Are there any DUAL hard drive enclosures that accept portable Passport-like drives?

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  1. Apple!Fre@k macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys!

    Does anyone know of any dual hard drive enclosures that accepts portable hard drives with a USB port built in like the Western Digital Passport? Essentially I'm looking for a dock that I could pop two of those type of drives into, mirror them both with my iTunes (music) and iPhoto (photos) folders, then be able to grab one of the two when I travel to keep it with me in case my house burns down or gets robbed while I'm gone -- so one of the copies stays at home and the other goes with me just to be safe.

    Not interested in regular dual hard drive enclosures for SATA drives because you can't plug the removable drives right into a computer with a USB cable and I want to be able to do that with my MacBook (like with any external HDD like the WD Passport).

    Know of any solutions? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are there really no solutions? What about a really simple cloud solution that "just works"?? Is there a very reliable and fast cloud service out there where recovery is easy (like they mail you a hard drive with all the files on it) where I could backup my now 400GB (and growing) iTunes folder?
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    There's the GoFlex Net from Seagate which will dock 2 portable drives so you can use them as a NAS.
     
  4. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Since you already have a device with a USB interface (that's the hard part sorted), why not get a USB hub and just plug them both in?
     
  5. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but want them local, not over the Internet.
     
  6. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would do that but I don't want to run another USB line from my computer. The way I have it setup now, everything is perfectly zip tied and setup and it would be a nightmare to have to run a new line. So question is, is there a hub which will accept a mini-USB incoming because that's what I have running to the HDD right now?
     
  7. OllyW Moderator

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    Just get a USB hub then.

    Looking at your previous post you said you didn't mind "a simple cloud solution". :confused:

    The GoFlex Net works on your home network, not just over the internet.
     
  8. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand. Are you saying that you want a hub that accepts mini-USB connectors for the downstream ports? The WD passport has a mini-USB on the drive side but a full size plug on the computer end so a normal hub should work fine.
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    That's why I don't buy WD external drives, because the mechanism is not standard and can't be reused wherever you want.

    Also, because you can't upgrade the case with whatever internal drive you buy of that size.
     

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