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M.A.S.
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Jun 3, 2004, 06:04 PM
 
I'm upgrading my PB HD so need a 2.5" firewire enclosure.

I've been searching hi and low for a nice one to compliment my 17" PB but can't find one anywhere. The only ones i have seen are USB only. (bloody pc's/windows)

Anyone know of any nice ones?
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Jun 3, 2004, 06:08 PM
 
I am looking for one too, this is the best one i found so far with the best price


http://www.meritline.com/usb2-ieee13...ernal-2-5.html
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Jun 4, 2004, 12:56 AM
 
I'm surprised that no one has suggested you look at Other World Computing. they have some very nice products for Macs, including hd enclosures
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Jun 4, 2004, 01:06 AM
 
I am using an OWC FW 400 enclosure and a FW 800 (MicroGB+) from wiebe tech. Both are flawless.

http://wiebetech.com/products.html#portablestorage
     
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Jun 4, 2004, 04:53 AM
 
M.A.S., here's a few more ...

- LaCie Design by F.A. Porsche
- DVcio Momobay CX-2A
- MacPower DaisyCutter 400+

And finally, an oldie but still my all-time favorite:

- MacPower Clearlight 400+

My tip - save a few bucks and stick with a FW400 enclosure. The PB's internal drives (4200rpm) are so slow that a FW800 connection will not have any speed advantages over a FW400 one.

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Jun 4, 2004, 05:23 AM
 
The DVico model is really nice!,

-checking their shop-
what?, Free FedEx shipping!?
     
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Jun 4, 2004, 06:00 AM
 
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Well im comitted now. I've bought an 80GB 5,400rpm Travelstar so ive gotta find an enclosure!

Also whilst sufing the net last night i saw something about oxford chip sets.

Are they necessary? If they are then thats another thing to add to my growing list!

2.5"
Firewire
Simple aluminium design

Ok it's not that long, but every one narrows the list a bit, mainly the firewire option, as there's loads of cool simple enclosures out there but they are aimed at PC users and are only U S bloody B!
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Jun 4, 2004, 06:36 AM
 
Oxford chipsets are what you will likely get with any enclosure kit anyway (it's the dominant brand of controller chip for the firewire port).

Here are a couple of other places for getting enclosure kits from that are dedicated to FireWire:

http://www.firewiredirect.com/

http://www.fwdepot.com/thestore/default.php

Edit: FWIW, I've bought from both with no problems (even as an international customer).

FireWire depot appears to offer many more enclosures that might be suitable for what you want:

http://fwdepot.com/thestore/default.php/cPath/1_22

Edit 2: I notice that you are UK based, so here's a local supplier:

http://www.rlsupplies.co.uk/Products...epartmentID=41

(note, no experience of them personally... I found them after I'd bought from FWdepot/FWdirect)
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Jun 8, 2004, 05:43 AM
 
Again thanks for the suggestions.

I have found another good site with a few nice enclosures.

http://www.macpower.com.tw

You cant order from them though, but i emailed them and found the UK supplier, http://www.mag-cables.co.uk. But the site dont work in Safari, It says i you need to "upgrade" your browser! lol, more like downgrade!
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Jun 8, 2004, 06:30 AM
 
Originally posted by angelmb:
The DVico model is really nice!,

-checking their shop-
what?, Free FedEx shipping!?
I have a DVico momobay with a 2.5 inch hd inside. It true, really nice, looks great, comes with a gray leather sleeve and works perfect.
     
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Jun 8, 2004, 09:00 AM
 
Originally posted by M.A.S.:
Again thanks for the suggestions. I have found another good site with a few nice enclosures. http://www.macpower.com.tw


Did you even click the links I had provided above? Two of them lead directly to the MacPower site ...

     
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Jun 8, 2004, 09:38 AM
 
So they do!

Well thats where i saw them from then!

Sorry

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Apr 1, 2005, 07:58 PM
 
Okay guys, I've been staring at this for a few hours and things are starting to look all the same, please help:

I'm looking for 2 drive enclosures.

1. For the 4500 60gb drive coming out of my 17" revision A powerbook. I'm stuffing a new 100gb Seagate Momentus into my 17 and want an aluminum, FW400 enclosure for this drive. Something like this:

http://fwdepot.com/thestore/product_...oducts_id/1037

Will this work? It's too late on Friday to call the company directly so I was hoping someone can pipe up over the weekend.

2. I have two Hitachi Deskstar 250gb SATA drives I bought for my pending G5 (whenever they bump the cpu). Since it's been gathering dust, I thought I'd stuff 'em into an enclosure and get some use out of them. I'd like an enclosure w/ FW800, maybe something that will hold BOTH drives.

Any ideas? I *think* this one might work:

http://fwdepot.com/thestore/product_...oducts_id/1041

But it is starting to look like it is an SATA interface only.

Both of the drives above look pretty handsome. I'd like something that's not too hideous to look at since it'll be sitting on my desk

Appreciate your help.
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Apr 2, 2005, 01:26 AM
 
Does anyone carry a 120GB 7,200 RPM HD that fits in PB?
     
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Apr 2, 2005, 03:18 AM
 
I use the Momobay CX-1. This is the older version w/o USB 2.0.

USB-use is flawless, but the port on the drive has a plastic frame only. It deteriorates what leads to a loose fit of the plug. Also I wonder if the port is some kind of a proprietary mini format. Sooner or later will abandon this enclosure.

FW-mounting is not perfect on OS 9.2.2 (Storagelnxy chipset). It works better with the enclosed driver. Data rate is about 10 MByte/s on a Pismo 500.

Today I would prefer an Oxford 911 chipset for FW. In fact I am considering the clear-coat-design enclosure offered on Newertech.com even though it is not as slim as the Momobay, but has a standard USB-plug. For such a plug a cable is always available.

Best regards,

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P.S.: Use the search function. These enclosures have been discussed before.
     
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Apr 2, 2005, 03:36 AM
 
I'm using this one with a 250Gb HD.
http://www.macpower.com.tw/products/...des/pd_800plus

It looks very nice and matches my PB17. It has FW800 port which is a very important feature for me.

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Apr 2, 2005, 04:06 AM
 
Lewis, whats the price on that 250GB? I can't seem to see it on the page?
     
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Apr 2, 2005, 12:07 PM
 
Originally posted by wingchuner:
I am looking for one too, this is the best one i found so far with the best price


http://www.meritline.com/usb2-ieee13...ernal-2-5.html
The fact that this one says it isn't compatible with Panther (10.2 or less) would be a deal breaker for me...
     
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Apr 2, 2005, 01:12 PM
 
Originally posted by M.A.S.:
I'm upgrading my PB HD so need a 2.5" firewire enclosure.

I've been searching hi and low for a nice one to compliment my 17" PB but can't find one anywhere. The only ones i have seen are USB only. (bloody pc's/windows)

Anyone know of any nice ones?
My brother has a MacAllay Firewire/USB2.0 enclosure which complements his 15" Al Book nicely:

http://www.macally.com/spec/firewire...enclosure.html

We got it on sale at a local store for $35. It is available on newegg for $37:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-604&depa=0

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Apr 2, 2005, 01:18 PM
 
If you want a drive that complements the PB, you'll like the G-Drive -- although I've not seen it available as an empty enclosure.

http://www.g-technology.com/Products/G-DRIVE.cfm
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...154-711&depa=0
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Apr 2, 2005, 02:14 PM
 
That G-drive enclosure does look nice!
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Apr 2, 2005, 11:58 PM
 
Not a powerbook Q anymore. . . .

I'm guessing I need a SATA-ATA converter to stuff an SATA 3.5" drive into one of those enclosures or do some FW enclosures come with the SATA interface?
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Apr 3, 2005, 06:11 PM
 
Originally posted by NewOldbie:
Not a powerbook Q anymore. . . .

I'm guessing I need a SATA-ATA converter to stuff an SATA 3.5" drive into one of those enclosures or do some FW enclosures come with the SATA interface?
I've not seen an enclosure that will take a SATA drive and give you a FireWire interface... but G-TECH do have an external drive that has a SATA interface:
http://www.g-technology.com/Products/G-SATA.cfm

The only thing about the G-TECH products, is they come with a drive already installed.
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Originally posted by EvanV:
Lewis, whats the price on that 250GB? I can't seem to see it on the page?
I bought the HD separately. It takes me 5 minutes to install the HD into it.
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Apr 4, 2005, 12:05 PM
 
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I'm looking for a new enclosure for my external disk, and I'm a bit unfamiliar with the issues involved. I've seen some enclosures offered in either self-powered or bus-powered versions. On the face of it, bus-powered seems like a no-brainer, but are there any disadvantages (other than draining the battery quicker when mobile)? Is data throughput the same on a bus-powered enclosure?

I assume there wouldn't be any problem just swapping my drive from one enclosure to another with my data intact, is this correct? I'd be going from USB 2.0 to FW 800, if that makes a difference.
     
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Originally posted by Will V.:
I are there any disadvantages (other than draining the battery quicker when mobile)? Is data throughput the same on a bus-powered enclosure?
I've not seen any FW800 bus-powered drives, just FW400/USB -- so if they really don't exist then that would be a throughput limitation.
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Originally posted by Dog Like Nature:
I've not seen any FW800 bus-powered drives, just FW400/USB -- so if they really don't exist then that would be a throughput limitation.
There is one here...

http://www.avammo.com/hush.html
     
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Apr 5, 2005, 07:29 PM
 
Originally posted by Will V.:
There is one here...

http://www.avammo.com/hush.html
...and here:

http://wiebetech.com/products.php
     
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Apr 6, 2005, 01:40 AM
 
I've got this one...

http://www.rosewill.com/product/prod...x?productId=80

Looks great, works great, I'm happy. It's $50 at newegg.
     
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Originally posted by GSixZero:
I've got this one...

http://www.rosewill.com/product/prod...x?productId=80

Looks great, works great, I'm happy. It's $50 at newegg.
ive got that same one, looks like a mini G5 tower.

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Originally posted by Garage81:
ive got that same one, looks like a mini G5 tower.
I can't find the FW800 version in stock anywhere.
     
   
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