Let's list off the best enclosures

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thenewguy, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. thenewguy macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    So a lot of us are debating whether or not to get a pre-built external hard drive like the WD My Book, or to get a drive and an enclosure seperately, which can often be cheaper and have better warranties.

    But - the enclosures vary SO Much. I have only seen one FW800 enclosure from Coolgear, and it was over $100, which ruins the price difference between that and a FW400 all-in-one.

    So - I would love it if people could post links to their favorite ext. enclosures and list the features.

  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Well, you already mentioned this, but I'll put the info out anyway:


    Well built and compact.

    Oxford chipset
    Build-in powersupply
    NO FAN
    ATA drive

    My second one from them - I wanted fanless this time. The built-in pwr supply is also great for my installation as I don't really have room for the brick.

    They also make one that takes SATA.http://www.cooldrives.com/saiitofi80al.html
    external pwr supply
  3. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
    I've heard a lot of good reviews of the OWC enclosures [www.macsales.com]. They have some really nice enclosures [ones that support; FW400/800, USB2 and E-SATA]. A high end enclosure does cost approx $100. What will you be storing on the enclosure. Unless you move serious amounts of data, FW400 is more than enough.
  4. dios macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2006
    so cal
    icydock enclosure

    This company has some pretty cool enclosures. I stumbled upon them while searching for enclosures on newegg.com. The MB559 AND MB561 are obviously geared more towards mac users.
    I'm thinking of purchasing the MB559.http://www.icydock.com/product/mb559us-1s.html


    eSATA + USB2.0 combo

    1 x 3.5” SATA I / II

    Standalone with horizontal or vertical positioning

    Aluminum body w/ partial plastic

    They also have a firewire version.
  5. thenewguy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    $69 + ship/tax for a FW400 drive seems a bit steep to me.

    any others?
  6. dios macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2006
    so cal
    Referring to me I imagine?

    Well looking at the specs its hot swap capable. It looks like you could remove the hard drive and exchange it for another on the spot . That's a pretty handy feature.It gives you room to expand by just purchasing another hdd holder. And when you need to go somewhere you don't have to take the entire enclosure with you.
  7. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
  8. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Any suggestions for a 2.5" External enclosure w/ FW800 and USB 2.0 connections?

    SATA and/or IDE compatible...
  9. dios macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2006
    so cal
    Maybe This

    Color White
    Host Interface USB 2.0
    Host Transfer Rate 480Mb/sec
    Number of Devices 1
    Drive Support Support 2.5¿ IDE HDD (Support 9.5mm Notebook HDD)
    Drive Interface IDE
    System Requirements Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP (USB2.0, 1394a) , Mac OS 10.2 or higher (USB2.0), Mac OS 9.1 or higher (1394a)
    Power Supply Bus Power 5V / 500 mA (When Host provides power)
    Operating Temperature 41° to 104° F (5° to 40° C)
    Operating Humidity 10%-95% non-condensing
    Material Aluminum Heat Sink For HDD
    Dimension ( mm ) 130L x 86W x 15H
    I copied and pasted from here http://store.orbitmicro.com/ccp5529-stardom-white-itank-i201-external-usb-2-0--2-5-in-i201-b2-w-s114611.htm
  10. typecase macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2005
    There's a whole bunch of excellent choices that match the Macbook Pro in this article. I ordered the Rosewill U2FAB myself. I like the fact that it has FW 800 has well.

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