Need reccomendations on HDD Enclosures

agentphish

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Hello,

I'm looking for reccomendation on HDD enclosures that are STACKABLE and will work with SATA drives. I have 2 SATA 250gb drives and one regular IDE 300gb drive that i need to put into externals.

I'd like them to be as slick looking as possible. I've been unimpressed with what i've seen on newegg.

Any help is appreciated.
 

orangezorki

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Yes please, any suggestions would help me as well. I'm looking to put a 300Gb SATA Seagate drive into an external, preferably FW800. But here in the UK, the only one I've seen is from Wiebetech, and it costs as much as the drive did!

David
 

agentphish

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good stuff. Keep them coming.
Can you link me to the icybox thing?
 

agentphish

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suneohair said:
These are very sexy: http://www.transintl.com/store/minig.cfm
These are sorta sexy: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Search.cfm?Criteria=Elite+AL&Manufacturer=&x=0&y=0

I don't know about stackability, but you could get the 2 drive miniG enclosure for the SATA and the single for the IDE(or 2 and add another later)

I will be picking up a MiniG soon. It will look awesome with my Mac Pro :D
eSATA I don't have connections on my current system for, so how would I connect this to my Powerbook or to my PC?

Maybe I should clarify... I need an enclosure that will hold SATA drives that connects via USB2 or Firewire.
 

TyleRomeo

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suneohair said:
These are very sexy: http://www.transintl.com/store/minig.cfm
These are sorta sexy: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Search.cfm?Criteria=Elite+AL&Manufacturer=&x=0&y=0

I don't know about stackability, but you could get the 2 drive miniG enclosure for the SATA and the single for the IDE(or 2 and add another later)

I will be picking up a MiniG soon. It will look awesome with my Mac Pro :D
Just be aware that the miniG will not work with Seagate hard drives. Thats a huge bummer. Someone said that seagate drives run too hot.
 

Proto Media

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this might work

hey i found this, and was thinking of getting it myself and getting two 750gb drives and putting them in there. it says it only supports up to 400gb, but i dont get why that would be. anyone? anyone? bueller.... anyways if anyone thinks this is a good drive or bad drive or whatever let me know your thoughts on it, I would primarly use it for video editing and sound design. thanks.

here is the link
http://www.satadrives.com/seatablmiald.html
 

i4k20c

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Question will the HDD from macsales, the mercury elite carry segates 5 year warrenty since the HDD they use are made from Segate? I ask because, if you look at the pre-built Hard-drives, they don't seem like a bad deal at all.

In fact i'd use the same HDD as they do (segate baracuda) and their enclosure would cost almost the same... but OWC's warrenty is two year... segate HDD come with a 5 year warrenty, so uhh how this exactly work? :eek:
 

Surf and Turf

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In my mind
agentphish said:
Hello,

I'm looking for reccomendation on HDD enclosures that are STACKABLE and will work with SATA drives. I have 2 SATA 250gb drives and one regular IDE 300gb drive that i need to put into externals.

I'd like them to be as slick looking as possible. I've been unimpressed with what i've seen on newegg.

Any help is appreciated.
Check out the macally phr100su
49.00
 

roland.g

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Unfortunately no computers are shipping with SATA ports, though you can probably find a pci card with SATA ports.

Firewire 800 and 400 are slower than SATA and IDE, so right now SATA drives are great for internal because they connect directly to the motherboard. If you want an external, just get an IDE drive and FW400 or 800 case.

If you already have a SATA drive you can get a SATA/FW/USB case for it that has a SATA port or a FW/USB case that you can connect but remember cases for SATA drives are more expensive and cases with SATA ports are even more expensive.

The Firewire/USB is your bottleneck, not the IDE drive.
 

CanadaRAM

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For greatest throughput you can get a SATA card for Powerbook (PCMCIA card) or MacBook Pro (ExpressCard) or PCI and PCIe Macs, and then use an eSATA enclosure like the Firmtek line. Sonnet also has an eSATA line.

This is more expensive but more flexible (hot swappable drive trays) and faster (SATA all the way).

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com
 

ChrisA

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i4k20c said:
Question will the HDD from macsales, the mercury elite carry segates 5 year warrenty since the HDD they use are made from Segate? I ask because, if you look at the pre-built Hard-drives, they don't seem like a bad deal at all.

In fact i'd use the same HDD as they do (segate baracuda) and their enclosure would cost almost the same... but OWC's warrenty is two year... segate HDD come with a 5 year warrenty, so uhh how this exactly work? :eek:
Durring the first two year if the thing breaks you deal with OWC. After that if the thing breaks you have to diagone the problem yourself and if the problem is with the drive (and not the enclose) then you deal directly with Seagate. Seagate is easy to deal with, you get an RMA on-line andsend the drive in. They don't care about reciept becasue the date is stamped on the drive (The five years is from the date of manufacure, not purchase)

What I really want is an enclosure that would hold maybe 6 drives that I could buy now and populate with two drives and keep the other slots for expantion. I know I could simply use a PC chasis but I don't want a big ugly box.