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Dual Drive 1394/firewire Enclosure Recommendation?

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Hi there!

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!

-Alex

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odeen,

I can't vouche for any of these places, in fact I would highly recommend not touching anything from cooldrives with a ten foot pole (have a read through their reseller ratings to see why), but nonetheless, browsing around the following links should give you an idea what can be found out there:

- http://www.cooldrives.com/multibaycases.html

- http://www.ioi1394.com/products/

- http://www.firewiregear.net/Category.cfm?c...=313&CAT=1&AZX=

- http://shop.store.yahoo.com/drivecase/dualremovable.html

- http://fwdepot.com/thestore/default.php/cPath/1_86

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I want a purchasable enclosure with USB 2.0, Firewire 1394A/B, and Serial ATA connectors.

I don't necessarily want portability, I want a drive I could physically use on any computer - and the ability to mount drives externally that are still capable of the speeds they would be if mounted internally.

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I just got the WiebeTech DuoGB800, which I'm pretty happy with. It has 1394b ports (a converter to 6-pin 1394a is included) and a USB 2.0 mini-jack for hook-up. N.B. it uses one master/slave controller for both drives, and for some inexplicable reason that means you can only see the master drive while connected with USB.

Also it doesn't have much in the way of cooling; just a single fan on the back P/S. But it's compact, and I like how it uses a standard AC cord. Oh yes, I likes it very good. Very, very, very good.

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for some inexplicable reason that means you can only see the master drive while connected with USB

To clarify: the limitation is with USB, not the other way around. Use 1394b and you get both drives (which supposedly can be striped in OS X)

Also, take "standard AC cord" to read "no power brick"

We bricked dat bizitch.

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Actually just the other day I tried to hook up two drives to my ADS Duo external enclosure (FW and USB2). I have the drives semi stacked. Both drives are seen just fine via USB, but when connected to FW neither are. I guess I should spend the bucks and get a proper dual drive enclosure.

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