Have some bare hard drives lying around you’d like to use?
The NewerTech Voyager S3 lets you simply insert hard drives (or SSDs)—this is one way to make backups as inexpensively as possible: bare hard drives or SSDs are the least expensive storage vs those in enclosures.
The Voyager S3 take both hard drives and SSDs, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch. The Voyager S3 is also handy for any kind of system upgrade scenario where one wants to prep a new hard drive or SSD to replace an existing internal drive.
Deals on drives
- The 2TB Seagate/Samsung is only $99. I use one for a Time Machine backup of my boot drive in an OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini USB3 case. Or just get it pre-installed.
- The Toshiba 3.0TB DT01ACA is only $99. This is a very fast drive that can be used in the Voyager S3 (above) or in various other ways, including an external enclosure like the OWC Mercury Elite Pro or OWC Thunderbay, or of course in any pre-2013 Mac Pro internal bay.
- Looking for enterprise grade (best for production environments and RAID)? The 6TB HGST UltraStar He6 is now $299.
- SSDs are very reasonably priced now. The OWC Mercury Electra 6G line offers strong performance at (for example) a very attractive price point of $225 for a 480GB SSD. Installed in an about $39 OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini bus powered case, and you have a fast and relatiely inexpensive portable SSD.
Looking for RAID? SoftRAID is discounted from $179 to $125.