Best FireWire 800 enclosure for 1Tb Hitachi drive

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  1. Gjardharr macrumors newbie

    Gjardharr

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    Two weeks ago I've purchased a brand new 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in order to use it as an external media and TM backups storage. But both MacAlly G-S350SUA and Thermaltake ST0008 enclosures won't works flawlessly with my drive inside: the disk mounts and works fine until I leave it to itself. Then, whilst trying to copy any file to the disk, Finder will stop and report a '-50 error'. No way to make it back to work or even unmount. If I try to unmount it twice or so, Finder crashes.
    So, I suppose, the problem lies in the power supply of these enclosures. I'm looking forward to your advice, guys: what external enclosure with FW-800 should I try with my Hitachi drive? What is your experience?
     
  2. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    -50 paramErr Error in user parameter list

    How are you sure it's the power supply? Personally, I would first look at the hard drive itself. Try to zero out the data and see what happens. If it fails after a certain point, it's the hard drive. If it doesn't fail, reformat and try transferring again.

    PS: Zeroing out the data takes a nice long time, especially on a 1TB drive. You should do it overnight.
     
  3. Gjardharr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Already performed zeroing and reformatting (FAT, HFS and HFS+), no failures. Also, tested it as the second HDD at my friend's PC desktop and it worked just fine.
     
  4. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    How odd! I'm still not sold on the power supply theory, but that's not the point. Are both of these enclosures new?

    I bought this (at the bottom) last year and it's a very good performer. It has both FW800 and eSATA so if you ever want to upgrade it's always an option. Currently I use it for periodic backups since I upgraded to a Guardian Maximus.



    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW924AL1K/
     
  5. Gjardharr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, they are. I purchased MacAlly box online and waited two weeks of shipping just to find out this issue. Then I purchased Thermaltake at a local store and now I'm going to return it.

    Thanks for your recommendation. Just another two weeks of waiting...
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I've been running a Rosewill enclosure for about a year, almost 24/7, with a 750 Seagate. Last week, I swapped in a 1TB WD Caviar Black. Still running fine. Comes with cables and metal stand. No temp problems with it and it's fanless.

    Based on that experience (and that of one of their 2.5" FW800 enclosures), I'd recommend that model. OWC is also at the top of my short list.
     
  7. Gjardharr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Damn it! None of them is shipping to Russia! I have no idea, what to do now...
     

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