Hardware :: Installing An OEM SATA Hard Drive Into An OWC Mercury Elite-AL Enclosure

Dec 30, 2008

looking at installing an OEM SATA hard drive into an OWC Mercury Elite-AL enclosure. Do I need a ribbon cable and screws? If so, could anyone recommend a brand of cable and tell me what size screws I would most likely need?

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Mac Pro :: OWC Mercury Elite - AL "Quad Interface" External HD Enclosure

Apr 3, 2008

Does anyone own the OWC Mercury Elite-AL "Quad Interface" external HD enclosure? It's the one with the eSATA/Firewire800/Firewire400/USB ports. Any opinions, warnings or praise? Do they keep the drive cool enough? I just ordered one, only to find out it's on back order. I also ordered a Western Digital "Green Power" RE2-GP 1TB drive, and the Newer Technology eSATA Extender to go with it. All will serve as a Time Machine backup drive.

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Hardware :: OWC Mercury Elite - AL Pro Qx2?

Oct 27, 2009

1) Is the 0TB ones worth the cost (ill be getting my own drives) for the hardware raid?

2) How well made is the overall system does the hardware raid work well?

3) if i use it in raid 1+0 or raid 5 if a drive fails do i have to power down the box to replace the drive or is it hotswap?

4) Does Macsales (OWC) ship to Australia and how does warranty work?

5) Can you also use this with no raid?

6) Say if i turn the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 off it will kill the data if its in raid? when it if does not when i turn it back on does it have to rebuild the array? and how long does that take?

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Hardware :: OWC Mercury Elite - AL Pro Used As RAID - 1

Apr 6, 2009

I've just purchased an OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro SATA HDx2 HWRD with two Seagate 1TB drives. This will be used for data backup, not video streaming or anything requiring speed. Product description says it supports only RAID-0. I want to use Disk Utility to set up as RAID-1. Do I have to move a jumper or do anything else? Has anyone else tried using Disk Utility to create a RAID-1 setup on a RAID-0 enclosure?

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Hardware :: External Mercury Elite Al Pro Qx2?

Jul 11, 2009

I need RAID enclosure- with FW800 (e-sata would be bonus, but for now I have no use for it), and USB2. 4 hard drive capacity would be nice too, but I could settle for 2 as well (as long as it is compatible with 2TB hard drives). Enclosure I mentioned in the title seems very nice, and I have one OWC enclosure already, pretty happy with it.

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Hardware :: Mercury Elite - Al Pro - Partition?

Sep 14, 2009

I think i should of asked this before I went ahead and started to back up my mac using time machine. It's backing up as I post. Question, how do I partition it so that I can have music, video, applications each on their respective partition?

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MacBook Pro :: Drobo Vs OWC Mercury Elite Vs Others

Oct 29, 2009

I don't have experience with setting up RAIDs though I've read a lot and don't think it would be too difficult. The Drobo doesn't do eSATA and I really want the fastest possible so OWC Mercury Elite beats it there. Still I've fallen victim to the Drobo gimmick where it seems really easy, does it all for you, but most importantly you can use any size drive and the Drobo does the dirty work. I'm not even sure what this "dirty" work would involve since I always thought when building an array you needed to have drives that are identical in model/make and size. Am I wrong? Can a cheaper OWC Mercury Elite like this be as user friendly as the Drobo? Are there other recommendations?

Barefeats recently reviewed the OWC Mercury Elite here but it doesn't compare it to other setups. In fact it say's in the article it won't provide blazing speeds without dedicated eSATA channels which isn't exactly a positive review. Still it would be faster than a Drobo. Am I missing any other options for the same price or less?

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Hardware :: JBOD Possible On OWC Mercury Elite - Al Pro Qx2?

Dec 14, 2009

Does anyone have an OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro Qx2? If so any idea how to get it into JBOD mode? In the book, it shows to set the selector to 0 if using a software raid, however if I do that the rebuild light just blinks (why when it shouldn't be in a raid?) and does nothing even after 36 hours. All other raid modes that I have tested on this work flawlessly.

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Hardware :: OWC Mercury Elite - Al Pro Power Off

Jan 4, 2010

I have this case [URL] And it has a power switch on the back. When I turn my MBP off I'd like the drives to shut off but they just stay on and I have to manually switch them off. Is there a way to get them to do that? Also is it safe to turn off the drives manually after ejecting?

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Hardware :: OWC Mercury Elite - AL Dual QUAD - Firmware

Jan 21, 2009

Just posting this so it will be easier for others who need the firmware updater for the most recent dual drive quad enclosure from OWC using the 936 Oxford chipset, to allow you to switch between RAID 0 (stripe), 1 (mirror) and JBOD modes. I sourced this direct from OWC for my bare drive kit (part no. OWCMEFW936AL2K) after a call to tech support. When flashing, ensure no other devices are connected to the firewire chain. Backup any data on the hard disks before changing modes! If you have the same (or the enclosure with included drives) this is the firmware for you, but to be absolutely safe, give OWC a call and they will send you the correct firmware directly

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Hardware :: OWC Mercury Elite Dual - Not Sleeping Under FW800

Apr 30, 2009

I just bought a refurbished OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual (with the 924 chipset) and can't figure out how to get it to sleep while connected under FW800. Under USB this operates as I expect: shut down the Mac, the drive shuts down. Under FW800 though, nothing. It doesn't matter if I eject, suspend, shutdown the drives just keep spinning (x2 WD Caviar Green). This is connected to an 09 Mini but also tested with an 08 Macbook Pro with the same results.

I've checked with OWC, Apple and the Apple Store as well as numerous boards with no luck. Any suggestions are highly welcome. If anyone has this case and can properly get it to sleep under FW800 I'd like to hear from you! Before I consider any warranty repairs (shipping will kill me being from Canada) I want to know if I'm wasting my time. I may just end up having to leave on 24/7 but ideally would like to have it sleep overnight.

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Hardware :: Can IDE Enclosure Work With SATA Drive?

Dec 28, 2007

I got a great deal on an external HD enclosure. Such a good deal in fact that I bought 2 of them with the idea of putting my two 500 GB SATA drives from my Quad G5 into them ( I'm replacing the G5's original drives with new 750 GB drives). When I received the enclosures I realized that they are wired for the older IDE type drive with the 40 pin ribbon connector. I can't get a refund on the enclosures. Is there a simple way to convert these enclosures to accept SATA drives?

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MacBook Air :: Enclosure For A 2.5" Sata Drive Which Work From One Usb Port?

Mar 22, 2010

I have an old laptop hd which i have in an enclosure. The problem is the enclosure uses a Y-usb cable (think thats what its called - the cable that plugs into 2 usb ports on your comp) - you see where i'm going?!

Anyone know of an enclosure for a 2.5" sata drive which will work from just one usb port so i can use it with my soon to be macbook air?

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IMac :: Installing Ssd Into Mini - Same As Regular Sata Drive?

Aug 6, 2009

is installing an ssd into a mini the same as a regular sata drive? i had some problems with a mini upgrade, wondering if i did something wrong during the hdd upgrade

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OS X :: SATA Enclosure For An External HD?

Nov 27, 2009

I'm replacing my 320GB HD from my late '08 MBP with a new Hitachi 500GB unit.

It would be a shame to let the old HD go to waste, so I was wondering what SATA enclosures you guys and girls are using? Preferably something that will connect to my MBP using either Firewire 800 or USB 2.0. There are so many out there, I don't want to buy the wrong one and be disappointed with the quality. Thanks in advance.

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IMac :: Firewire 800 Hard Drive Enclosure - Average Speed Drive

Jun 5, 2009

I've been looking at a number of different Firewire 800 enclosures to use with my new Mac Mini and I have seen lots of complaints with almost all the enclosures that I have investigated, including the Newertech MiniStack v3 which I thought should be a good one. A recent enclosure I came across that I haven't seen any bad reviews about is the Icy Dock (MB559UEB-1S). I'd like to know if others are using this and what they think about it. The next question has to do with the type of hard drive to put into the enclosure. Is it worth getting a high performance drive, or will the Firewire 800 interface be the bottleneck even with an average speed drive?

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Mac Pro :: Finding A 4-bay SATA Enclosure That Is Compatible With The Highpoint?

Mar 8, 2009

I'm at a loss at the moment trying to find a 4-bay SATA enclosure that is compatible with the Highpoint RocketRAID 4322.

Could I get some recommendations?

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MacBook :: Restore Files To New Hard Drive / Transfer Files Via Hard Drive Enclosure?

Oct 2, 2009

I bought a new 500GB WD hard drive for my Late 2008 MacBook to upgrade from my 250GB drive. I have a hard drive enclosure, but I was wondering if when I install my 500GB hard drive, would I be able to use the enclosure to transfer files from my 250GB drive? I hope this was specific enough to get a clear response. If not, I'll try re-wording my question.

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MacBook Pro :: Hard Drive Enclosure Not Working?

Aug 28, 2010

I went to the applestore and, after purchasing one to one, was turned down for a data transfer from my old macbook pro to my new macbook pro. The "genius" recommended that I buy an external hard drive from newegg and get some screwdrivers and do it myself. So I did, except (I think) he told me to get the wrong kind of external hard drive enclosure and now I'm just really upset because I went through the process and got the hard drive out of the old macbook pro perfectly. What do I need to (re)buy to make this data transfer work?

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Hardware :: 2.5 External Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0?

Sep 28, 2010

I'm looking into getting an external exclosure...should I stick with good old USB 2.0, or look into getting USB 3? Is it too new to get it? Anyone have one they are currently using?

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OS X :: Hard Drive Works In External Enclosure But Not In Mac Pro?

Aug 20, 2009

This is strange. I have a SATA drive that works when it's in an external USB enclosure but when I put the same SATA drive in one of the bays in my Mac Pro, the Mac Pro won't start up.Specifics:-I've reformatted the drive (with GUID and with Mac Partition Map), with no change in behavior-A different drive in the same Mac Pro drive bay works fine, so it's not the drive bay-the suspect drive in any of drive bay keeps the computer from booting (grey screen, no apple)

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Enclosure Options

Oct 25, 2009

My iMac G5 logic board has died. I am going to get a new iMac 27" core i5 when they become available and want to take my internal hard drive from my G5 and convert it to an external for use as a secondary back up device. I found the ultra ULTA40273 model at tigerdirect.com. Is this a good enclosure?

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MacBook Pro :: Hard Drive Enclosure For Optical Bay?

Apr 8, 2012

I have bought a caddy from ebay some time back to replace the optical drive with ssd.  It worked great. Here is my current configuration: SSD is in optical driveStock hard drive stays same as it was Now I am planning to upgrade SSD and install the drive in the place of stock hard drive instead of in optical drive (to take advantage of higher speed).  But the stock hard drive doesn't fit in to the caddy that i bought.  It worked great for SSD, but not the internal hard drive. 

1) Can someone recommend suitable caddy model, (hopefully cheaper one).  Or if i take out the screws from hard drive, it may fit into the caddy that i have.

2) My admin user is configured in SSD, which should not have any problem after migration.  But my regular user is in stock hard drive. 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Which Hard Drive Enclosure Should Get For ST3250824AS

Jun 30, 2012

So I have a sad story to tell...I think my processor or logic board was on its way out when I installed Ubuntu on a partition of my Late 2006 iMac (Intel-based).  A few days later the symptoms were getting worse, and for whatever reason ended up re-installing Ubuntu.  I think I may have accidentally (don't laugh!) chosen the wrong partition when I did that, because the last thing I remember seeing when I tried to reboot was that I had a choice between two windows partitions to boot up. (Ubuntu shows as a Windows partition on the mac).  It was about that time that I think the processor got worse, because after that point, I could never even get to the partition screen.  (Just the white screen of death) 

I didn't want to do a system restore if that's even possible, because that would lose all my data. My friend told me something about how if I put the drive in an external enclosure, attached it to my PC, formatted it as something I can't remember (that doesn't lose the data) and then run Recuva software to peal through the layers to get my data.  I am not sure that I am explaining the process right, I am going to have to ask him again precisely what he was suggesting. 

So I opened it up, took the hard drive out.  I tried to unplug my CD drive on my desktop PC and plugged the wires into that drive (since I didn't have any extra plugs in my cheap desktop), but the drive didn't exist when I booted up.  Besides, the next time I booted up, my PC's mouse and keyboard wouldn't work.  I had to unplug the (mac) hard drive, then unplug a few devices to get them to work again.  So it is apparent I need an external enclosure for this drive.  It is Seagate ST3250824AS, Barracuda 7200.9 250GB SATA 3.5 drive. The reason I am confused about which enclosure to get is that most drives seem to only have two places to hook up wires, but when in the imac, this drive had the two on the end and one on the side.  I don't know what is what. So will someone please save me from myself and give me some advice that won't cost me an arm and a leg?  I don't think I need the drive to be bootable, I just want to get my data off of it, if any exists.


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MacBook :: 500GB Toshiba Drive - SATA 3.0Gb/s Notebook Hard Drive

Jun 19, 2009

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Hardware :: External Hard Drive Enclosure As Old One Is Damaged

Aug 28, 2010

ive been reading macrumors for years now but this is my first time on the forum,with that out of the way i have a questioni need to buy a new hard drive enclosure as my old one is damaged,in the new enclosure i would like a fan, and it should be decent looking.i would also like the ability to have room for 2 disks, incase i were to add another in the future with storage going for beans these days.

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PowerPC :: Enclosure Specs For IMac G5 Hard Drive?

Apr 22, 2008

I've got a drive in my iMac G5 that I'd like to put into an external enclosure instead. Would I just need a 3.5" SATA enclosure or should I be looking for something more specific?

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MacBook :: Hard Drive External Enclosure - Firewire And Usb?

Jul 23, 2009

I just got a new hard drive for my Black macbook 2,1 and no i need a good external hard drive to put my old hard drive. Do you guys have any recommendations, I'd like to get something that has firewire and usb.

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Hardware :: Insides Of An External Hard Drive Enclosure?

Aug 14, 2010

I am planning on gutting a broken mac mini and turn it into an external hard drive. Ive taken apart external enclosures before and ive seen the sata connector, but i have no idea where to buy one or what it is even called. Does anybody have any better information? Because i'd hate to have to buy an enclosure and strip it for the parts.

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Hardware :: Dual Bay Fanless External Hard Drive Enclosure?

Jul 24, 2009

Do these even exist? I want to get one as I hate the sound of fans. Would this just be hard drive suicide considering it would get warm?

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