Help finding an external HD enclosure (sata to firewire/usb)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BEASTMAN, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. BEASTMAN macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2005
    I am looking for an external enclosure that uses 2.5" SATA HD and has firewire and usb, I cant find a cheap one to save my life, I have seen sata to usb and esata for as cheap as like $15 but these are way too expensive for just an enclosure

    These are the ones I have found so far World Computing/MSTG800U2K/

    I would prefer one like the second but doesnt matter too much

    Anyone have any ideas where I can find a cheap one?
  2. BuckWright macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2004
    Try this
  3. MajereXYU macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    Vantec makes really good enclosures. The Nexstar series is particularly good. Great build quality, performs as advertised and great connectivity options (USB 2.0 and eSATA) all in a nice-looking aluminum enclosure.
    You have to use a SATA drive, which is becoming less and less of a problem, given the predominance of SATA drives at retailers.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    CompUSA still has a variety of choices starting at $25 - $35 for a case with FW and USB.

    I didn't have an 2.5" SATA so I slapped my older PM drive in one of their cheap FW cases. Of course they are still local here, so that instant gratification helps.

    Sort of odd that they carry more FW on cases and optical drives than they do here on their complete external HDs (like vary between zero and 1 model depending on stock.)
  5. BEASTMAN thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2005
    1st post- thanks but thats for an ide hard drive not sata

    2nd- will look into those brands but u listeed usb and sata out only I need firewire in there

    3rd- compusa by me has closed will check their website

    Anyone else know of any?


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