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?
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.
I have a 2010 macbook pro with snowleopard on it & have a 7 port ac powered usb hub hooked up to it. If I plug in 1 or more external hard drives into the hub & have them working together/transferring files, will there be a big slowdown?right now my hard drives are in just usb 2.0 enclosures. Would it be worth upgrading their enclosures to firew wire - esata? would I feel a performance difference?
I just purchused a Hitachi 500GB Travelstar internal HD to replace the 250GB HD and I have a few questions about the directions on cloning. Do you need a FireWire or USB enclosure for the new drive? Do can you use disk utility or do you have to use a program like carbon copy cloner or super duper?
im looking for an external enclosure that provides a firewire option for my macbook pro. The reason i am doing this is because my macbook will randomly eject my usb powered one for no reason. I have been reading that firewire does not have this problem. Im only looking for an enclosure as I replaced my stock 320gb hardrive with a 64gb ssd for my main drive. Preferably something in the 30$ range because im a poor college student . Anybody know of a good enclosure to go with?
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.
So here is my bright idea. I still may want to have Windows on my iMac for work projects *sigh* I think I came up with a solution, I rather not partition my iMac (when I buy it) 1TB drive for Windows. Don't want Windows on my main disk - I need the storage for Mac things, personal stuff etc. Is it possible to boot from a Firewire connected external HDD to run Windows?
Had a hard drive failing/failure. I am having my bad hard drive replaced with a bigger hard drive. (New Obviously) I have an iMac. (1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 17-inch) To have my data transferred from the old drive will cost over a hundred bucks more. I am trying to save money but transferring it myself. All im looking to transfer is my photos. I did not have an external drive but i WILL purchse one now. My question, (to save some money) is how would i transfer my old pictures from my old drive, too my new installed hard drive. Can i use USB? Firewire?
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?
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
a new 2-bay external enclosure for back up purposes, but only using 1 bay in it. When I have the need or money, I plan on buying another drive to put in there. The question I have is, when I do that will I have to reformat the first drive to be able to see both of them as one?
I'm using Data Rescue III on a USB powered hard drive with and it's taking a very long time with my iMac G5... It says 42,291 hours remaining (about 5 years) If I did it on my Mac Pro would it go faster, or is the recovery speed based on the hard drive speed?
I'm going to do my first HDD swap with my unibody macbook. I was all set to use Time machine, but I'm hearing that CCCloner or SuperDuper are a better idea. So, could someone link me a good deal on an enclosure I can stick my new drive into? OR, would I be ok just cloning to a partition on my 1TB external WD drive, then installing the fresh HDD, then cloning from external WD to new internal?
Right now I have an i5 MacBook Pro with a 320 GB hard drive. I want to move that hard drive to my Time Capsule via a USB enclosure and use a 60 GB OCZ SSD hard drive in my MacBook. Do you think this is a good idea speed-wise? Also, does anyone have any experience with using iTunes or viewing videos with a hard drive plugged into a Time Capsule that's a few rooms away? I'm probably only going to use the wireless hard drive to listen to music and maybe move files to it once in a while. Would that be too slow? I would unplug it from the Time Capsule and plug it into my Mac to transfer big files or install software that's on the external drive.
I have a SATA hard drive that works perfectly when connected through an external USB enclosure but whenever it's plugged into the internal SATA connector on my MacBook Pro I receive the error message "The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -50)." any time I attempt to move or copy a file to it.
This doesn't happen with any other hard drive I connect internally, so I don't believe it's an issue with the internal cable.
I have made sure all permissions are set to allow reading and writing to the drive as well as selecting the "Ignore ownership on this volume" option in the Get Info panel.
I'm trying to figure out which enclosures and external hard drives sleep/spin down when either my iMac sleeps/powers down or after a certain period of inactivity. I'm trying to find this out both for drives connected directly to my iMac ports and drives connected through my AEBS. I've gone through a couple of enclosures and external hard drives with mixed results and it's frustrating (and expensive). I would like to solicit your experiences with respect to drives and enclosures that do spin down both for direct connections and when connected through the AEBS. I've started a list below and would appreciate your inputs.
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?
I'm looking at buying a 500gb external hard drive, and the actual drive itself can only be Western Digital (I won't touch any others, not even Seagate).I can get a 500gb Western Digital Passport for $119.99 CAD in black with the enclosure of course: click hereMy other option is to buy the drive separately, the Western Digital Scorpio 500gb for $99.99 CAD: click here and a cool case of my liking off eBay for about $13 CAD: click hereNow, my question is this; does it matter which case I use in order to make sure the drive is able to be powered with only 1 USB port? I've heard some notebooks dont give enough juice to certain usb ports and would require a y-splitter to use two usb cables in order to power it (im guessing netbooks would probably suffer from this). I remember trying to use a 2.5" lacie external with the orange rubber padding around it, connected it to the front port of a Powermac G5 1.8ghz and it wouldnt mount, unless it was connected to one of the usb ports on the back of the machine.
Does anybody know of a company who makes external hard drive enclosure in the same design as a Apple Time Capsule.I have seen some for the mac mini but not been able to find any looking like a Time Capsule.
I want to know if it is possible to go from my MacBook Pro to a firewire hard drive to a usb hard drive. I have a LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk (1TB) with eSATA, 2 FireWire 800 (9-pin), FireWire 400 port (6-pin), and USB ports and a 3 year old Western Digital Drive with only USB. Is there a way for me to connect them together so I am only using one port on my macbook pro?
No idea if this matters or not, but I have partitioned the LaCie drive in half for 1/2 time machine back up and 1/2 other. My Western Digital is only one partition all all three partition are in Mac OS X Journaled. A new enclosure is an option if that would make a difference and I can find out what type of drive my WD is if that would help. I have the info somewhere.