Hard Drive Enclosures?`

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Waterbelly, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Waterbelly macrumors newbie

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    Can you tell me if USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosures are compatible with Mac?

    and if only certain ones are can you point me in the right directions to them?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There's no special Apple magic. Any USB 2.0 enclosure is fine. I'm fond of Vantec ones right now.
     
  3. Waterbelly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you. So it doesnt matter what hard drive? just a random one?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Any brand is fine. I've used Maxtor and Western Digital pre-built ones.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  6. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    Is using a IDE Hard Drive over FW400 slower than a SATA HD over FW400? or not really because of the FW400 bottleneck? would the same apply to FW800?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    FW400 is going to be the bottleneck.

    FW800 has less of a chance of a bottleneck but there shouldn't be any using it.
     
  8. TheHoff macrumors 6502

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    I'd say both IDE AND SATA are going to saturate a FW 800. I think to notice the difference between IDE and SATA you'd have to be on an eSATA external Expresscard port (which of course wouldn't take the IDE).
     
  9. durruti macrumors regular

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    my recommendation

    i was looking at enclosures last night.

    for SATA:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/NP35SFW/
    might wanna do some research on the Oxford 934 chipset though.

    ADVANTAGES:
    -better money/GB for HD
    1 TB max. (on paper)
    -power connector style. less chance of pin damage compared to the other style
    -FIREWIRE 400 only. no other BS. connectors. tried and true.

    for IDE:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/NP35FW/
    tried and true Oxford 911+ chipset from my memory...

    ADVANTAGES:
    -power connector style. less chance of pin damage compared to the other style
    -FIREWIRE 400 only. no other BS. connectors. tried and true.

    DISADVANTAGES:
    -750 GB max. limit. (on paper)
    -less money/GB ratio compared to SATA

    for HD:
    Any IDE or SATA from Newegg with FREE SHIPPING. I like Samsung and Seagate ones. I'd probably get the 1 TB SATA Samsung one for best money/GB ratio.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014 50001305&name=Seagate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014 50001077&name=SAMSUNG
     

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