External hard drive enclosure decision?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by andymac85, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. andymac85 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2006
    Well, I've decided I want maximum compatibility, so I'm going for a quad interface enclosure (eSATA, USB 2.0, FW 400/800). It will be used with different machines: my PC, my G4, random G5s, and random MacPros. I've pretty much narrowed it down to this one (maybe w/o the software -$10) and this one.

    Both have the Oxford 924 Chipset, priced about the same, etc. Only real difference is looks, the miniStack can serve as a USB hub, and the minStack doesn't come with the eSATA cable (which isn't a big deal as I don't even have an eSATA card at the moment).

    Really, I'm looking for anyone w/experience with either of these.

    It'll be paired to a 500GB(for now) SATA 3.0Gb/s drive (another decision I have to make).

    Any ideas?

  2. Hudgie macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I don't have experience with the V3, but the Ministack v2 is very good, with a fan taht only goes on when needed, etc.
  3. andymac85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2006
    I decided on the OWC model, paired with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s.

    Have yet to hook it up through eSATA, but it flies on firewire 800.
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I've got the Mercury Pro AL with a triple interface, and I like it much better than my Mercury Pro enclosures.
  5. jhkingsr macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2007

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