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Old Feb 4, 2013, 03:52 AM   #1
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Nice Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Enclosures

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend any nice bus-powered external hard drive enclosures? I will supply my own hard drive. It needs to support USB 3.0. Having Firewire is a plus but not necessary. I'd love to get a clean aluminum enclosure. I don't mind paying a little bit more for a quality/solid enclosure.

The closest thing I can find is OWC's Elite Pro Mini but their logo is conspicuous for me.



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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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I see Amazon lists some.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:36 AM   #3
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"Can anyone recommend any nice bus-powered external hard drive enclosures? I will supply my own hard drive."

Just a word of warning…

Whether a "bus-powered" enclosure can handle a given drive (that is to say, get it spinning and mounted on the desktop) is as much a factor of the drive as it is of the enclosure.

An enclosure that may work with bus power for one drive, may NOT work with a different drive.

In such cases, you may need either:
1. A "Y-cable" to connect to two ports on the Mac to "boost" the bus power to a level sufficient to get the drive spinning and mounted, or
2. An external power source (i.e., power block) and connecting cable.

Just be aware of such things before you buy….
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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I got this one http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HDK...onic+enclosure for pretty cheap. It is an aluminum enclosure with a plastic end cap where the USB 3.0 plug is. Its worked great for me so far. You are probably going to have to spend more on a drive if you want it to match the mac styling. Depending on the price it may be cheaper to buy the OWC drive with a HDD already installed because the standalone enclosures are fairly expensive. To my knowledge OWC drives are legitimate.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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If you have Thunderbolt on your Mac, how about the Akitio Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition? It's the fastest bus-powered 2.5" hard drive (enclosure) known to mankind.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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If you have Thunderbolt on your Mac, how about the Akitio Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition? It's the fastest bus-powered 2.5" hard drive (enclosure) known to mankind.
Correction: "...known to mankind" should be "...known to Giuly!"

LaCie's Rugged is $199, 120GB SSD, and has both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface. See: http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10599
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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Correction: "...known to mankind" should be "...known to Giuly!"

LaCie's Rugged is $199, 120GB SSD, and has both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface. See: http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10599
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The LaCie Rugged disk has an internal SATA 3GBit/s connection, the Akitio is the only one with a SATA 6GBit/s chipset - according to Intel's list of certified Thunderbolt devices. And as USB 3.0 tops out at 5GBit/s, the Akitio is the fastest bus-powered 2.5" enclosure in existence.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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The LaCie Rugged disk has an internal SATA 3GBit/s connection, the Akitio is the only one with a SATA 6GBit/s chipset - according to Intel's list of certified Thunderbolt devices. And as USB 3.0 tops out at 5GBit/s, the Akitio is the fastest bus-powered 2.5" enclosure in existence.
Incorrect.

The current SSD version has 6Gbit connection. See specs at lacie.com:

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10599

Best to check facts before making counter claims.

Also, there is quite a bit of difference when looking at simply the interface speeds. See other reports here regarding benchmark performance of various SSD configurations.

You are partially correct:
USB 3.0 is 5Gbps
SATA III is 6Gbps
Thunderbolt is dual 10Gbps
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Shocking speeds up to 385MB/s (SSD)
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the third lacie rugged thunderbolt 128 SSD
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Maybe that's the internal SSDs fault, though. But if you've seen benchmarks with an upgraded SSD in the Rugged disk, let me know.

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Old Feb 7, 2013, 12:18 PM   #10
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Post the Akitio using the Black Magic Design benchmark?
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