Exernal Firewire Harddrive Enclosures...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Taurus, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i'm going to purchase one for someone with a laptop. i'm curious if anyone has any advice to give that i might otherwise not take into consideration until it's too late. anything i should know about these things.

    requirements:
    - must be firewire
    - 3.5", not 2.5" or 5.25"
    - fanless is a big plus
    - must stand vertically
    - not expensive (ie. no more than $60)
    - oh, and empty :) (if the previous bullet didn't give that away)

    some general questions:
    - will the harddrive automatically spin down when the computer is turned off? is that possible over a firewire interface?
    - the ones with fans; are they always on, just when the comp is on, or temperature controlled?

    some i've eyeballed:
    - Bytecc ME-350F
    - Argosy HD-360C
    - Coolmax CD-309-FW

    and, of course, i'm open to other brands and models. thanks, guys. :)
     
  2. RogerPhillis

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    On your spin down question ..... an external USB 2 connected caddy does not spin down until its own individual power is shut down , rather than the general system itself.
    Probably same principal for firewire.
     
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    you're right, it is probably the same. thanks for that.
     
  4. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I think it should spin down when the computer is shut off or if its unplugged. Makes more sense to me.
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    it does, indeed. but it's not something that the operating system would tell it to do upon shutdown. and that's only if the external will accept some kind of 'spin-down' command. probably not made to.