SATA to FW800 Adapter

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  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    I'm looking to upgrade my hard drive, cloning everything over to the new one via external adapter. Are there any adapters out there that use FireWire 800 so I can get the best speed possible?

    --Thanks.
     
  2. Benjamindaines thread starter macrumors 68030

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  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    for a one time copy, just deal with the slower speed, unless you want to spend the cash.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Have you considered eSATA?

    There's an inexpensive 2 port card by Syba (SD-SA2PEX-2E). You can find it here for $21.00USD, and it works with Mac. :)

    But I don't understand you're reluctance with an external enclosure, as you also need power, and they come with a PSU. If it's cost, just check eBay. IIRC, I used to see them for under $40USD shipped.

    A couple of options anyway. ;)
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Rosewill FW800 SATA 2.5" case for around $50 at NewEgg. Bus powered. For FW800, the price is very reasonable.

    I have one myself, with a WD 320GB 7200RPM in it.
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    also what are you going to do with the old hard drive when you're done copying? if you got an enclosure, you would have a back up drive.
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    You're doing a one-time copy so your best bet is to suffer through USB or FW400. FW800 adapters are significantly more expensive than USB adapters. You can get a complete USB enclosure for $10 from Fry's! http://shop2.frys.com/product/5681241
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    USB uses your CPU to transfer data, Firewire has its own dedicated chip, that's why it's more expensive.
     
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