives are internally connected, meaning drives can be partitioned, formatted and set up like any other internal hard drive or raid array. These DAS devices are available for standalone desk or rack mounting.
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Enclosure (1.8"-2.5") - IDE / SATA

These hard drive enclosures enable either a IDE or SATA 1.8" to 2.5" internal hard drive to be converted into an external USB hard drive unit. Externally, these enclosures feature a USB connection with some also featuring an eSATA port. Note that some of these enclosures are powered via their USB connection, with others using an external power adaptor or a second USB lead for power, check the specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (1.8"-2.5") - SATA

These hard drive enclosures enable a 1.8" to 2.5" SATA internal hard drive to be converted into an external USB hard drive unit. Externally, these enclosures feature a USB 2 connection with some also fitted with an eSATA port, allowing a direct plug and play link up to a computer. Note that some of these enclosures are powered via their USB connection, with others using an external power adaptor, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (1.8"-2.5") - SATA - USB 3.0

Combining Super Speed USB 3.0 with a SATA hard drive interface results in an external hard drive with high data transfer rates. A 1.8" to 2.5" internal SATA hard drive fits into these enclosures. Power to these enclosures are either via the USB 3.0 connection or a separate power lead, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (2.5" - 5.25") - ThunderBolt

External hard disks are ideal for backup or portable file storage, and these drives come in a large range of categories: some use desktop-sized 3.5in hard disks, other use smaller 2.5in drives, and faster products use SSDs. Most drives use USB 3, Thunderbolt or eSATA connections, and these drives can come in different types of case – some are designed to be tiny, and others are ruggedized to stand up to dust, water and even fire.

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Enclosure (3.5"-5.25") - IDE

These hard drive enclosures enable an IDE 3.5" internal hard drive to be converted into an external hard drive with a USB 2 connection. The USB 2 allows a direct plug and play connection to a computer. Note that some of these enclosures are powered via their USB connection, with others using an external power adaptor, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (3.5"-5.25") - IDE / SATA

These hard drive enclosures enable either a IDE or SATA 3.5" to 5.25" internal hard drive to be converted into an external USB hard drive unit. Externally, these enclosures feature a USB connection with some also featuring an eSATA port. Note that some of these enclosures are powered via their USB connection, with others using an external power adaptor or a second USB lead for power, check the specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (3.5"-5.25") - SATA

These hard drive enclosures enable a 3.5" to 5.25" SATA internal hard drive to be converted into an external USB hard drive unit. Externally, these enclosures feature a USB 2 connection with some also fitted with an eSATA or Firewire port. Note that some of these enclosures are powered via their USB connection, with others using an external power adaptor, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Enclosure (3.5"-5.25") - SATA - USB 3.0

Combining Super Speed USB 3.0 with a SATA hard drive interface results in an external hard drive with high data transfer rates. A 3.5" internal SATA hard drive fits into these enclosures. Power to these enclosures are either via the USB 3.0 connection or a separate power lead, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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Ext HDD Encrypted - USB 2.0 / 3.0

Loss & theft of portable devices such as portable hard drives and Thumb Drives etc. are on the rise - have you ever considered the impact of losing your portable storage device? Your data would be at the mercy of anyone who stumbles across it. Your personal videos may appear on YouTube, your business records sent to a competitor, your personal and financial information used for fraudulent purposes. These hard drives utilise government grade AES 128 or 256-bit real time hardware encryption, which encrypts ALL data held on the drive keeping it safe even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure.

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External HDD 2.5" - 250GB - 4TB

These external drives use mobile 2.5in hard disks, which mean they're a lot more portable than desktop drives. They've got capacities that range from 250GB to 4TB, most use super-fast USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections, and many include backup applications and cloud storage deals for added security.

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External HDD 3.5" - 2TB - 8TB

These larger drives use desktop-style 3.5in hard disks, which means they're better suited to sitting on a desk than being carried around in a bag, but their larger profile does mean big capacities: some of these products serve up a whopping 4TB of space. Their 7,200rpm spindle speeds mean file transfer are quicker than 2.5in drives, too.

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External HDD WiFi - USB 3.0

These high-end external hard disks have Wi-Fi connections, so they can be used to transfer and access files without a wired connection is being used at all - perfect if you're on the road or elsewhere in the house. They've got added versatility thanks to rapid USB 3.0 wired connections, and some come without hard disks if you'd like to save money by using existing drives.

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NAS - 1 to 2 HDD Bays (Ex HDD)

These small-scale NAS units hold one or two HDDs. While this does limit their storage capacity a little, it also keeps their size and cost down. There are options for personal and family home use with user-friendly set-ups as well as for business users in a small or home office environment with more advanced features and greater processing power. These units are not sold with hard disks so you'll need to add your own – it's best to get matching models and capacities, especially if you plan on using RAID.

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NAS - 3 to 4 HDD Bays (Ex HDD)

These medium-size NAS units hold three or four HDDs. Entry-level units are great for home users and prosumers with lots of HD media and other data that needs centralising, while more advanced units come with faster processors and more advanced security and RAID features for business and surveillance users. These units are not sold with hard disks so you'll need to add your own – it's best to get matching models and capacities, especially if you plan on using RAID.

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NAS - 5+ HDD Bays (Ex HDD)

These NAS units are the largest around, offering five HDD bays at a minimum and ten or more in many cases. They are typically geared towards advanced users who need plenty of storage space, and many are supplied in rackmount cases for use in industry and large-scale businesses. These units are not sold with hard disks so you'll need to add your own – it's best to get matching models and capacities, especially if you plan on using RAID.

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NAS - Accessories

NAS (network attached storage) device accessories, including drive bay adaptors, rack and rail mounting kits, power supplies and warranty extension programs. They tend to be suitable only for specific NAS units, so check yours is compatible.

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NAS - Complete (Inc HDD)

These NAS units are sold with hard disks bundled, saving you the trouble of buying them yourself. They come in a range of sizes and capacities, from single bay 2TB units suitable for modest personal users all the way to large, multi-bay units with 16TB, 24TB or even 32TB of storage on tap. These units do not come pre-configured, giving you the chance to set them up as you see fit, including what RAID level you want to use, if any.

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NAS - Pre-configured (Inc HDD)

The NAS units in this category not only come populated with matching hard drives, with up to 24TB available in a single unit, they are also pre-configured by Scan engineers to a specific RAID level so that all you need to do is plug in the power cable and connect them to your network to start using them. Make sure you research and choose the appropriate RAID level for you.

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Pro Desktop & Mobile Storage

On-set or in the studio our range of ruggedized professional storage systems connect directly to your Windows PC or Mac. HDD or SSD in RAID offer increased read/write speeds and reliability making it the ideal choice for multi-channel HD and 4K workflow. Updated

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