FireWire HD Enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dav, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. dav macrumors 6502

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    I just received a 160 GB USB 2.0 external hard drive for use with my iBook. Problem is I cannot boot off it for backup purposes. Is it realistic for me to buy a firewire enclosure and use the drive in the USB enclosure? Can anyone recommend some decent ones? Will I have to reformat?


    Thanks


    dav
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Yep.
    Nope. There are at least 85,000 recent threads on that topic. Please search.
    Probably not.
     
  3. dav thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. BlueT macrumors member

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    I bought this:AMS Venus and it works extremely well. Not too expensive, very quiet, and simple to use.
     
  5. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    i have that one. it's great. i use it for all my storage stuff. it gets a bit hot on top of my tower but on my desk it doesnt get hot at all.
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I have that one too..

    PLEASE NOTE:

    This drove me NUTS.

    It doesn't work with anything except the FW cable it comes with. I have multiple "normal" (6 to 6) firewire cables that I use without issues on multiple other firewire volumes, but not this baby. It would allow me to copy about 200MB of data and then die every time. Tried it on multiple computers, tried it with multiple disks. So either there's a problem with the firewire controller on the one I have, or you have to use the firewire (4 to 6) cable that it comes with.

    Once I just used that cable, it's been working great for months.
     
  7. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    wow...that sucks, as the included cable is very short :eek: glad i've never tried
    it works with other usb cables, though. just thought i'd note that.
     
  8. dav thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Couple other questions..

    All FW drives are bootable on OS X, correct?

    Can I use Disk Utility to make a RAID with daisy chained drives? Will I notice any speed increase?


    Sorry, I am new to all of this
     
  9. kugino macrumors 65816

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    most FW drives should be bootable.

    yes, you can use disk utility to RAID any # of drives (well, i suppose there's a theoretical limit)...you can RAID usb drives, too...or floppies...or zip drives. speed increase for fw400 drives will be minimal, IMO.
     

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