Enclosure for replaced MB HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by coachingguy, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. coachingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    I just upgraded my MB HD from 80 gig to 160 gig, yea! Can anyone recommend an enclosure for the old HD? I've looked all over, OWC, NewEgg etc... I can't tell why (besides the power supply) one enclosure is $6.99 (newegg) and others cost $100 +/-.

    What are the assembled MacRumors masses using?


  2. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Enclosures vary based on the type of drive they accept (SATA vs PATA/IDE), physical size of the drive (3.5" vs 2.5"), the interface (USB, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, eSata), and the materials used to make the enclosure (plastic vs, aluminum).

    Cheaper USB enclosures often need additional power (ie multiple USB ports) in order to work.

    OWC makes some nice enclosures for a 2.5" SATA drive like the one from your MB.

    The USB interface version is only $29:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item-specials/Other World Computing/MOTGSU2/

    I like the Firewire models for speed and lack of power issues, but they are almost always more expensive:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item-specials/Other World Computing/MOTGFWU2/

    I used the USB one for my Daughter's old drive, and it works great...

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