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clindner
Dec 11, 2006, 03:12 PM
Can anyone recommend a drive enclosure to use with the Mac Mini?

I'm curious which type of connection (USB/Firewire) seems to be the fastest. My plan had been to access my large array of drive storage on an old server on my gigabit network, but I had neglected to take into account the slow bus speed of my old Pentium II server!!! So, I'd like to overcome this bottleneck by attaching a drive via USB or Firewire.

I've seen the Lacie and Newertech models that are designed to match up nicely, but I don't care so much about looks as performance and price. The Newertech miniStack models seem very nice with the expansion ports and everything.

What is everyone using?

-Curt



4JNA
Dec 11, 2006, 03:17 PM
...The Newertech miniStack models seem very nice with the expansion ports and everything.

and they are! have one and love it. make sure either way that you go with a firewire connection, as it is faster for any major transfers. and it can also speed up your mini by becoming the boot device. bonus.

roland.g
Dec 11, 2006, 03:24 PM
I too am using the newertech v2. I bought the empty case and added a Seagate 7200.10 500GB drive 16MB Cache with perpendicular recording. Got it from Newegg.com the day after Thanksgiving, $80 off so it was $149 instead of $229. So with the Ministack the setup ran $225. That is a great drive and I would recommend getting one. If prices went back up, might wait till the week after xmas.