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Postby bill on Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:14 pm

NEC3500A OEM $78.00
http://cdrlabs.pricegrabber.com/search_ ... 7a54f439c3

New Egg one day sale, ends 10/25
BYTECC 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure, Model "ME-320U2 $29.99

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... 314&DEPA=1
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Re: NewEgg NEC3500A and Bytecc enclosure

Postby beach-hobo on Tue Oct 05, 2004 6:50 am

BigMonkey wrote:NEC3500A OEM $78.00
http://cdrlabs.pricegrabber.com/search_ ... 7a54f439c3

New Egg one day sale, ends 10/25
BYTECC 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure, Model "ME-320U2 $29.99

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... 314&DEPA=1


Just a NOTE for everyone !!!

The 3500AG will NOT burn at 16X with a USB2 connection...

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Re: NewEgg NEC3500A and Bytecc enclosure

Postby uknown1234 on Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:35 am

beach-hobo wrote:Just a NOTE for everyone !!!

The 3500AG will NOT burn at 16X with a USB2 connection...

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will it burn 16x with firewire enclosure?
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Re: NewEgg NEC3500A and Bytecc enclosure

Postby beach-hobo on Sun Oct 10, 2004 7:03 am

uknown1234 wrote:
beach-hobo wrote:Just a NOTE for everyone !!!

The 3500AG will NOT burn at 16X with a USB2 connection...

Regards,


will it burn 16x with firewire enclosure?


That all depends on the BridgeBoard used and the ChipSet on the BB.

I use a CHEAP Plumax Case from Dealsonic ($32) that had the Prolific PL-3507 ChipSet fot both USB2 and Firewire. My transfer speed is 24MB/s on Firewire and 19 MB/s on USB2. Firewire does support my 3500A at 16X. The best I can get with USB2 is 12X. Please note I had major problems with this combo until I obtained the 9/7/2004 firmware release for the 3507. All my problems went away with 9/7/2004.

Most people recommend the Oxford 911 ChipSet. I have a Belkin Case and can't get over 13 MB/s with it !!! Belkin is no help... Oxford Semi doesn't respond back !!! I feel the problem is that Oxford doesn't know that the 3500A is an UltraDMA-2 device and stays in PIO mode. I do have the latest firware installed and it's configured correctly...

So what ever you buy make sure you can return it if it desn't WORK !!!
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Postby Intimidator on Mon Oct 18, 2004 7:44 am

Is this BYTECC 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure pretty good? What material is used to make this enclosure?

The price is very nice at $29.99

I just never heard of BYTECC.

Is it better to have a small fan in the back if using an 80GB 7200RPM drive? Or does that really matter.

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Postby bill on Mon Oct 18, 2004 1:04 pm

Intimidator wrote:Is this BYTECC 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure pretty good? What material is used to make this enclosure?

The price is very nice at $29.99

I just never heard of BYTECC.

Is it better to have a small fan in the back if using an 80GB 7200RPM drive? Or does that really matter.

Thanks!


Hoxlund recommended the Bytec some time ago when I was looking for a decent enclosure. I have a hard drive inside and it works fine. A feature that I like is that it doesn't have an external transformer.

- The enclosure is all plastic except for the back plate. It feels fairly sturdy, assembles and disassembles well.
- The fan cant hurt and probably extends the installed drives lifetime.

Other users- http://secure.newegg.com/app/Custrating ... 17-145-314
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Re: BYTECC 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Postby kingofheck on Mon Oct 18, 2004 1:09 pm

The enclosure is made of plastic. It seems a little flimsy, but it's adequate. The enclosure snaps together instead of being screwed together, which is the main reason it feels flimsy. It has a small fan and an internal power supply (no wall-wart needed). It's always a good idea to keep things cool, but I'm not sure how big a difference the small fan makes in this enclosure. I think the fan is mainly there to keep the power supply cool. So far, it works fine.
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:30 pm

1. does anyone know if this Bytecc ME-320 does indeed use the Oxford 911 chipset?

2. has anyone used/bought one of the Bytecc ME-340 enclosures?
and anyone know if this one is Oxford 911 chipset ?
pics from newegg:

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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 341&depa=1

looks nicer IMO. and it's aluminum. but it's only for 5.25" drives (optical), not hard drives (3.5").

(available, as usual, in USB2, FireWire, USB2+FireWire combo, silver or black).
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Postby bill on Mon Oct 18, 2004 4:36 pm

Dodec,

Good timing... I called Bytec earlier today to get similar info because their website wasn't very clear. The tech support person said they use the following chipsets for all of their enclosures.

USB/Firewire combo units, use Prolific chipsets.

Firewire only units, use Oxford 911 chipsets.

USB only units, use Ali chipsets.

Hope that helps.

That 340 unit does look good. Funny, I can't tell from the pics how to get the thing apart?
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:11 pm

too bad, i was thinking of getting one of the combo FireWire/USB units. :( but i want the Oxford chipset :(
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I bought the enclosure for 3500

Postby Lugnut on Sat Oct 30, 2004 11:53 am

Just figured id leave an update on my experience with this enclosure and my nec 3500a,

It has the 911 oxford chipset ( firewire only)

On my home computer with a generic pci firewire card, It works fine, However on my laptop i have a pcmcia 2usb( nec) and 2 firewire (TI chipset) card and the laptop has a ti 1410 cardbus. When i try to burn dvd with stomp recordnow, it tells me for 4 gigs it will take 126 minutes, Have no idea whats wrong guess i'll have to try a usb 2.0 setup for the laptop.
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Postby ruderacer on Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:56 pm

dodec,

take a look at these Bytecc enclosures: Only Fire Wire

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 339&depa=0

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 335&depa=0

This one is both, but it does not specify Oxford

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 350&depa=0

too expensive
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Postby dodecahedron on Sat Oct 30, 2004 2:43 pm

check out BigMonkey's last post.
the FireWire only ones are Oxford.
the FireWire/USB combos are Prolific.

anyway, those are 3.5" cases, i want a 5.25" for a DVD drive.
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Postby ruderacer on Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:37 pm

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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:15 am

yep.
just that i wanted a FireWire/USB combo.

appears that there are no such cases with Oxford chipset. :(
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