Quiet firewire enclosure

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by iGrf, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. iGrf macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    After getting my new iMac last week, I started to get annoyed by the noise that my WD-Mybook makes.

    So I'm looking for a replacement.

    Ideally I would like to get a firewire800 enclosure in which I could put a harddisk of my choice.

    requirements are :
    - Available in Europe
    - Quiet !
    - and if it contains a disk that must be quiet too.

    anyone has any ideas/suggestion ?

  2. sanmarcos, Nov 14, 2007
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  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have a fanless case from CoolDrives with Seagate 500 (IDE). Well built.

    I'd consider this one. It looks like a fanless design, also.

    edit: actually, OWC's looks good: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEFW924AL1K/. They have good products and good support. I just bought their On-The-Go FW800/400/USB2 case for my old 160GB 2.5".

    I have a total of 3 Seagate drives sitting next to me, ranging from 500GB to 750GB, and all are virtually silent. I can't hear them spinning, and almost never notice any seek noise - if it is, it's the 500, which is probably a slightly older series. The 750 and 320 are both FreeAgent enclosures. I'd recommend them, but I haven't seen a FW800 version yet.
  4. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    I found these already, problem is that they don't except orders from outside the US :(

    OWC looks good and they do ship internationally but a 42$ shipping charge on a 109$ feels a bit steep :(
    will see if I can find a local reseller !

    thanks for the comments !
  5. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    anyone familiar with this one ?
    MacAlly FireWire 800 enclosure for 3,5 inch SATA harddisk (MacAlly: TB-M120)
    (link = http://consument.chipmunk.nl/Opslag/behuizing.html)

    also found the macally page

    review = http://www.pcpro.co.uk/shopper/reviews/128576/macally-mactbm120.html

    All in all this seems very positive and with a reseller which is located nearby :)

    I don't mind that you need to undo some screws to get the disk in but I do like the rubber mounted/damped hdd though.
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I've seen the MacAlly one at several vendors, under different names. I think this is the same: http://www.cooldrives.com/esata-firewire-800-enclosure-case-external.html. Fanless is good. I've never had any heat problems with them.

    I like the 2.5" case at the bottom of that page - haven't seen it at vendors in the US. Interesting blue trim.
  7. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    it looks indeed like the same product.
    that's propably why they don't deliver internationally.

    Fair enough, I think I have found what I am looking for.

    thanks for the help
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Might sound stupid - but what about peeking inside your WD enclosure, and seeing what the interface of the drive is - then buy a nice Seagate drive of the same interface / size.

    I can't think of any good reason for it to not work.

    I've noticed that any drive sold as an internal for PCs are usually a lot quieter / cheaper and have longer warranties than their external counterparts.

    WD internal drives are usually nice and quiet, but I've had the best luck with Seagate.

    Don't touch Maxtor - I've seen too many of those die (personally), and most have been pretty noisy, too.
  9. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    That would actually be a good idea !

    ok I would not have firewire but I would save a nice bit of money.

    Haven't seen any screws on the conclosure of the mybook but will see if I can pry it open somehow :)

    Will keep you posted !
  10. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    I was under the impression you had the same WD drive I do. I have the My Book Pro 500GB Triple Interface. It has the USB2.0 / FW400 / FW800. I went with firewire 800 because I don't have any USB ports available - and don't want to add a hub. So prying open your WD Book doesn't hold the same appeal, knowing it's not FW.

    As for my WD its fast - but, not that quiet. (spindle/platter has a slight vibration) It's not terrible, but certainly louder than my internal WD. And loud enough that I am sure to power it down before going to bed.

    I did a quick google search for external FW800 drive cases (sans hard drive) and think I found a decent one. (bear in mind, I didn't dig around a lot)


    It's cheaper than other FW800 enclosures - with even more features. It is FW800 / USB2.0 and eSATA. Just pop in a nice Seagate SATA drive, and it looks to be sweet. I couldn't find any fans on it (+2 stealthy ninja points) It looks to have elastomer mounts for the hard drive. (+2 stealthy ninja points). And it's solid aluminum - with no obvious vent holes. (+1 stealthy ninja points) I don't think heat would be a huge issue, as aluminum is a nice thermal conductor.

    When I'm less poor, think I'll grab one myself.

    The others I was looking at:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW912AL2/


    Both of those appeared to have fans, and were either plastic, or holy metal. (I was looking for silence)

    Anyhow, good luck.
  11. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    Woops took me a couple of days to spot your last reply.

    I've also figured out another potential downsite to opening up the mybook.
    it will more than likely not be SATA and there not not that many big ATA drives for sale anymore.

    The link you send is basically the same device as I posted above but marketed by a different company.
    So I got with one of those and fit a cheap 500Gb maxtor drive in there.
    they get good reviews and are a lot cheaper than the 750 or 1TB disks.
  12. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    If you got the same drive case with different labeling - please DO keep me in the loop and let me know how it works for you?

    And if you don't mind, a linky to go with it. The one I was eyeballing looked super nice and has a lot of appeal to me - but I'm always wary with going to new vendors.
  13. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
  14. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Don't sweat it - but if you do get it - just don't forget to brag or b!tch about it accordingly in here. Ok?
  15. iGrf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    don't worry, you'll be the first to know when I get one :)
  16. admiraldennis macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Boston, MA
    If you plan on running a drive 24x7, do NOT get a fanless enclosure.

    "Silent" fanless enclosures do not provide enough heat dissipation and are hell on drives. After a few years of operation, you should be fully prepared to have drive failures and very loud spin-up due to dried out bearings.

    It's fine for drives that are only used occasionally, but never ever leave a drive spun up 24x7 in a fanless enclosure.
  17. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    That may depend on which enclosure you're using. Clearly some are better than others.

    You might also check out this study. Some of those observations aren't quite what you would expect...
  18. krissvl macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    simple -LACIE

    Easy answer........

    Get a Lacie i use external drives all the time Lacie are the most reliable and super quite and they put them selves to sleep so you dont need to ever turn them off
  19. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have a Seagate 750GB running in an Azio case. It's running 24/7 as a DVR connected to a DirecTV receiver. Barely warm to the touch. For reference, it's sitting vertical on the included stand.
  20. forrestmc4 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    Washington, DC
    www.macsales.com - reasonably priced, good looking, and reliable (read:quiet)
  21. zweigand macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    Not if you ask me ...We've had the absolute worst time with the D2 line at work. At least 1/3 of the drives we bought have either failed outright ..or have some glaring problem with them. Unfortunately we have like 10 or so floating around the office. Er ...we DID. :(

    OWC is what I recommend now.
  22. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    I recently bought a few different enclosures to evaluate their quality. I stuck with the Macally Firewire/USB 2, and I have a Seagate Barracuda installed. The aluminum case is barely warm.

    Maxtor, Seagate and Western Digital all sell their own external hard drives, presumably with their own mechanisms. The Seagate, for example, doesn't have a fan, yet still has a 5 year warranty. Why would they sell a product with an exceptional warranty if it was an inherently bad design? I believe it's also worth mentioning that the Cube and iMac G3 didn't have active cooling either, yet nobody thought it was a bad idea to run them 24/7.

    I just don't buy the assertion that using an external drive without active cooling is a bad idea. Maybe it's a different story if you have multiple drives in a RAID setup however...
  23. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2007

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