2.5" SATA external Enclosure

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  1. purelithium macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone have a line on one of these?

    I pulled the 60gb drive out of my MacBook and want to use it as external storage, but can't find a decent external case for it.

    USB/Firewire doesn't matter, unless someone can pursuade me that one is better than the other.

    It should be stylish to match my pretty MacBook. But not an absolute requirement.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Startech has a 2.5" USB SATA enclosure CAN$88 -- doesn't state Mac compatibility, but will probably work.

    PM me if you need more info

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  3. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    Firewire is better since it has significantly better real world performance than USB 2. Additionally, a firewire connection to a notebook drive in an external enclosure will power the drive from the firewire bus removing the need for a separate power supply. (Some earlier Mac laptops and PCs would not provide enough power over the firewire bus to power a drive, but current Mac laptops do provide enough power.)

    SATA notebook drives are only fairly new so there are not many 2.5" enclosures on the market yet. Cooldrives has one: http://www.cooldrives.com/2sahddencosa.html and the same enclosure is being sold by transintl http://www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2643

    Give it a another month and you should see more enclosures. A google search will turn up a couple of usb only enclosures but I haven't been keeping track of the USB only ones.

    Note that you need to use two USB ports to bus power a notebook drive. On a MacBook that means you cannot use a USB mouse unless you carry a powered USB hub... defeating the purpose of a bus powered external drive.
     
  4. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    I have this one. It comes with a black leather case that I keep mine in. Mine is firewire and USB2. It is solid aluminum in contrast to the cheap plastic cases you see everywhere else. I bought it from Newegg.
     
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I have a friend that got one from ebay for $20. It has an aluminum enclosure and runs off of and is powered by USB2. Apparently, you can find great deals on enclosures there. If you're not comfortable with ebay I'd buy off of NewEgg as someone else has suggested.

    You only need firewire if you are doing a good deal of video creation. Otherwise, you'll never notice a difference.
     
  6. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    The only problem is that that enclosure takes an IDE drive. The OP was asking about SATA enclosures since the MacBooks use SATA drives.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Or if you want to boot a pre-intel Mac. Or if you want double the real-world transfer speed of USB2 (yes I benchmarked it myself)
    As noted, the $20 case you got from eBay is IDE, not SATA.
     
  8. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's not always true. That's only the case if you have an older laptop that cannot supply enough current through the USB port. Most newer laptops supply enough current to power a 2.5" external drive. I've been doing it for about a year with my Thinkpad. I sold the other 2.5" external because I thought 120gb was enough for me(turns out I was wrong!). My Vantec 2.5" IDE enclosure was great, it had a 2-port cable, but I never needed to plug in the 2nd one.

    Thanks to everyone for the tips. I'll keep my eyes open!
     
  9. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sorry to be bringing this thread back from the dead, but I'm looking for an enclosure too. Is there a reason that all of the SATA enclosures are ridiculously more expensive as well as insanely larger physically than many of the IDE enclosures?

    I mean, compare the two: SATA vs IDE.

    It's ridiculous.... I have the old drive from my computer lying around, and I'd really like to use use it in an external enclosure, but it's hard to justify paying 5+ times as much for a SATA enclosure as it's IDE counterpart which is itself smaller and easier to carry around.
     
  12. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    You are comparing enclosures with very different features. The IDE/USB enclosure you cite uses a cheap and at times unstable chipset to support USB only. The SATA enclosure you cite uses a known stable and fast chipset (Oxford 924) and supports both USB and Firewire.
     
  13. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    well even so. if you take a peak at even the good IDE enclosures, they'll only run you around $30.

    SATA is more expensive because it's faster and the technology is newer, I'd assume.
     
  14. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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    SATA 2.5" enclosure that seems to be in the price range you are looking for:
    http://www.usbgear.com/computer_cab...-CGS-25K1&cats=131&catid=2345,315,170,131,161
     
  15. herrbutzie macrumors newbie

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    The only reliable chips that work with MacBooks are the Oxford chips stay away from the NEC & Initio chips they have been known to fail alot. Most of the cheap drives use Initio or NEC. Remember you get what you pay for.

    I am an Apple Consultant and Apple Technician in south Florida and the only drive enclosures that I recommend and buy for my clients are from http://Wiebetech.com and Other World Computing http://www.macsales.com/. The quality of both companies products and their customer service is the best. Their shipping and handling charges are very reasonable, 2nd day for $7.95. I prefer Wiebetech's product line of them all, Wiebetech is the main supplier of drives to the US Dept of Defence and the Justice Dept. They make some very interesting forensic products and multidrive enclosures
     
  16. JPark macrumors 6502a

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    Hang on, so Intel macs can boot from USB? I've spent the last several hours trying to find a good but affordable firewire enclosure just so I'd be able to boot to it. I knew previously you could only boot to firewire. Did this change with the switch to Intel? If so, I guess I missed the memo.
     
  17. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Yes, they can boot into USB.

    But if you want a drive to boot to, you'd still be better to go for a Firewire enclosure. Believe me as someone who has booted from both USB and Firewire, you'll notice the difference when doing anything disk related - it's like going back to a 4200 rpm HDD after using a 7200 rpm HDD.

    For backups, USB2 drives are good enough.
     
  18. reubs macrumors 68000

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    I'm wondering if anyone has any more suggestions on 2.5" SATA enclosures? I'm needing to upgrade the HDD in my Macbook, and I want to use the factory HDD for other storage.

    Thanks for any info.
     
  19. rohitp macrumors regular

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    I have a MacBook Core2Duo and my external 2.5" drive (with a 250GB SATA internal) HAS to have both USB cables in (data & power) or it will NOT work. It is still very worth it as we are talking about an extremely small drive.

    There are many cheap SATA enclosures now. I have a Transcend which I bought from ecost.com for about $16.
     
  20. rohitp macrumors regular

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    I have a MacBook Core2Duo and my external 2.5" drive (with a 250GB SATA internal) HAS to have both USB cables in (data & power) or it will NOT work. It is still very worth it as we are talking about an extremely small drive.

    There are many cheap SATA enclosures now. I have a Transcend which I bought from ecost.com for about $16.
     
  21. reubs macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for that, but some folks need some form of protection for the HDD itself, I'm sure. I don't want random HDDs floating around anymore than they have to.
     
  22. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, of course; Having upgraded from machine to machine, drive to drive for the last, say, 10 years I have about 20 bare drives laying around, not counting the 6 or so currently in enclosures. I would only suggest this "bare drive cable" for someone who is constantly being asked to restore data from a drive or is doing routine data saving.
     

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