I have a disc. It used to live in a regular desktop computer, but that died. It has quite a few different partitions, and different filesystems on them. And I want occasional use of it.
To resurrect it, and I’m contemplating buying an external hard drive enclosure. Seems I can get one with USB and/or ethernet connection. But that leaves me wondering: what does the computer see? Does the enclosure expect to manage the disc and just export it in the manner of NFS or SMB? Or does the computer see it as a local device at low level? Should it be possible even to boot from it – subject to configuring a boot manager?
If the former, that’s pretty useless to me, as I’d expect to be hard-pressed to get it to grok all the filesystems on there. If the latter then great: I can do without IDE support in a new barebones box.
Browsing vendor sites, I can’t see any mention of using them for an existing disc that isn’t windows or mac, even in the user reviews.
Dear Lazyweb, how can I tell whether I’m buying something useful?