BTW, has anyone received their LaCie Porshe drive from Dell? Last time they had their one day sale, the 250 GB USB went down to 100$ I tried to order one and my order was erased from Dell a couple days ago. I spent 1.5 hours on the phone with mutliple people and I finally asked the last guy to be called back by a manager.
Has anyone tried booting up their back up from this brand/type of enclosure via FW?
IMHO, any external case must be bootable via FW. It really helps when your HD is acting up or your OS (like the 10.4.8 Updater) is out of whack. I know it saved my bacon a few times being able to run utilities from another drive, revert to a previous system and/or save the data on the other. And having a bootable clone (using SuperDuper) is key. Not to mention, in a pinch, you could use the external on someone else's computer via FW, if need be.
You can find a FW/USB 2 enclosure, with the Oxford chip for about $40 from Filtech and/or CTY in Toronto. Filtech do mail order, if required. I dropped into CTY last week, got a Nspire enclosure which I can confirm is bootable and a 160gb HD, cost about $120. I could of probably saved a little more on the HD but I was already there....and they are nice people who will price match.
A Bytec enclosure is also good option and some of them have a Cypress and/or Oxford chips that work well with Macs. When you start looking at Macally, Wiebetech and LaCie enclosures, prices go way up but are all Mac friendly and just better built enclosures, I think. Well, at least the first two mentioned...
I have purchased a 160GB Maxtor drive for $39 with rebate from TD and saw the rebate. Sure, it takes a while to get the rebate (about 70-90 days), but that's the point. They don't want you to go through the bother of mailing in the rebate.
I. and others I know haven't had problems with TD.