Which HDD Enclosure?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by newbie123, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. newbie123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    Is there a difference in HDD enclosures other than the connection types? I have a 500gb 5400rpm hitachi hdd i want to put into an enclosure.

    I was looking at:
    Acomdata Tango Pro 2.5-inch USB 2.0 Firewire 400 and 800 Portable Enclosure for SATA Hard Drive TNGXXXUFBE-BLK (Black)


    2.5-inch eSATA, FireWire 800/400, USB External Enclosure (Oxford 924) by Oyen Digital

    Are these options ok...is the firewire connection overkill and USB 2.0 fine?
  2. lostime macrumors regular

    May 19, 2009
    i've been looking at the Acomdata for a while and have decided it's time to buy one. The Oyen is nice but you are paying for an eSata connection that would be overkill for a laptop drive.

    Even a 5400rpm drive is bottlenecked by usb 2.0 and firewire 800 would definately speed things up and many Mac Mini users use external FW800 drives to boot from.

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