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Hi everyone ,

 

For the past few days i've been looking for a hard drive enclosure that works with a mac, supports hfs+ , will boot OSX from it , is 3.5" , ide only , firewire 400, and I can get it in the UK , Cheap !

 

 

Any help or finds are greatly apriciated. Im going mad looking for one :D

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basically ANY FireWire or USB2 case is going to work. inside, they're just normal IDE or SATA drives, so save yourself a packet and buy an enclosure and drive separately.

 

personally, i use a QCool OTG, which also has a multiformat card reader built in, which can optionally copy flash cards to a FAT32 partition on the HDD without being connected to a computer. great for when you're out and about with a camera and you run out of space on your card. works perfectly as a USB2 hard disk too (yes, even HFS+ etc). i got it off ebay.

 

have a look at http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-2-0-OTG-digital-...bayphotohosting

 

thats not exactly the same as mine, but there were various versions. a review is located at:

 

http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/review/qcool_..._hd_case_review

 

i highly recommend it. its cheap and cheerful, but it works :D

 

EDIT: Ok, sorry, just realised you said 3.5'' only. But remember 3.5 is going to requrie a power supply, whereas 2.5'' can be bus-powered. Anyway, for 3.5'' enclosures, any of them will let you use HFS+, and most (if not all) should let you boot from firewire.

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