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Glossary of Technical Terms

SATA Hard Drive Enclosure



A SATA Hard Drive Enclosure is a device that encases a SATA hard drive for use as an external storage device that can be connected to notebook or desktop computers, using a USB, eSATA or FireWire interconnect. Some SATA hard drive enclosures offer hot-swap capability, which allows you to connect/disconnect the drive without shutting down the system you are using in conjunction with the hard drive enclosure.