External enclosure for backup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SeRgIo_42, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. SeRgIo_42 macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2004
    Hi all,

    Two years ago I bought an external enclosure (from Bytecc) and
    setup a sweet 200Gb 7200rpm mostly for backup data.
    At that time I did not have intention to let this unit
    on all the time therefore noise was not an issue.

    Now things are quite different. I need something sitting on my
    desk for immediate use and there are so many options out there
    which made me ask for you help. I noticied that
    there are fanless units (and others with smart fans) which
    seem to be the best enclosures to have around.

    At this time, I am not inclined to get an external HD
    because I could upgrade the hard drive later, if needed.

    So, what are your suggestions ? What do you use for backup ?

    All input highly appreciated,

  2. Chisholm macrumors regular


    May 31, 2002
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I use external Firewire enclosures from Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) at work for imaging and maintaining a Final Cut Pro lab. Love these units and they are quiet. My first external drive was a Maxtor which died. Wasn't a big deal until I took it apart to replace the hard drive. It was proprietary and wouldn't work. BTW, OWC has Seagate 250 GB 7200rpm drives with 5 year warranty for $118. That's all I will use these days.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW912U2/
  3. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    newegg was selling 320gb drives for 120$...but I'm not sure if that sale is still going on.
  4. gunm macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006
    I'm getting an AMS Venus IDE USB 2.0 enclosure w/80mm fan from newegg. These are reasonably priced, have good reviews and are supposedly pretty quiet. They have other models, too, with fanless or smaller fans, SATA-compatibility, etc..
  5. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    If you're looking for a HDD, there are better deals available if you look around.

    For example, Circuit City is selling a 300GB Seagate HDD for $179.99 - $80 mail-in rebate = $99.99


    They also have a 200GB Seagate for $149.99 - $80 mail-in rebate = $69.99


    Outpost.com is selling a 400GB Seagate for $209.99 - $50 mail-in rebate = $159.99

  6. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    I like circuit city!!! I got some internal HD's there to put in external enclosures. the ones they had one sale/with rebates when i got mine were for maxtor 160GB drives. They ended up costing 50 + tax after rebates. I ended up getting two and putting them in external enclosures.

    They seem to work just fine
  7. SeRgIo_42 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2004
    Thanks for the comments and links.

    The HD choices are all good but how about enclosures ?

    There are quite a few out there and I am looking for something
    quiet (or, at least, quieter than the HD). Even those units made for
    mac minis seems to be ok but I did not find many user comments
    about them. The good thing about them is the reduced size
    and sort of nice style. My Bytecc enclosure is really ugly.

    Anyway, I will check the OWC link, Chisholm.

  8. sw1tcher macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
  9. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    Rosewill RX30-U2A -- USB and Firewire

    I have this model, and I really like it. It looks good, and functions very well (mine has the oxford 911 chipset). The only issue with it is the power plug will fall out way too easy if you handle it. It is not a problem for me as I never move it :)


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