External Enclosure - IDE/ATA or SATA?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by FanOfMac, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. FanOfMac macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2008
    Fellow forumites:

    I have a little dilemma. Here goes. I am looking to purchase a two hard drive RAID enclosure. There are two options that I am looking at as follows:

    1. OWC Mercury Elite-AL 800 Pro RAID FireWire 800 1394B Dual-Drive Enclosure Kit for up to Two IDE/ATA Hard Disk Drives.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW912AL2/


    2. OWC Mercury Elite-AL FireWire 800/400 + USB2 Pro Hardware RAID Dual-Drive Enclosure Kit for up to Two SATA Hard Disk Drives.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW924AL2K/

    Choice #1 is for IDE/ATA drives. This might be nice since I already have a 500 GB Seagate Barracuda IDE drive for this. So, I would only need to purchase one more drive. Plus this enclosure has hardware RAID 1 (mirroring).

    Choice #2 is for SATA drives. This option would require that I purchase two more drives. Also, it lacks hardware RAID 1 (mirroring), though it can be implemented at software level.

    Question: Considering IDE/ATA drives are older technology, does it make sense to purchase a IDE/ATA drive for 'choice #1'? Or is the SATA option in 'choice #2' really better?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and opinions.

  2. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I would personally not invest in any more PATA drives at this point... Just my opinion...
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Agreed. The IDE has resale value now, so I'd sell it off. In a year, it's going to be hard to get the recycler to take it (okay, so that's a gross exaggeration :eek:, but you get the idea).
  4. FanOfMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2008
    Check Out $189.99 1 TB Seagate Barracuda Drives

    Thanks pastrychef and techound1!! I appreciate your thoughts. I've decided to go with SATA 3.0 for my new drives; I just picked up two 1 TB Seagate Barracuda drives from Bestbuy for $189.99 each; they just went on sale today. I will keep my Seagate Barracuda 500 GB IDE drive in a separate enclosure for my Time Machine backups. The drive is a year old and runs great, so can not see selling it.

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