Originally Posted by jinix
ooh. I hit something new. So what are SATA and IDE?
USB2.0, Firewire400, 800 <---- are these all IDE?
and SATA is something different? I was pretty close to ordering it until I found that these don't have USB, 1393a,b anywhere. eSATA seems to be a whole new thing to me. I haven't seen any computers around that has the slot. I don't think my MBP has that slot.
also, what are "Perpendicular Recording" and "cache"? I see one ex. drive with an 8MB cache, and another one with 16MB cache. All others seem to be the same.
I'm trying to make an external hard drive that has a USB 2.0, Firewire400, and FireWire 800. With a hard drive that's 250G~500G. Does the internal hard drive in itself has to be able to support the FireWire 800? I have a feeling eSATA is something that I wouldn't want. It seems like the IDE is the one that supports USB, FW400, and FW800. So I think this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148139
) is what I want. I just don't know what the right enclosure would be then.
Sorry for the late response. I really appreciate your advice.
Hi, got your PM. Re-subscribed to this thread.
Okay, don't worry about perpendicular recording for now. It's cool and it's hip and all that, if the drive has it cool, if not, don't lose sleep over it. Cache is either 8MB or 16MB, again, don't lose sleep over it. Both will do fine.
The thing is you are confusing INTERNAL INTERFACE with EXTERNAL INTERFACE
IDE or SATA [ you buy an "IDE" or "SATA" 2.5" or 3.5" drive ]
FW800, FW400, USB2.0, E-SATA
...Okay the hard disk you chose sounds fine. You need an enclosure that would support:
INTERNAL INTERFACE: IDE ONLY.
EXTERNAL INTERFACE: FW800, FW400, USB2.0, [e-Sata if it is there good otherwise don't worry]
The enclosure needs to be for 3.5" NOT 2.5". You will most likely need an AC adaptor, this should come with the enclosure.
OK. have a look on Newegg to see an enclosure you like. You will find 3.5" enclosure INTERNAL IDE to EXTERNAL FW400 and USB2.0.
It will be hard to find 3.5" enclosure INTERNAL IDE to EXTERNAL FW400, USB2.0 ---AND--- FW800... but you may find it there.