External hard drive enclosure decision?

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

  1. andymac85 macrumors newbie

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    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?

    Thanks
     
  2. Hudgie macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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