should I put internal IDE or SATA HD in my enclosure?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AlmightyG5, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. AlmightyG5 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2005
    Hey, I found a package deal that comes with a firewire external enclosure and a Wstern Digital 250gb IDE HD. The Hard Drive i have now inside my iMac is 160gb SATA, i believe from "About this Mac". Does it matter if you put an IDE instead of a SATA HD inside an enclosure to hook up to a mac? Will they both work the same? What is the difference?

    here is the link to the package deal i'm looking at:
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    No. It doesn't make a difference. Get the enclosure and get the drive but don't try and put a SATA drive in the enclosure. ;)

    What is the difference?

    Non-technically, different connecters. Technically, somebody else can tell you that. :D
  3. cube macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    To be able to upgrade the internal hard disk, and put the old one in the enclosure, I would go with something like the TrayDock
  4. cube macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Otherwise buy a FireWire/IDE enclosure, an IDE/SATA bridge board (for example the one here) and a SATA disk, as the only thing you're gaining with the TrayDock is the hot swap.

    I'd prefer an enclosuse with a native FireWire/SATA bridge, but I don't know of any.
  5. cube macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Well I found it. For native FireWire/SATA, it could be a case with one of the Oxford 924 chips, like this one.

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