External Hard Drive Enclosure Case ~brand

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Rt&Dzine, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    Hi everyone. I know there are already threads about external drive cases, but I can't figure out if some of the problems I've read about (specifically Macally) will affect this particular hard drive. It will be used as an extra system backup.

    Trying to decide between:

    Macally – Good price, but reported power issues.
    Icy Dock – Good price, but reported flimsy power cord connection that falls out easily. Also issues with Firewire 800?
    OWC (Mercury Elite AL-Pro) – Most expensive.

    Has anyone used the WD 6400 AAKS with any of these brands? Any comments welcome. Thanks.
  2. Rt&Dzine thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    In case (haha) anyone else is in a similar predicament . . .

    I think I'm going to go with Macally. The power issues appear to be with 1T drives and larger. And if worse comes to worse, one reviewer solved that problem by using this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VE7GQQ/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk

    Plus, I'm a sucker for the miniature Mac Pro case design. :eek:
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Personally I'd go with whatever is cheapest that has an Oxford 911/924 chipset.
  4. Rt&Dzine thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    Thanks. I can't seem to find what chipset Macally uses in their cases. OWC uses 911 and Icy Dock uses 924.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    FWIW, I recently purchased the new Icy Dock dual drive enclosure with USB/FW/eSATA for use as RAID 0 setup with my mac mini HTPC via FW 800 and couldn't be happier.

    Installation of the two 1 TB drives (Seagate) is a snap--screwless, just slide into each bay. No RAID controller required, type of configuration is setup with switches on the back. Enclosure is very quiet and fan speed is adjustable via dial on back. Design complement mini nicely, no issues with power cord or with FW 800 connectivity. I have the mini networked with an :apple:TV and a MacBook and transfer speeds seem very snappy though I admittedly don't have any data to back it up other than I previously used a WD external hooked up via USB to a time capsule and lag when starting a stream from this external to the :apple:TV is significantly less now than before.
  6. cgiugliano27 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2009
    Heavens Waiting Room
    external enclosure

    I saw this one on cooldrives.com and it has a oxford 934 chipset (FW800x2, FW400x1, duolink esata/usb 2.0 with an internal fan) for $89.99!!! www.cooldrives.com/ox93saiihadr.html

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