Best Bang For Your Buck FW800?? and PATA hard drive woes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kryptonitejesus, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. kryptonitejesus macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I got two questions.

    1) What would you guys say the best bang for your buck FireWire 800 is? I hear a lot of differing opinions on this one, so I'd like a couple suggestions, need over 500GB though. 750GB and up would probably be the best.

    2) I've got 2 PATA hard-drives from my old Windows PC that crashed, what would you guys suggest doing about getting the data off of them? Most of the hard drive kits I found are for SATA, and the one I found for PATA was like $50 at Best Buy, I just want to get the data off these hard drives and junk 'em. I don't need bells and whistles and fancy enclosures.

  2. surftom macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2010
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    The quickie cable adapter linked by surftom is what I'd do for #2 as well--I bought one on sale at NewEgg for about $20 a while ago and it's happily gotten data off every SATA or PATA drive I've hooked to it.

    Important note: At least on mine, if you plug the power supply in before attaching it to the drive, it won't work--it's presumably a cheap unregulated power supply, and the overvoltage seems to make the drive unhappy. So the connection order is: Plug power brick into drive, attach USB dongle to drive, plug power brick into wall, wait a few seconds and attach USB dongle to your Mac.

    As for #1, I would strongly disagree on the speed contention--with a reasonably fast hard drive and a good FW800 case benchmarks routinely show FW800 as being at least twice as fast as USB2, and my own real-world experience with a WD 1.5TB drive in a NewerTech case backs this up--it's WAY faster on FW800 than USB2, particularly when transferring a large number of small files.

    In terms of budget options, I've had reasonably good luck with Fantom devices--they're VERY cheap, but seem to work reliably, at least the ones I've owned.

    If you want something a little more polished, try OWC ( stuff is somewhat more expensive, but is well tested. Or just get a Macally or OWC empty case and pair it with the hard drive brand of your liking from NewEgg--that's what I usually do.

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