Recommend a nice HD enclosure.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Topher15, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

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    I have an old 2.5" 120GB MB hard drive. It kept showing the flashing question mark folder so I replaced it. I want to buy a USB/FW400 enclosure to try and repair it, then use it as a Time Machine/storage drive for my MB. Any recommendations?

    I particularly like the look of this ULTRA brushed metal enclosure but it looks like it's only USB.

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  2. rmastbro macrumors member

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    I bought this external case ...

    http://www.acomdata.com/tango.asp

    Main features ....
    • For 2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drives
    • Hi-Speed USB 2.0: Up to 480 Mbps. Up to 12 Mbps if using a USB 1.1 port.
    • FireWire: Up to 400 Mbps
     
  3. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't trust a possibly damaged/home repaired HD as my backup drive. Just go buy an external drive or internal drive + enclosure. The prices for HDs are really cheap per GB these days.
     
  4. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502

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    I agree. Don't try to save money that way, since that internal HD may already be unreliable.
     
  5. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe, but then that is the point of getting the enclosure - to see if it could possibly be of any use, even if only to transfer large files between computers. If not then I'll keep the enclosure and use it work a new drive.
     
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  7. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    +1. I bought the FireWire 400 model a few months back for an old 60 GB IDE hard drive. It works very well for my light usage.

    You can also get a USB/FW400 or just straight out USB version here.
     
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

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    In that case save your money and buy a usb to IDE/Sata adapter. Then you can turn any internal drive into a usb drive for short use.
     
  9. Topher15 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How would that save me money? It costs more than an enclosure.
     
  10. sukanas macrumors 6502a

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    why is the owc one so popular?
    isnt overpriced or am i missing something?
    plus its not the coolest looking thing too and its in a weird clear plastic enclosure
     
  11. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    I personally like it, and I know that OWC's stuff is of reasonable quality. It might be plastic, but it's sturdy. If you can get one off the clearance section, you might get $5-10 off.
     
  12. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    I use Macally enclosures - I've got six of them - mostly 3.5" FW enclosures but I have one 2.5" enclosure and they all work well without any problems. They have a full line of IDE and SATA enclosures.

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