building an external HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rbroady, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. rbroady macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007

    I plan to build an external HD and looking for some suggestions,

    I would like an enclosure that looks similair to the mac pro enclosure. i know ive seen them before but cannot find them online.

    as far as ATA drives what are the most affordable/reliable

    does connecting SATA get expensive/difficult or would FW or USB2.0 be better?

    thanks for the help!
  2. JHacker macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    East Coast

    Look at the Mercury AL drives from

    I have a single and dual enclosure and they rock. Bought the single with a drive from them - put 2 drives from newegg into the dual enclosure. Piece of cake. The dual enclosure that's $119 has firewire 400/800/USB. As far as I've read - SATA and 800 are similar in speed so I would go with that enclosure.
  3. rbroady thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    sorry one more thing, is it possible to take my HD out of my emac and throw into the enclosure?

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