Differnce between this OWC and Icy Dock dual enclosure?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tilpots, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Tilpots macrumors 601

    Tilpots

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    Besides the price, what's the difference between these 2 enclosures? Looking into these for a HTPC setup. Not sure I'll go the dual enclosure route, but trying to figure out what the $80 discrepancy is??? Also, let me know if you have any positives/negatives to share with either. Thanks!


    ICY DOCK MB662UEAB-2S Aluminum 2 Bay SATA to Firewire 400/800 (1394a/b) / USB 2.0 RAID 0, 1 & JBOD Enclosure for Mac & PC - Retail

    or From Icy Dock's site


    OWC Mercury Elite-AL FireWire 800/400 + USB2 Pro Hardware RAID Dual-Drive Enclosure
     
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    OWCs case lacks the removal drive sleds.

    If its not important to you, then not a big deal.

    OWC has excellent customer support and stands behind their products.

    FWIW, either of those are kinda loud since they have fans. =(

    HTPC doesnt need FW800 at all, USB2 is more than enough...

    EDIT: how much storage are you looking for? Heres 2TB for $190 AR, even with FW800.

    Nice thing about single bay cases = no fans = no noise.

    heres a really good HTPC setup guide from OWC.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/articles/mediacenter
     
  3. Tilpots thread starter macrumors 601

    Tilpots

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    ^^Thanks for the info. Yeah, fan noise might be an issue. I was thinking about putting two of the WD Caviar Green 1TB drives in the enclosure hoping it might limit the heat and fan issues. I do want FW800 for recording and watching TV shows at the same time via Elgato's Hybrid. From what I've read, USB 2 wouldn't cut it. No personal experience, just hours of research.:)

    Space was also a factor in loooking into these enclosures. I'm looking for a small form factor and as little clutter as possible. 1 TB would be used for my movies, music, pictures and TV recordings, the second drive would be a backup of the first. I also have a 500 GB G-Tech drive as an additional backup (for music, movies and pics) that I'd only back up to on occasion and store off site.
     

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