How to access Internal HDD without desktop

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  1. choiboyogg macrumors member

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    so i have a mac pro desktop quad core and a macbook pro 17"

    i dont like having two computers. i had to buy a laptop because i have to travel back and forth between two places. i love my desktop but there is no way that i can carry it with me daily.

    so i am probably gonna sell my mac pro. the problem is, i have two secondary drives inside. a 500gb and a 1.5tb drive.

    i need access to these and i really dont want to put them in external enclosures cause it would be really slow.

    so i was thinking about making a server? would that be the solution?

    what are my options right now?
     
  2. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Cheap; FW800 enclosures.
    Not as cheap; Newer, bigger hard disc to put data on smaller HDDs on.
    Not exactly cheap, but cheap nontheless; MiniITX borad+small enclosure+OS that can read files
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    You could turn your mac pro into a server, but this option will likely be slower than putting the HDDs in external enclosures.
     
  4. choiboyogg thread starter macrumors member

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    can you recommend brands for the miniITX? and can you tell me about the pros and cons?
     
  5. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    Why do you think they would be really slow? FW800 enclosures are your best bet unless you get an ESATA card for your MBP.

    A server will be way slower, as you're transferring over a network (probably not a gigabit one either, but maybe).
     
  6. choiboyogg thread starter macrumors member

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    what is an esata card for the MBP?
     
  7. choiboyogg thread starter macrumors member

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    i guess i didnt think about firewire 800

    are there any enclosures that are dual space?
     
  8. cube macrumors G5

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    And eSATA ExpressCard, which provides 1.5 Gbps of bandwidth compared to 800 Mbps for FW800.

    You need a matching enclosure. I like quad interface (USB 2.0/FW800/FW800/eSATA). The Macpower Pleiades super S-Combo is very well engineered (better than the OWC triple interface, at least).

    But I don't know which dual enclosures would allow you to treat the drives as independent, whichever the interface.
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    To access 2 individual drives via eSATA, you need a 2-port card.
     
  10. steveoc macrumors regular

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    I've been looking at this sort of device. Pop an internal drive into the dock:

    Docking Station

    Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station

    I haven't tried either, but it makes sense for my purposes. It would be easy to backup onto a cheap internal drives and move them to another location.
     
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  13. choiboyogg thread starter macrumors member

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    wow, thank you guys for all the information. you guys are very helpful.
    really helps a noob like me out quite a bit.

    thanks for the links WPC33.... very helpful
     
  14. choiboyogg thread starter macrumors member

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  16. cube macrumors G5

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    http://eshop.macsales.com/search/expresscard+esata

    Select those with 2 ports (for using 2 enclosures, or an enclosure with 2 ports if you find one) AND port multiplier (for using disk array enclosures).
    It would also be important that it supports 300 MB/s per port for arrays or SSDs.

    You will have to ask around which one works without problems in the MBP forum before buying.

    Note that if you just buy a random dual enclosure for eSATA, this might only allow you to use the disks as a single volume (RAID or JBOD), and not individually, and you will have to erase the disks first. Maybe you will have to buy 2 single enclosures.
     

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