Best external enclosure solution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bedrock22, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. bedrock22 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2004

    I've got 3 computers I'm selling off: a laptop, a PC workstation, and my old powermac g5. After selling these I'll have 3 HD's that'll need an external enclosure solution for when I upgrade to a new macbook pro.

    Can anyone recommend some solid, EXCELLENT enclosures for SATA and IDE drives. I think I'll have 1 IDE and 2 SATA drives that'll need enclosures. I may not even use the IDE drive anymore.

    My friend lives by Macally enclosures, and uses them exclusively. But when I go to newegg I just see heaps upon heaps of enclosures and I'm not sure which is more reputable than the next... hoping to get some advice from fellow mac laptop users.

  2. BrittQ macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
  3. bedrock22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2004
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2007
    Can see the end of the Earth from here
    The OWC enclosures are very, very nice, especially if you're doing your own RAID. That notwithstanding, for a single drive they are nice but rather pricey.

    I have used them as well as MacAlly, who makes some really nice USB & USB/FW enclosures for a lot less money.

    If it's something I'm just dragging around to back up or share files with, I would go with the MacAlly. If you want a nice looking enclosure that's cosmetically nice, go with the OWC.

    I have an OWC multiple drive enclosure for a RAID array on my iMac, and even though it looks like a miniature Mac Pro, it still fits in nicely. My MacAlly enclosures are sitting around on shelves and pulled off as they are needed.


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