View Full Version : External hard drive

06-30-2005, 01:56 AM
My 80gb hdd in the Powerbook ain't cutting it. I have a 120gb IDE hard drive sitting around, as well as another 80gb IDE. I would like to have an external enclosure I can swap those drives in and out of, but it seems the nice ones from LaCie and Wiebetech all come with overpriced, big hard drives in them.

I would like a Firewire 800 interface as well. And bus-powered, if possible (power over firewire). Essentially, I want a nice enclosure, but an empty one. Any recommendations?

Grant Palin
06-30-2005, 02:36 AM
I'm interested in this as well, actually. I have an HP Pavilion laptop, with a hard drive that is large enough for my OS and files. But backing up files to a CD is an annoyance, and I have been thinking about getting an external hard drive for that purpose.

Is there anything I should know about this before I start shopping? Whether USB or firewire would be suitable (I have both)? Power supply? Anything else that may be relevant?

06-30-2005, 06:12 AM
I just recently purchased an external USB 2.0 Mobile Aluminum HD encasing. I use it for a 5GB HD I had laying around. USB 2.0 is fine for me, it cost me about 20 bux, it was easy to install. I haven't seen a FW external casing but I'm sure they are out there. I purchased mine from CompUSA (http://www.compusa.com). Mine did come with a ps2/usb power adapter which i think is cool, don't have to waste a usb port. I do however need both the adapter and the extra power supply that it comes with. My laptop doesn't put out enough power. PC's however seem to have no problem running the HD through just the usb cord.

06-30-2005, 12:24 PM
I don't have a external hard disk - I have a 60gb hard disk in my laptop and then have a 120GB and a few other disks in my desktop computer and just back up to that over my home lan :)

06-30-2005, 01:30 PM
Word of advice... don't get one with a Prolific firewire chipset.

I did and it was uncompatible with my system (and apparently its a common problem), and so I had a whole lot of bother trying to get it replaced for a model with the more compatible Oxford 911 chipset in.

06-30-2005, 10:51 PM
As for the enclosure casing, I'd recommend getting either a plastic one with a fan in it or a metal one if you don't want the fan. Try searching Froogle to see if they even make an enclosure like your looking for.

07-05-2005, 11:03 AM
I only have a 60gb in my dell lappy, and I just went looking for an external hdd but I heard that a lot of them don't work with dell machines so I haven't tried anything yet.

Have a look for Vantec Nexstar series or BlueEye enclosures, they seemed to look alright but were mostly USB2.0 but they (well Vantec at least) offer some IEEE1394/USB2.0 enclosures.

07-05-2005, 07:19 PM
Many of you guys seem to be taking his "Firewire 800" as Firewire (400)/IEEE1394, they are two different standards, and Firewire 800 is massively faster.

07-05-2005, 10:59 PM
You assume too much, as per usual.