Technotiger. I was thinking of getting a SATA Internal HD caddy as I thought that the transfer speeds were a lot quicker than for a USB external HD. I planned to get Acronis True Image 11 and keep the HD in the caddy in another part of the house in case of a fire or something, also to back up files and keep photos on it. Do you have comparablr transfer speeds?
Fruit Bat /\0/\. I thought that for a desk top , the caddy mounted internally was connected like a second HD so transfer would be quicker than a USB? If so is it significant.? A local "tecchie" thought so.
There are removable Caddies which connect as if they were a Slave Drive and yes the transfer speed would be considerably faster than an USB (or Firewire) Enclosure.
I have seen mention that USB is 10x slower than HDD to HDD but I can't, for the life of me, remember where.
However the reduction in time would be considerably mitigated (or even removed) because of the amount of time it would take you to remove the Front Panel of the PC and connect up the Caddy. As opposed to just plugging your Enclosure into the Mains and the USB Port.
technotiger - you were right the first time I am refering to an external caddy connected by a USB cable.Most of the Internal ATA drives I have found (which I presume I could place in an external caddy)have a transer speed of 100mbps but the dedicated HD's dont seem to quote a transfer speed only the USB figure of 480mbps. So for my vaugeness I'm a total novice!