HELP! Would like to build an external HD...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drummerboy03, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. drummerboy03 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    I currently have two 400gb seagate external hd's daisy chained by firewire, with one firewire 400 cable connecting them to my MBP.

    I do a lot of video editing and I am in need of more HD space (want to expand to 1TB, possibly 2TB), but don't want to have multiple HD cables/power cables to worry about. I will be selling my two 400gb externals to my sister.

    I have been told that building a hd with an enclosure and SATA drive is easy and would be the best option for my backup needs.. what are the advantages to this? cost/speed?

    I am looking at these HD options:
    Seagate 1TB

    Samsung 1TB

    and these enclosures:

    Rosewill(one drive):

    Macally(one drive):

    OWC Mercury Elite(dual drive): World Computing/MEFW924AL2K/

    does anyone have any recommendations? If i decide to go with two 1TB drives I would choose the dual drive enclosure. Otherwise I will most likely just build a 1TB drive with the Rosewill or Macally enclosure.

    Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks,
  2. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    also what connection should i use on my MBP? the USB 2.0 or the Firewire 400?
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have the FW800 Rosewill with a Seagate 750GB SATA in it. Works great.

    I liked it enough to also buy their FW800 2.5" case.
  5. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    my MBP only has a FW400 port... is FW400 faster than USB2.0?
    or just FW800 is faster than USB2.0?
  6. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    is it pretty straightforward to connect a SATA drive up to the enclosure? I've never done it before, but consider myself a fast learner... will i have any trouble hooking it up?

    i am leaning towards the macally enclosure (becuase it's $30 cheaper than the Rosewill) and the 1TB Seagate drive. any thoughts?
  7. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
  8. -SD- macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Peterborough, UK
    I have an IcyDock MB561US-4S connected to the Mac Mini media server: the iServe and iRaid. It's a very well built enclosure with eSATA and USB2.0 interfaces. I use it for streaming my media to the PS3.

  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Rosewill is garbage, don't buy their stuff. They have a reputation for not lasting very long.

    Hooking the drive up is simple, there are a pair of connectors, "signal" and "power". They are roughly the same shape, but different sizes. They are both keyed, and will only fit in one way. You just line them up, and snap them together. It will be pretty obvious what goes where when you look at the drive and the connector in the enclosure.
  10. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    just ordered:

    one, dual bay enclosure (1.5TB x2):
    OWC Mercury Elite - AL Pro Dual Bay"Triple Interface" Performance RAID Enclosure World Computing/MEFW934AL2/

    and one, two pack of 1.5TB Seagate HD($270 - 70 off coupon = $200):

    Total: $310 including shipping for a 3.0TB external.

    I'm going to use FW400(since my MB pro has no 800 port) and partition this into two 1.5TB partitions. one for storage, and one for time machine backup

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