External 3.5 disk enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by efunk, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. efunk macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    I'm buying Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB 32Mb disk tomorrow. Searched a lot for USB + Firewire disk enclosures lately and I think I'll go with Macally products. I just can't decide and actually don't know the difference between them. Which one is newer/better? I'll be using it for information storage (Music, Videos, Photos, etc.) with my Macbook trough firewire 400 port.
    Thanks in advance.

    PHR-100AC or ECO-350UA

    P.S. If anyone feels like advising some other product, please feel free to do so. :)
  2. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    I've had great experience with Otherworldcomputing's brand of external enclosures. A bit pricey, but definitely worth it.
  3. vultureboy70 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    San Francisco
    Make sure you're getting the right enclosure for the right type of hard drive. I could be wrong, but your enclosure links are ATA/IDE. And the Samsung Spinpoint F1 is SATA.
  4. efunk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    I think ATA is the same as Serial ATA (SATA). Or am I wrong? buddyguyman thanks, I'll look into it.
  5. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    They are NOT the same! ATA = IDE connector. SATA = well SATA connector lol. I hope my response isnt too late! Anyways Im in the same boat as you, I want to get a 500gb HD with a sweet external enclosure...I'd take a look @ this Macally enclosure from Newegg! Its only $35 and has great reviews! And it supports USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and even eSATA so its future proof!
    It looks very "mac-like" too!
  6. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2007
    Right now I'm a bit hesitant to recommend macally enclosures. I have two PHR-100AF enclosures for some ide drives I had. its a FW400 only drive and supposedly is daisychainable. This is untrue. Anytime I daisy chain them they go all wonky and wont work work at all on my macbook. As long as only one is used its fine. I called macally and they said they should work fine and to return them to newegg. I swapped both enclosures for new ones at newegg and the same thing happens.


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