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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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IDE HD Enclosure

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Can anyone suggestive a reasonable IDE HD enclosure using USB2 or Firewire?

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:28 AM   #2
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Wrong forum.

Back on topic, I like the Macally ones. Reliable (in my experience), and relatively cheap in price. BTW-- 2.5" or 3.5"? (laptop HD or desktop HD.)

http://macally.com/EN/Product/?BigCl...lClassName=2.5

The PHR-250CC or the PHR-250CE.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:30 AM   #3
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I bought one of these for a friend: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nologies%20Inc.

I installed a spare drive I had in it and it works perfectly fo him. I also have a 2.5" ngear enclosure myself and it works very well. Don't expect too much speed though.. even though USB 2 is rated at 60MB max I never get above 12-15MB/sec on any usb drive.
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Go with a FireWire drive.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:37 AM   #5
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Many apologies and thanks for the advice

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 09:42 AM   #6
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Go with a FireWire drive.
you make a good point but they want low cost.. usb doesn't scream but its fine for just extra storage or backup.
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you make a good point but they want low cost.. usb doesn't scream but its fine for just extra storage or backup.
Have seen some issues with the lower cost USB only drives. Since a back-up needs to be reliable, will second the Macally suggestion.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:21 PM   #8
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Macally enclosures get my vote, as well. I've had no problems with 2.5" and 3.5" versions, including their SATA enclosure.
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I've been using a Bytecc-740U2F for quite a long time now and have had zero issues at all.

I picked up another Byetcc case for the DVD burner I eventually put inside my eMac (now it holds my second 320GB HD). They both use the Prolific chipset (some have had issues with it) but in my experience anyway, Bytecc makes good cases.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 10:59 AM   #10
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I've recently used a couple of these Mediasonic USB/FW enclosures with Seagate HD's. They have auto-standby and are very quiet & cool, cosmetically attractive too.

Canada Computers - Drive Enclosure : Mediasonic HD6-U2FW - Smart Drive 3.5" USB 2.0 & Firewire (IEEE 1394a) HDD External Enclosure.
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