Hard Drive Enclosures that look like Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Aboo, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Forum Members,

    I have been searching through the internet looking for a comprehensive list of sorts, but to no avail. Having perused through the various set up threads in the picture gallery, I noticed that many members have external hard drive enclosures that markedly resemble the mac pro desktop. I was interested in purchasing one for myself, but didn't know of very many. Thus far, these are the ones I've got:

    Mac Power Pleaides
    Macally
    Rosewil

    I am sure there are many more, especially manufacturers of multi-HD enclosures. I was hoping to get your input to get some ideas of other manufacturers to consider.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Go to http://www.macsales.com they have a few closures that match the look of the Mac Pro. I'm guessing they are the ones you've seen.

    I believe OWC makes them.

    Cheers.
     
  3. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Check out Iomega's site... they have some nice enclosures that closely resemble the Mac or Mac Pro look... however, I think you have to purchase them *with* the drives installed.

    The UltraMax Pro looks like a good choice, and appears that the hard drives can be swapped out for your own.

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  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    As does CineRAID. They also offer some larger models with this appearance, for up to 12 drives. :eek: ;)
     
  6. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    Don't buy iomega... I used to use one. One of the HDs in it died, leaving the other one so I phoned iomega support who told me they would not replace just the drive, you have to send the entire unit in where they will send you another one (read: completely formatted and empty). Was I supposed to just say goodbye to the 1TB of data on the remaining drive?

    At the time I didn't have anywhere else to put it, so I just had to give up and buy a new drive myself. I've since moved on to a drobo which has brought its own problems :)

    Any company that will not just accept the dead component back when it is so easy to access is not one that I can recommend dealing with.
     
  7. MTI macrumors 65816

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    From the earliest days of computer data storage, that's what backing up is for. ;)

    As for Iomega's policy . . . I really can't fault them for wanting all of their product back, not just the bits. Is Apple's policy much different if say, a hard drive in a Mini fails?
     
  8. Aboo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to all or the replies. I will look into these options.
     
  9. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    It sounds like he already had the data backed up on one of the drives in the Iomega device. I guess he could have backed THAT up as well, but then where does the trail of backups end?
     
  10. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    The data was backed up... onto the drive that failed :p

    And that is not the same thing. Have you ever tried to get the HD out of a Mac Mini - it's very difficult. Getting the HD out of the iomega was as simple as undoing 2 screws and sliding out the HD draw, it is designed to be accessible.
     
  11. MTI macrumors 65816

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    I really don't believe in only having backups on things that spin or in just one place, whether it's been floppy discs, streaming tape, RAID drives . . . for documents and media, it has to be on at least two places.

    As for removing 2 screws . . . I'm sure you have to be aware of all the mischief that can happen when you give a consumer access to hand tools. ;)

    Having dealt with "customers" whose depth of knowledge merely made them dangerous, their eyes seem to glaze over when I mention things like torx anti-tamper fasteners, anti-static procedures and all the other procedures that typical consumers bypass.
     
  12. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    At least if these are used, most consumers can't even get into the device. :p
     
  13. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Or there's a lot of metallic "scar tissue" from them trying. ;)
     
  14. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    There's always a few hard heads. ;) It's just that the technical support departments has to deal with all of them. :p
     
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