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supernova777

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Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:54:11 AM »
if anyone knows where i can get a fw400 enclosure for normal Sata hard drives!
actually u know what, i wouldnt mind finding one for IDE/PATA aswell!

i just came across this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Acomdata-ProDrive-3-5-Sata-Dual-Enclosure-Firewire-400-800-USB-2-0-RAID-/111085015787?pt=US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item19dd2ed2eb
not realy what im looking for, in that its for 2 drives.. and supports raid!!
but for 20 bucks might not be a bad idea;)

actually..
i would realy like to find one that supports SATA Drives.. but can connect over eSATA AND has both fw400/fw800
that would be awesome;)

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/NewerTech/Voyager/Hard_Drive_Dock
This thing is perfect! but costs 70 bucks.. and im cheap LOL!
seriously tho i think 40$ is a more appropriate price...



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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 06:06:11 AM »

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-IDE-hard-drive-to-USB-2-0-and-Firewire-enclosure-/271409751341?pt=US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item3f3148252d
these are lookin pretty cheap..
usb 2.0 + fw400
for 2.5" laptop IDE hard drives only!
12$!! cant go wrong there!

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 06:59:39 PM »
Better off with a cheap SATA to FW... Many Laptop IDE drives are small and pricey... Also... look for Lacie pre-made FW drives on ebay... sometimes they go cheap

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 07:56:27 PM »
look for Lacie pre-made FW drives on ebay... sometimes they go cheap

yeah but sometimse they are used +abused and arent even worth the cheap price:)

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 09:49:39 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TABLEAU-T14-Firefly-Firewire-800-IDE-Bridge-Forensic-Hard-Drive-Write-Block-B-/301073460158?pt=Laptop_Batteries&hash=item4619606bbe



check this out! fw straight to ide 40 pin

i dont really understand how u are supposed to power this thing.. strange combo of internal + external tech

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2014, 02:03:06 PM »
Found one relatively cheap
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministack_classic/
39 bucks with no drive. I guess this units are SATA.
We also need to find the cheaper way to have FW800 to FW400 conversion.
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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2014, 02:41:13 PM »

a firewire 800 interface should work with adapter. no idea about prices – but it should not be that much.

even better .... according to OWC, a 400-to-800 cable is already included with this product.
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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2014, 03:15:32 PM »
too bad the ministack lacks esata;(


i think id be more interested in the higher model non-classic version
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministack?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=adwords&gclid=CLT8l_v5oMICFYVzMgodeEcAoQ

this one has it all, usb 3.0 (downward compatible probably?) esata, firewire..
the goods!

69$ is esata worth duble the price? its probably double the performance! maybe triple!

do they fit 3.5" drives? or 2.5" inch drives?

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2016, 10:04:45 PM »
New Ones from old OWC:

38 bucks: Mac Mini 2004-2008 shaped

https://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/MSCKIT0GB/


Everything else is 79 bucks and up.
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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2016, 10:56:16 AM »
got two of those raid systems last year and two small compact ones for 1 HD per.

quad interface, firewire 400 to SATA 300 with SATA 300 disks works perfectly, using the 800 port and using SATA 600 HDs is currently untested.

(they only have one fw-400 port so you cant chain them, maybe it works with a fw-800 cable between them? i am afraid of trying it...)

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2016, 11:36:38 AM »
Sweet Unit !

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2019, 05:19:12 AM »
is there any enclosure that can be daisy chained with firewire 400 cables? still available anywhere in the world?

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2020, 06:40:42 PM »
So I was thinking about using an Acomdata Tango Pro to bypass the large drive limit in my Cube and have a massive data disk (slap a 2.5" SATA SSD in there, hook it up to the Cube's FW400 port, and enjoy).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that _should_ work, shouldn't it? The Cube's FW400 ports can power it, and since it's Firewire, it could also theoretically boot off it?

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2020, 04:39:27 AM »
yes, firewire is not affected by size limits of internal ATA and should also boot just fine.

you should go for an older second hand enclosure, as it is enough when it supports 2 TB disks, as bigger drives are (currently) not supported by OS9 anyway.

i have 9 units from the above picture now, which i have paid between 18 - 45 USD for.

in such an enclosure you can put 2*2TB in "jbod" or "nonraid" mode, and if it is your only disks you would make 3 partitions of 500 mb each (to retain compatibility with norton utilities and minimize risks), that will bee enough space for the majority of people.


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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2022, 01:15:31 PM »
I bought a cheap SATA to USB/FW enclosure and it turned out to be terrible.  Here's a link to it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001P1D16I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_FWA10X1JZ2KK9VNQVFW5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

I loaded it with a 500 GB hard drive.  My B&W G3 wouldn't partition the drive using firewire but it did using USB mode.  With the drive partitioned properly it was still unusable with firewire.  Firewire worked with a Yikes! board but not at all reliably.  The USB worked better.  I ordered the recommended power adapter and using that made things even worse.  There is no isolation between the power adapter port and the USB/Firewire ports.  This thing is poorly constructed.  None of the ports are soldered on straight.  And even worse, it could possibly fry your computer.

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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2022, 11:47:38 PM »
bus powered for storage, that is quite rare to find.
 
 
oh jesus, every layman (like me) can see that it is rubbish.

i suppose you were one of the reviewers?
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Re: Looking for CHEAP 3.5" SATA fw400 dock, enclosure
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2022, 06:04:55 AM »
@mopar300m

I have one of these enclosures. There was not a problem to use it untill wasn't connected to built-in FireWire ports in power mac's. Step down converter (used inside enclosure) can work with max 18V input while built-in PM's port provides 25V
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