Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Adaptec laptop hard disk drive enclosureAn enclosure is a term often associated with computer hard drives, however, can be used to describe any external or internal box that holds a computer peripheral such as a hard drive. The picture is an example of an Adaptec laptop hard drive enclosure that could be used to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer. These enclosures can be purchased online or at any local computer retail store.

Tip: When referring to a computer, it is more appropriate to refer to a computer case as the system unit or chassis.

External storage, Hard drive terms