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Richteralan
11-11-06, 11:58 AM
I have a SATA 3.5inch HDD and I need an exclosure.

What I need is both USB2.0 and Firewire interface.

I searched through newegg and seemed find nothing...

anyone can enlighten me?(lee63)

stncttr908
11-11-06, 01:36 PM
Wow, you're not kidding. Everything seems to be eSATA + USB, but no firewire.

nekrosoft13
11-11-06, 01:38 PM
http://www.cooldrives.com/dusahadrfi80.html

http://www.cooldrives.com/esata-firewire-800-enclosure-case-external.html

stncttr908
11-11-06, 01:46 PM
Good finds, but I don't find Firewire worth $100+.

Richteralan
11-11-06, 02:02 PM
http://www.cooldrives.com/dusahadrfi80.html

http://www.cooldrives.com/esata-firewire-800-enclosure-case-external.html

wow that's awfully expensive:(

seems I have to go SATA+USB2 route:(

nekrosoft13
11-11-06, 02:19 PM
firewire is better then usb

but look at it this way

on your main pc use esata, if you take it somewhere else use usb

not all computers have firewire anyway

Riptide
11-11-06, 02:36 PM
Check out AMS enclosures. They might have what you're looking for.

CaptNKILL
11-11-06, 06:14 PM
Unless you absolutely need Firewire so you can use the drive on different PCs at full speed, go for an e-SATA+USB2 enclosure.

I bought this and its AMAZING.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817106098

The stand isn't as stable as I'd like, but the enclosure itself is really easy to set up and the e-sata interface is awesome. On top of that, the USB2 performance from the drive seems to be fantastic, even with a top of the line drive installed (you'd think there would be a bottleneck, but it seemed to perform really well in benchmarks).

Basically with an e-sata +USB2 enclosure you'll be able to leave it connected to your PC as if it was an internal drive, but when you need to use it on another system you can unplug the e-sata cable (hot swap) and attach the USB 2.0 cable to the other system and it'l be good to go.

Richteralan
11-12-06, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the suggestions...

I'm currently having a Dell E1705 laptop.

It has a firewire port, that's why I want USB2+Firewire.

I would need an SATA expresscard for eSATA though.

CaptNKILL
11-12-06, 12:15 AM
Thanks for the suggestions...

I'm currently having a Dell E1705 laptop.

It has a firewire port, that's why I want USB2+Firewire.

I would need an SATA expresscard for eSATA though.
Ah I see.

Honestly, I think USB2.0 would be enough for most tasks.

Do you plan on using it to store games? Or just for backups and some applications?

Bearclaw
11-12-06, 12:18 AM
I have one that is USB and firewire. I got it at a tigerdirect store, not online. I will se if I can find it online for you and provide a link.

Richteralan
11-12-06, 12:52 AM
Ah I see.

Honestly, I think USB2.0 would be enough for most tasks.

Do you plan on using it to store games? Or just for backups and some applications?

I'll need for backups and also for programs or OS installs....
Probably I'll need an eSATA after all...:o

Richteralan
11-12-06, 12:59 AM
I have one that is USB and firewire. I got it at a tigerdirect store, not online. I will se if I can find it online for you and provide a link.

Is the coolmax one?

I believe that's the only one has IDE/SATA and USB2/1394/eSATA now.

But it sells for 60 in tigerdirect

muaddib
11-12-06, 09:29 AM
The only thing that's important in an external enclosure is the cooling abilities. Make sure it has a fan and it is made out of aluminium.

I personally like SNT's cases (Google: SNT).

BTW, why FireWire is better than USB?

Thx.

lightman
11-12-06, 11:29 AM
You should check out Raidsonic's solutions (http://www.raidsonic.de/de/pages/products/external_cases_gal.php?search=35inch&PHPSESSID=fdbac06f96cf5b1d0381047582a5b8c3). In particular, the Stardom U6-1S-WBC (http://www.raidsonic.de/de/pages/products/external_cases.php?we_objectID=3216) or the Stardom U6-1S-WAC (http://www.raidsonic.de/de/pages/products/external_cases.php?we_objectID=3215) that do exactly what you're looking for.

Not to mention that Raidsonic is from Germany ;)

KoRnfR3ak
11-12-06, 01:40 PM
BTW, why FireWire is better than USB?

Thx.USB 2.0 Vs. Firewire
http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q4/nforce680i/index.x?pg=17
Comparisons: Read/Write in MB/s, and CPU utilization.