External Enclosure for multiple drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by andcraig, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. andcraig macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know of any external drive enclosures to fit 2+ SATA drives?

    I don't want one that only does RAID, all of my disks are different sizes.

    USB or firewire, preferably with a fan.

    any suggestions?
     
  2. hfg macrumors 68040

    hfg

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    would the DROBO work?

    Sounds like the DROBO drive enclosure would suite your needs. It provides 4 disk slots and USB 2.0 interface. You can hot swap any size SATA disks you have around, and it will create a redundant data store (not really RAID) to protect your data from the failure of a single drive. The disks do not have to be the same size, but it helps. Somewhat expensive at $500, but pretty nice.

    -howard
     
  3. moworks2 macrumors member

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    Here are some ideas...some are kinda pricey...

    Here's a cnet review of a drobo that hfg mentioned above...
    http://reviews.cnet.com/hard-drives/drobo/4505-3186_7-32470303.html

    http://cooldrives.stores.yahoo.net/sataenclosures.html

    http://www.wiebetech.com//home2.php


    if you have the ability to use esata controller cards these are good options...will give you faster speeds than firewire and usb as well...

    http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/sata/BurlyPortMultiEncl.php

    http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Norco Technologies/DS500N/

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Stardom/ST66005SS2/

    http://www.wiebetech.com/products/silversata.php

    http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/sata/CalDigit_S2VR.php

    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fusion.html
     
  4. Idle Hands macrumors newbie

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    How about

    OWC Mercury Elite
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW924AL2K/

    This one has FW 800, 400, and USB 2.0, you can install 2 HDD and use them as two separate drives by changing the jumper in the enclosure, you can also span or have them in raid 0 if you decide later on, it also has a small fan in the back. If you have a macbook pro or mac pro, it'll match perfectly, although if I were to get one, I would airbrush OWC Mercury Elite Pro off and replace it with an :apple: logo.

    I was also looking at the ministack v3 and guardian maximus as well, I'll decide soon enough, good luck with your decision.
     

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