hilander wrote:Much thanks to the OP cfitz for his meticulous research on this and to the others who posted on this thread.
hilander wrote:After reading this, I have opted to puchase a USB/Firewire combo enclosure but a question for cfritz: Any reason for choosing the Eurocom over the Bytecc or Plumax? Specs look the same (to me) but maybe I'm missing something?
All three appear to originate from the same manufacturer, as you can tell by comparing specs and photos. MikeTR posted about the underlying source:
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 8493#88493
Since they all come from the same original source, there is not a lot of difference between them. I believe that the older designs used an Ali chipset for USB and an Oxford chipset for Firewire, while newer ones use a Prolific chipset that does both USB and Firewire. The Eurocom I have uses the Prolific chipset.
I chose the Eurocom over the others for three reasons. First, at the time it was the only one that supported 300 GByte drives. I think that has since changed. Second, it was a little cheaper. Last, but not least, I liked the looks of the Eurocom unit better (cool blue light bar). I can't guarantee that you will get a blue colored light bar if you buy it, since it appears it may come in red or green as well. They call it a "rainbow" light bar, although I never did figure out why. Maybe because at one point they supplied it with multi-colored LEDs, or maybe because you never know which color you will get when you buy it.
Do be aware that the fan is a bit noisy. It doesn't bother me, but if it does bother you and you have cool-running drive, you could always disconnect it. Or, if you are handy with electronics, slow it down.
Finally I do encourage you to check out DealSonic
. They have a good selection of enclosures at good prices with reasonable shipping, and their customer service
is great. (Check that last link - you will be hard pressed to find ratings like that for other retailers, particularly the support and returns ratings. And if you scroll down to read the reviews you will see that the latest person to post a review is a happy Plumax enclosure buyer. And the person before that... well, he is probably just some yutz...