Firewire 400 enclosures with SATA 6GB/s available in UK?

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  1. navigator4, Aug 24, 2011
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    navigator4 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking for a durable and reliable external enclosure for a WD Caviar Black 2TB (7200 RPM) 3.5" SATA 6GB/s 64MB HD.

    My laptop is a MacBook 2,1 white 13 inch (probably late 2006) and these only have two USB 2.0 ports and a Firewire 400 port, so the enclosure will need to have a Firewire 400 connector.

    The only ones I can find are the Addonics AE5SACSUF which is difficult to obtain in the UK, and the Startech SAT3510U2FGB:

    http://uk.startech.com/HDD/Enclosures/35in-USB-FireWire-SATA-External-Hard-Drive-Enclosure~SAT3510U2FGB

    Does anyone know of others that aren't too expensive?

    Any ideas appreciated. :)


    MacBook 2,1 white 13-inch, Mac OS X 10.6.3 2GHz, Intel Core Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but a SataIII hard drive like the one you have is back-compatible with any of the previous Sata generations. So you can use any Sata firewire enclosure with it. Besides, FW400 speed makes the enhanced speed of the hard drive not matter.
     
  3. navigator4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks for taking the time to reply.

    Just to clarify, you are saying that whatever 3.5" FW400 enclosure I get, no matter whether it's designed for SATA, SATA II or III HDDs, the overall speed of my set up is going to end up being basically the same ?

    BTW I'm intending to use this external HDD as the primary drive from which I'll be opening and saving Logic Pro 9 projects on a daily basis so that's why I am considering the speed factor.


    MacBook 2,1 white 13-inch, Mac OS X 10.6.3 2GHz, Intel Core Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD
     
  4. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    FW400 maxes out at around 50MB/s, so even the original 1.5 gigabit (about 150MB/s) SATA will be more than it can handle.
     

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