Which HDD Enclosure?

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

  1. newbie123 macrumors newbie

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    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)

    or

    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

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    May 19, 2009
    #2
    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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