Firewire 800 or eSATA External Enclosure for Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dark Lord, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Dark Lord macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2008
    I am stuck trying to decide which external enclosure interface I should go with to backup my MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo (Santa Rosa) using Time Machine. I’ve narrowed it down between Firewire 800 and eSATA. I know that you can’t boot off eSATA like you can with Firewire, but I don’t need that option since Time Machine doesn’t support a bootable backup. I also know that “theoretically” eSATA is faster than Firewire 800 since there’s no encapsulation. I am only using about 50GB out of my 120GB internal hard drive.

    Here are my options:

    Fantom GF500Q 500GB Quad interface (USB, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, and eSATA)
    Price $150

    Fantom G-Force GF500EU 500GB USB and eSATA
    Price $105
    Rosewill ExpressCard/34 Card
    Price $20
  2. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    I don't like any of your options. I have two of these:

    Newer Tech MiniStack v3. It's eSATA/FW800/400/USB2.0.
    YMMV though.

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