External SATA Harddrive Enclosure?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EnterTheSwamp, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. EnterTheSwamp macrumors member

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    I have a 1 TB WD 7200rpm SATA HDD in my PC that I wanted to take out and use as an external drive now that I have joined the MAC family with my purchase of the iMAC. Which do you reccomend?
     
  2. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    OWC sells a bunch of them, but I got mine when purchasing a drive from them.

    Many OWC enclosures have FW800 which IMHO is about the fastest you will find for Mac's since they do not yet support eSATA. Also I like the fact you get all cables the device supports so you're not looking for something else just to make it work.

    Just remembered. Take a look at their Voyager Series, especially the Q model. If you clone it correctly you can even boot off these clones. Just pop a drive into it 2.5 or 3.5 and off you go.:cool:
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "I have a 1 TB WD 7200rpm SATA HDD in my PC that I wanted to take out and use as an external drive now that I have joined the MAC family with my purchase of the iMAC. Which do you reccomend?"

    $30 will get you one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Syba-Connecla...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253062702&sr=1-22

    Even if you eventually buy a "full external enclosure", having a docking station around can be very handy sometimes. Just plug in whatever drive you have laying around and off you go.

    I have one and it works fine -- you can even boot from these if you need to.
     
  4. EnterTheSwamp thread starter macrumors member

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    Fishrman,
    I am not entirely sure that I know what I am looking at. Does the HDD stick out of the docking station? Would I then connect the USB cable to my imac? Would that be faster than FW800?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "I am not entirely sure that I know what I am looking at. Does the HDD stick out of the docking station?"

    Yes.

    "Would I then connect the USB cable to my imac?"

    Yes.

    "Would that be faster than FW800?"

    No. FW800 will be considerably faster, but it will cost considerably more.

    Other World Computing _does_ have a "SATA docking station" that has USB2, FW400, FW800, and eSATA, but it costs about $80. Check their site for the "Voyager" series.
     
  6. Bmaintz macrumors member

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    There must be a good "YouTube" somewhere that goes through the steps???
     
  7. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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