Firewire Enclosure for a 2.5" SATA drive

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  1. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    I can't find any anywhere. Do they even exist?
     
  2. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Bought one just today.

    Firewire, USB, SATA, self-powered.

    MacAlly PHR-S250CC - looking at the box right now.

    Paid 50 CAD for it at Simply Computing in Vancouver. They have no more though.

    Cheers.
     
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  4. DHart macrumors 6502

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    Other World Computing is the Mac user's best friend...
    look here:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/External-Enclosures/

    When buying enclosures, make sure the enclosure is rated to accept the capacity (e.g. 250 mg) of the hard drive you plan to put in it. I learned this lesson the hard way. I also highly recommend going with a Firewire interface rather than USB 2.0. Firewire (even FW 400) is noticibly faster than USB 2.0!

    This one is a super option to house your 2.5" SATA drive:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MSTG800U2K/

    If you want to go cheap and can live with USB 2.0 speeds, this is a great option:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MOTGSU2/
     
  5. chris001 macrumors regular

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    why spend soo much money on a hard drive case????

    GO TO EBAY and buy one there. they are like $1 from like hk/china and shippin gis like $10. they work just the same and arn't bad.

    also, firewire 1/400 is NOT faster than USB 2.0
    firewire transfers at 400kbs where USB 2.0 transfers at 480kbs

    besides that... go to ebay. or ncix.com or anitec.ca simply computing is a rip off
     
  6. DHart macrumors 6502

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    Chris, you are wrong on this... in REAL WORLD TESTS, FW400 is SIGNIFICANTLY quicker than USB 2.0 due to peer-to-peer architecture vs. USB 2's master-slave architecture.

    Firewire 400 is up to 70% faster than USB 2.0 in read tests and up to 48% faster in write tests. Google it, dude... many sources will confirm that Firewire 400 IS significantly faster than USA 2.0. Just use the two interfaces yourself and you WILL notice a significant speed difference.

    Ideally you want a drive with both Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 for convenience sake, and you'll use the FW interface whenever possible - if you're a Mac user (Firewire rules on Macs), you've got Firewire connectivity and that's the interface you should always use whenever possible. But if you think you can save money by foregoing the FW interface on a drive enclosure, be forewarned that you will suffer a significant speed loss along with that money saving.
     
  7. w8ing4intelmacs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i want a firewire enclosure but they're all around $80-$100 or more. why? my old firewire ide drive enclosure was only around $25.

    lol. no offense, but you're showing that you're a newbie :)
     
  8. chris001 macrumors regular

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    sorry guys. you're right. i thought i edited my last post about that..

    my bad.
    firewire > usb 2.0
     
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  10. DHart macrumors 6502

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    live4ever... that Macally enclosure (I love their mini mice, BTW!) looks like its by far the best bet for low price... but if one planned to use the drive for much transport/portability, I'd go with the little shirt-pocket sized OWC case, otherwise I don't see much reason in spending the extra money.
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I have this one and all I can say is this enclosure rocks.

    I use FW for two reasons - speed and single port powered. Every USB enclosure I had tried in the past wanted to use 2 USB ports to draw power, this is quite the issue on the MBP CD where one USB port is on either side.
     
  12. DHart macrumors 6502

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    kingjr3.... it's not cheap, but sure is sweeeeet!
     
  13. w8ing4intelmacs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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