Best external case for internal HDs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imacfreak85, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. imacfreak85 macrumors newbie

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    I have G5 currently and just bought a new iMac. I have 3 HD's, two internal and one in an external case. It a compusa case, but its really unreliable. Anyone have advice on a better case for an internal HD? It would need to be for a Serial ATA HD from the G5.
    Thanks
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i would HIGHLY recomment macpower drives (http://www.macpower.com.tw/). easily the best looking drives out there, practically built for your mac! great options aswell, if your willing to pay the price.
     
  3. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    OWC is great. That's where I got mine. It's nice to have ease of mind since they are made for macs and firewire.
     
  4. MikeTheC Guest

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    I'd recommend looking at CoolDrives. Heck, they even demo building an external HDD using their featured enclosure in a video on the home page! How cool is that?

    They offer quite a range of product. I kind of like the ones that look like the G5 tower case, but to each their own.
     
  5. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

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    Just wondering, what is unreliable about your compusa case?
     
  6. imacfreak85 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The compusa drive is unreliable in that it doesnt always mount the HD. It gives a red blinking light sometimes, and i have to have the right combination of restarting the mac and the HD to get it to show up. Im almost certain its not the HD having a problem because it was brand new when I put it in there.

    Also, looking at prices for "decent" external cases.. I cant help but notice it would be cheaper just to buy a whole external HD. I can get an external case for my internal drive for $100, or I can get a 500GB external LaCie HD for $119. Is there some sort of advantage to using an internal drive?
     
  7. MikeTheC Guest

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    Well, why not just take the HDD out and make it a 3rd internal drive?

    Also, you can only boot to external drives (CD/DVD or HDD) if they're connected via FireWire. Bear that in mind.
     
  8. imacfreak85 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I couldnt put it as an internal because my G5 only has two internal bays. And now I just bought an iMac, so I really need an external. So, is there a difference between an internal drive in an external case, and just buying an external HD (like the LaCie drive)?
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    only PPC can boot from fw. the new intels can boot from both fw and usb. :)
     

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