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May 26, 2005, 09:01 PM
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May 26, 2005, 10:17 PM
So...everything reviewed in this thread seems insanely expensive compared to buying a FW enclosure (seems to be readily available for $50 or less) and even a substantially larger HD (like a 200GB HD for ~$150). Is there something a lot better about these units? Do the cheap enclosures frequently not allow OS X boot or summin?

May 27, 2005, 12:12 AM
I bought a pre-made LaCie because it offered FW 800 and 400 both, came recommended, and required no effort from me. Plug and go.

I've built my own from enclosures in the past too, but sometimes having one source, one warranty, and no hassle is nice.

May 27, 2005, 06:40 AM
LaCie are the worst of the worst when it comes to prefabricated FW harddrives. I've seen so many die because of lack of a fan and over heating. They also tend to put Western Digital drives in their enclosures. As the head video engineer of my company, I refuse to buy any LaCie product. If you need something rugged try the Media G-RAID. They look better next to a G5 and they have a fan.

Nuff Said,

Paul O'Keefe
May 27, 2005, 07:07 AM
Are desktop model external firewire drives (3.5") or even DIY enclosures bus powered?

Can anyone reccomend a good enclosure for a 3.5" as I have HDs kicking around that I can use?