HD Enclosure Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ribbonthecat, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

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    I need to buy a new enclosure for media storage and a scratch drive for Photoshop, and so forth. I've been thinking about this one:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW924AL2OB/

    I don't actually need so much storage, but this enclosure is not very much more expensive than a single drive enclosure. Would I be able to install just one hard-drive into this, and have the second one as a future option? Or would it be worth it to install two smaller disks and put them into a RAID 0 configuration.

    I guess I should ask for advice about HDs as well. Which brand, where to get them, etc.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yes you can install just one HD into it. This enclosure has multiple option for RAID and non-raid.

    500gb is the best deal right now (around $100 shipped with 3-5 year warranty). If you can afford it, 750GB is around $165, which is not much more than the per GB price of the 500gb drive. 1TB drives are typically way too much right now though.

    As to HD, I would get them with 5 year warranty if possible. Don't get one with just 1 year warranty. 3 year is ok.

    For awhile OWC had 500gb for $100, haven't seen it for the past 2 months, but search "500gb sata" on that or on your favorite shopping comparison site.
     

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