Just spent some money for data recovery on one of my 250-giggers. The file system went mildly bezerk, and I had neither the software, the expertise, nor the steady hands required to do the recovery myself. Still, with text documents I had there from the early 90's, it was worth it just for my own happiness.
However, I'd like to actually BACK UP my data from now on. With the recent rebates and price cuts on 250-gig PATA drives, I would like to take a pair of them, stick them into a dual drive 1394 enclosure, and, once every few days, sync them to my main rig.
So, I'd like to hear some recommendations. It seems like Fry's and SVC.com seem to only carry single-drive boxes with external power supplies and no fans, or noisy 40mm fans. I'd like a SINGLE bigger box, with its own internal PSU and an 80mm or 92mm fan if possible. The box will NOT stay on all the time - I will power it on once every few days, update the backed up files, and turn it off. This is to minimize the risk of damage by a virus infecting my main computer, or an errant power surge.
So, here's what I'd like:
Room for two 3.5" drives
80mm or 92mm cooling fan
Ideally 2 IDE channels, instead of a master/slave on 1 channel
NTFS support (don't know if this is a function of the chipset or not)
As compact as possible w/o needing an external power brick
Support for 48-bit LBA
Compatible with either the Firewire port on my Sound Blaster Audigy II ZS, or the Texas Instruments firewire chipset on my Abit IC7. Or, ideally, both
6-pin plug in the back. I have a 6-pin to 6-pin firewire cable already.
Assuming all of the above conditions CAN be met, I'd like to meet them as inexpensively as possible.
Thank you for any recommendations!