4 x 3.5 bay HDD Enclosure for iMac

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  1. InfiniteDeath macrumors newbie

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    I've finally decided to bite the bullet on a new iMac 27 and am now looking for a new HDD enclosure for my old PC's drives(3xHDD, 1xSSD) one of which includes an SSD that I would still like to run Bootcamp off of. Is there anything that is reasonably cheap that could do this?
     
  2. EricT43 macrumors regular

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    I don't have any experience with multi-drive enclosures, but you might want to see what OWC has.

    Be aware that you cannot put a Bootcamp partition on an external drive. OS X only allows you to put Bootcamp on the internal drive.
     
  3. InfiniteDeath thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well that's put a spanner to my plans. Looks like I'll need to un-fusion my internal HDD and partition the SSD in half.
     
  4. EricT43 macrumors regular

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    Indeed. I'm sure many people would rejoice if we could put Bootcamp on an external. I know I would! I have a 256GB SSD on my MBP and that partition eats up a generous portion of it.
     
  5. Giuly, Jun 20, 2013
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    The Mediasonic ProBox is one option, but what I see people using with the new Mac Pro is the Vantec enclosure, at least those who don't go for Thunderbolt or something with a RAID built-in. Both are $99.
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  6. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

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    Not totally true...there are workarounds (see Google) if you have a thunderbolt enclosure (or a Seagate Thunderbolt adapter might work too)
     
  7. EricT43 macrumors regular

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    Interesting...I'll look into it!
     
  8. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    Anybody here have the Vantec enclosure? Looks really nice!
     
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I went with the ProBox on my Mac Mini. Works great, very quiet, price is right. I'm running it as straight USB 3.0.
     
  10. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

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    I use the probox 8bay for my hackintosh via usb 3. although I'm not sure if you can run bootcamp off of a drive.
     

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