OWC Mercury Elite-AL "Quad Interface" external HD enclosure

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  1. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

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  2. junior77 macrumors regular

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    I have the raid edition from OWC and Guardian which seems to work just fine. Being RAID with fans is a bit annoying buy necessary for heat dissipation.

    I personally prefer G-technology enclosures, but you are forced to over pay for loaded enclosures.

    I like the fact of the SATA extenders, will have to consider buying that!
     
  3. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks

    Do you know if the single drive Mercury Elite-AL comes with a fan? I was kinda hoping it didn't, and that was my reasoning behind purchasing the slower WD Green Power drive.

    Doesn't mention a fan in the description, but, then again; OWC likes to leave a lot to the imagination unfortunately.
     
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    I have one and installed a 1tb seagate barracuda with the NS ending model and I have to say that this external enclosure is THE BEST EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE I have ever used. And no it does not have a fan but runs cool and quiet (obviously makes a noise from the hdd but pretty quiet in terms of sound as to my other external drives that sounds like an airplane taking off).

    I looveee fw 800, its soooo fast.
     
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    I have it, I have the 750GB model. It's a bit bigger than my other firewire external enclosure, which I didn't expect. It seems to be cool but that might be because feels like a thick aluminum casing. I'm pretty happy with it, the only issue I find it minor...sometimes when I hook it up and turn it on, it doesn't always detect on my Mac...but turning it off and back on again seems to fix that.
     
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    I havnt had that problem not even once from my 1tb seagate so far but I wouldnt say its an issue.. because for all I know is that most hdd's will do this no matter what. Even my other external hdd and my 2.5" hdd does it once in a while and I mean once in a while like once a few months or so.

    Even though I own a mac pro I ordered this enclosure to use the 1tb drive with fw 800 so I can keep stuff on backup and use it to transfer certain files to my mbp without having to reboot my mbp or mp all the time.
     
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    Considering it will likely be connected to the internal SATA ports (via eSATA extender) do I have to have it powered on before I power on the computer? Or will it not be recognized otherwise?

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    I just got my OWC Mercury Elite-AL Quad Interface (I guess it wasn't on backorder), the eSATA Extender, and the (1 Terabyte) Western Digital "Green Power" RE2-GP hard drive.

    After about a 2hr installation (The eSATA Extender installation was a BlTCH, though, mainly because NewerTech didn't update their installation instructions to reflect the 2008 MPs and I lacked a proper screw driver, light and common sense :) ), the external hard drive is up and running via eSATA and pushed through it's first TM backup with ease. What once took hours over a USB drive has been reduced to about 25mins.

    Pros:
    -No fan/No added noise

    Cons:
    -Though it can be disconnected, the blue power/activity light is a little bright/annoying.
    -During the TM backup, the HD's temp hit 101 degrees and appears to be staying there. At idle, prior to the backup, it was around 90-94. Internal HDs are at 88 a piece (1x Samsung F1 750GB, 1x WD 320GB).

    Other thoughts:
    Even with a slower (by design) hard drive, it still outperformed the stock WD 320GB that came with the MP.

    And to answer my own question from above; yes, you do need to power the drive on prior to powering up the Mac Pro.
     

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  9. adjuster macrumors member

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    Using the Green Power drive for Time Machine is a great idea.

    Others might consider the WiebeTech drive which has the same specs, but has some shock suppression dampers.

    Question: Why esata? I thought that Firewire 800 is just as fast and a no-brainer for installation.
     
  10. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I chose eSATA because I'll also be adding an external Blu Ray drive . From what I've seen, the only other option is USB 2.0 for external 5.25" enclosures, and, from what I've read, the performance is less than stellar. I saw a FW400 option, though it had lots of bad reviews.

    It'll also be sharing time with a Windows computer, making 'external' a necessity, at least until BR drives drop below $100 (a long ways away, it seems).
     
  11. jb60606 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone here, preferably with the single drive enclosure, care to share HD temps? At idle, I'm getting between 100-104 (74 degree ambient temp).

    I was told this is too hot. I wish there was a mini external USB fan I could purchase.

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