Bought new HD to upgrade iMac, need external case.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheBrazilianGuy, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. TheBrazilianGuy macrumors regular

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    Hey all,

    I am going to upgrade an iMac G5 (just bough a sweet
    500Gb SATA drive) and I need some advice about AFFORDABLE external
    enclosure (I looked around these forums and decided to use
    Superduper (Carbon Copy Cleaner is my second choice) for the
    migration part). It turns out this hunt is not as easy as it seemed to be.

    Nice cases like http://www.123macmini.com/accessories/guide/enclosures.html
    support IDE only (Lacie does not sell empty cases).
    and Newegg has some expensive models http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3807123 1054107131 1054207135&name=USB & 1394

    Which external firewire SATA drive enclosure you have ?

    Txs,
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Hopefully you're upgrading the internal drive if it's a pre-iSight iMac G5.

    I really like that Icy Dock case. I just wish it had a fan but that's just me.
     
  3. TheBrazilianGuy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, it is a pre-iSight G5. I will give a look at your suggestion.
    I wonder if it is possible to use a SATA/IDE converter
    on these IDE Firewire enclosures. Even though it's not a
    clean solution, it would be the most affordable one (converters cost
    less than 20 bucks).

    Thanks for the post,


     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No, typically there isn't physical room for a convertor inside the external case.

    Startech has some SATA/USB cases.
    So does Cyberview - the Coolmax cases
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have 5.25" case that has a converter in it. I doubt you'll be able to fit it in a 3.5" enclosure though.
     
  6. TheBrazilianGuy thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    Don't cheap out on the case - it'll just give you headaches. Check out FWDepot, Granite Digital also.
     

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