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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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As I am moving from my Dual G5 to a new iMac I have a few hard drives that I am pulling out of the G5 that I want to be able to access via an external hard drive. Now I have 4 drives in total as I am a bit of a pack rat and never delete anything. Ideally I would like to have an external case that can hold 2 hard drives in it. Is this possible while keeping the drives separate and not in a raid setting?
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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USB 2.0 only on this one.

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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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As I am moving from my Dual G5 to a new iMac I have a few hard drives that I am pulling out of the G5 that I want to be able to access via an external hard drive. Now I have 4 drives in total as I am a bit of a pack rat and never delete anything. Ideally I would like to have an external case that can hold 2 hard drives in it. Is this possible while keeping the drives separate and not in a raid setting?
Yes, I presume your drives are SATA (correct?), what bus technology did you want to use, USB, eSATA, Firewire (400 or 800)?
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #4
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I like firewire 800 or 400, but as this is not going to be used all the time, its just for access when I need a file from an older hard drive. USB 2 is definitely ok. I normally buy at Canadacomputers.com maybe I just wasnt looking right but I did not see any cases for 2 drives.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:41 AM   #5
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The OWC Mercury Elite gives you every bus tech except eSATA.

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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #6
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I saw this one:

Canada Computers - Hard Drive Enclosures : Eagle D-Series ET-CSDU2-BK Aluminum 3.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure.

It aint pretty but will do the job. My question is does this show both hard drives as separate at the same time from the same usb cable? Same question for all of the ones listed as well.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 01:47 PM   #7
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Each partition will show up as a separate drive mounting, c/w icon. So if each drive has a single partition, it will show up as two drive mountings. It doesn't matter if it is through one cable.

Unless you do not need performance, you should really go for a Firewire version since you will me more likely to do multiple operations on the device at the same time - a situation that really does clobber USB.
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The OWC Elite will do what you want and will be FAST with Firewire 800.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #9
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I like the look of the OWC Elite, but I need to pick something up tomorrow. Speed is not a huge issue so USB 2.0 will work fine as with these drives I will not be working off them, only for the odd time when I need to pull a file from them. I have 4 drives in total plus the one in the iMac and another external 250 gig that I use that has FW 800.
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Once you use Firewire, you will wonder why you bothered with the USB junk in the first place.

USB is sufficient until you want to do multiple operations, then it kind of grinds to a halt; while Firewire keeps moving forward. I have both kinds here, and I prefer Firewire by far, though USB does serve a purpose mostly because of the less than $10 cost of the enclosures I have. The OWC will give you both interfaces, and I think you will end up using the Firewire. Remember that on each Firewire, you can daisy chain three devices, so long as those devices have the second connector. (Both my Firewire drive enclosures have 2 ports, though my DVD burner only has one, I think, because I have not looked behind it in a year and a half)

USB can not be daisy chained, rather, you have to have a hub for such operation, but that is not costly - though any non 2.0 device will degrade the throughput of the entire hub.
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