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davidpark
2005-11-27, 19:31
Im using PowerBookg G4 Tiger installed.

i was trying to buy an internal Hard Disk and Enternal Case.

here what i got so far from newegg.com

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822144392

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817146607

the HDD is the one from Wester Digital (320G,IDE Ultra ATA100)

and the external case is one of Macally.

does anyone have any comments or recommendation for those two?

i just dont know whether my choice was good ;)

chucker
2005-11-27, 19:48
I personally would recommend this enclosure (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817173003) and a drive from Samsung.

Yontsey
2005-11-27, 19:55
i was also gonna recommend that enclosure, i love the look of it though i have never used it myself. ive been thinking about picking up one so i could have another external hdd

Luca
2005-11-27, 20:10
The MacAlly enclosure is higher quality. Rosewill is an ultra-cheap bargain parts marketer. MacAlly, on the other hand, actually makes products for Macs. And the MacAlly enclosure looks better too. At first glance, the Rosewill looks like it's designed to be used with a G5, but I bet once you get a closer look at it it'll look very cheap and flimsy by comparison.

Actually, though, you should get a 3.5" enclosure, not a 5.25" one, unless you plan on installing an optical drive in the case at some point. The plain Firewire (no USB2) version is here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146608) and the Firewire + USB2 version is here (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146602). You might want to get a 5.25" enclosure anyway, just so you have the option of putting an optical drive in there at some point, but 5.25" enclosures are a lot bulkier.

chucker
2005-11-27, 21:08
the Rosewill looks like it's designed to be used with a G5, but I bet once you get a closer look at it it'll look very cheap and flimsy by comparison.

Not that I've seen a PowerMac G5 in real life, but having used the Rosewill (well, the European "MacPower" equivalent), I can't say it feels "very cheap and flimsy".

(edit) I should add some notes. The screws of the MacPower are indeed a little "flimsy" and annoying to work with, but it could be worse. Most of the time, you won't exactly have to deal with them. The hardware is solid, the chipset is Oxford and performance is, well, okay -- I have booted off this enclosure for over two months now and haven't noticed much of a performance problem. The enclosure is aluminum, about 2 millimeters thick. The thing is silent and supports stand-by properly. It works on Mac OS X, Windows XP and GNOME (Fedora Core) on four different computers.

Before this, I briefly had a "very cheap and flimsy" alternative that cost about half the money but was otherwise specced the same. On photo, it looked just fine. In reality, it was crap. Not only was it way too slow when it worked at all (which it didn't much, see below), it was also a real mess to install. As for actual "performance": on Windows XP, it was recognized, but putting any data on it made it eventually crap out. On Mac OS X, it was most of the time not recognized. On GNOME (Fedora Core), it wasn't recognized. On Windows 2000, it first worked, then didn't at all, and then wasn't even recognized. Then it was recognized again, but didn't mount. And so on. Sometimes I could format it; sometimes I couldn't. Sometimes formatting it borked it. Sometimes formatting it by putting it in a computer internally first helped. It was such a fucking mess it would have made me lose faith in FireWire -- if it hadn't been for the fact that neither USB 2.0 nor USB 1.1 worked one single bit better.

The MacPower, on the other hand? Worked. No setup (software-wise). No problems. Just worked.

Luca
2005-11-27, 21:11
Well, if you've used it, I guess I can't argue with you.

I was probably a bit too critical of the Rosewill initially, but I would like to point out that a lot of the cheaper USB2+Firewire combo enclosures use a chipset that doesn't even work on Macs. I know for a fact that Macally makes products for Mac users... but if you've used the Rosewill and it's fine, then it would be silly of me to try and argue otherwise.

But do be careful about these things. There are a lot of reports in NewEgg's customer review section of enclosures not working with Macs.

chucker
2005-11-27, 21:16
I was probably a bit too critical of the Rosewill initially, but I would like to point out that a lot of the cheaper USB2+Firewire combo enclosures use a chipset that doesn't even work on Macs.

I have amended some information to my post; the enclosure I have (which looks and is specced identically to what Newegg offers as "Rosewill") has an Oxford chipset and works smoothly. :)