External Enclosure help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kvasir, May 16, 2009.

  1. kvasir macrumors regular

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    Hey all,

    I'm looking at three different enclosures for a bootable backup via SuperDuper and video/audio storage. I'm going with a 1TB Western Digital Green drive with two partitions. Speed of backups is NOT a concern, but I don't want to wait to copy video and video. USB is fast, but will I see any benefit by paying twice as much for FireWire 800? I've done an exhaustive Google search and benchmark results are mixed. I think the Macally enclosure looks better and the Rosewill enclosure has been said to be difficult to take apart. Is it worth the extra $20-40 for Firewire 800? Any personal experiences?

    Macally eSATA/USB 2.0/FireWire400 $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817347017

    Macally eSATA/USB 2.0/FireWire400/800 $80.99 ($74.99 after coupon)
    http://www.buy.com/prod/macally-g-s350suab-3-5-hard-drive-enclosure-storage-enclosure-1-x-3-5/q/loc/101/209902137


    Rosewill eSATA/USB 2.0/FireWire400/800 $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182123
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    #2
    The usefulness of the FW 800 depends on what you currently have for gear and what your future needs might be.
     
  3. schweinsteiger macrumors member

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    watch out

    I liked the Macally enclosure lookwise. When I got a new one, I opted for the FW800 version even though it's more expensive. Especially since the new MacPro only has FW800.

    There seems to be a persistent problem with the power supplies for Macally enclosures.

    See this thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=7670412#post7670412
     
  4. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Europe
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    Hi,
    did you finally buy the Macally enclosure ? I'm also thinking about buying the fw 800 one

    If yes, do you have problems with the power supply ?

    Thanks,
    Tex
     

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