Exernal Firewire Harddrive Enclosures...

Taurus

hardware monkey
#1
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. :)
 
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RogerPhillis

Guest
#2
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.
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#5
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.
 

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