Hard drive enclosure

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 5piN, May 9, 2011.

  1. 5piN macrumors member

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    .....Now I have my iMac on the way I'm just planning the migration from my Win7 box....

    Anybody have any recommendations for enclosure that I can put my SATA data drive in?

    USB or Firewire....
     
  2. Nanker/Phelge macrumors regular

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    I'd wait for a TB drive enclosure...but that's just me.
     
  3. wacomme macrumors regular

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    Realistically, when can we expect to see TB drive enclosures?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    During this quarter, many OEMs have said Q2.
     
  5. MrWillie macrumors 65816

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    Why put an old hard drive in a TB enclosure? His hard drive is limiting his bandwidth, not the USB 2.0 port. Now a SSD raid array on the other hand...
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    USB 2.0 has maximum bandwidth of about 35MB/s in real world. Any relatively modern hard drive can deliver greater speeds than that.
     
  7. wirelessness macrumors 6502

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    The FW800 port is more than adequate to connect a mechanical hard disk. If you just want to migrate data I would go that route. There is always something useful you can to do with a good USB/FW800 enclosure.

    One advantage to waiting for the TB enclosures though, would be the daisy chaining capabilities...so in theory you could still connect your mechanical hard drives for storage and backup use as well as the new smoking fast SATA III SSD drives hitting the market now.

    I wouldn't wait for TB to get a good backup solution in place though.
     

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