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MiniPro 2.5-inch FireWire 800/400, USB External Hard Drive Enclosure (12.5mm, 9.5mm)

4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Triple interface: 1394b FireWire 800, 1394a FireWire 400, USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.1 x .9 inches
  • Bus powered using FireWire or USB
  • Industry best Oxford 943 chipset
  • Compatible with 9.5mm or 12.5mm SATA Hard Drives

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Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.9 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 14.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Manufacturer Oyen Digital
ASIN B003EMR0WW
Item model number CB2-M
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4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,792 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 30, 2010

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Though pricey, you get what you pay for in this enclosure. The all aluminum construction means the enclosure has a nice heft and rigid feel to it that cheaper plastic enclosures can't compare to. Heat dissipation is great because of the all aluminum construction, which means your hard drive will last longer. The Oxford 934 chipset means that connections are reliable and transfer speeds are very quick, especially utilizing one of the two Firewire 800 ports. The hard drive is secured to the enclosure by 4 screws and makes it feel like one solid piece of kit. You get 1 Firewire 400, 2 Firewire 800 and one mini USB 2.0 port, plus a useful on/off toggle switch and a power input.

The enclosure does not come with a power supply (which as this price, it should). It does come with a power cable that connects to two USB ports if you need the extra juice as well as a similar cable that connects from the mini USB enclosure port to two USB ports on your computer. What impressed me, though, were the included Firewire 400 and 800 cables that are thick heavy duty quality cables. I have had no issues powering my drive on any Mac just using the Firewire bus. Another great feature of the enclosure is that it accepts standard 9.5mm drives as well as the higher capacity 12.5mm drives that so far go up to 1TB. I'm not sure if the higher capacity drives require more juice and cannot be driven by a standard USB bus, but the having the option is great to future proof the enclosure.

All in all, a quality enclosure that I would happily purchase again.
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I ordered the Oyen MiniPro 2.5-inch FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure for use with a 640 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" two-platter (9.5-mm) drive and a 750 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" three-platter (12.5-mm) drive.

Pros:

-- Build quality of the MiniPro enclosure feels solid.

-- This is one of the very few FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) portable enclosures that will hold a high-capacity 12.5-mm 2.5" laptop hard drive. As far as I know, 750 GB and 1 TB 2.5" drives are available only in three-platter 12.5-mm form.

Cons:

-- I was unable to format the 640 GB 7200 RPM drive in the enclosure either via USB bus power (Y-cable) or via FireWire 800 power from my mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro. I found that others using this enclosure with Mac OS X have had the same problem. Some have been able to solve the problem by formatting the drive in Windows first.

I was able to successfully format the same drive using my Voyager Q hard drive docking station via FireWire 800.

I don't know whether the problem is due to underpowered bus on the laptop, a problem with Disk Utility (diskutil) in Mac OS X 10.6, or a defect in the enclosure itself. I did not test the enclosure with the 750 GB drive after finding that I could not use it with the 640 GB drive. I also did not test the enclosure hooked up to an external power adapter (not provided with the product). I ended up returning the MiniPro.
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Terrific external HDD case. I bought this because I needed a new portable external HD. Firewire800 is so much better/faster than USB speeds so this was my primary criteria. The case works great, has an off switch, and two ports for daisy chaining to other drives... cool.

No problems after two weeks of use. Great value and solid product.
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I went through 4 other 2.5" SATA enclosures before I stumbled on this one. Direct access to USB 2.0, FW400 & FW800 so you can use it with pretty much any computer (PC or Mac) on the market (an eSATA version is available as well) and USB & FireWire have worked flawlessly without the need for external power on every computer I have tried so far. I love the addition of an On/Off switch... make me feel good when ejecting it that the disk isn't still spinning. Probably not necessary, but a nice addition anyway. The best feature is the size! Absolutely the smallest external enclosure I have found... doesn't add much bulk to a 2.5" SATA drive.
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I agree with another reviewer, this is a great 2.5" enclosure. It is bus powered (needing only 1 FW800 cable which is included) and uses all metal construction so it is very sturdy. Unlike some competing products like the Western Digital Firewire Passport, this enclosure features two FW800 ports. With 2 ports you don't give up the port and you can daisy chain devices. I use these to transport my sizable iTunes library between the home and office and also to keep movie content on for a Mac Mini HTPC.

Unlike another reviewer I had no problems partitioning and formatting drives in OS X with these enclosures. I picked up 2 9.5mm 1TB drives for the enclosures and both work flawlessly with all of my firewire equipped Macs (2006 Mac Pro, 2008 iMac, 2009 MacBook Pro, 2010 Mac Mini, 2011 Mac Mini and USB with a 2011 MacBook Air which has no FW port).

Usually there is SOMETHING bad that can be said about any product but with this I simply can't think of any. It just works.
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Looks great. Quiet drive enclosure. Aluminum enclosure and comes with little rubber feet to prevent scratches on whatever its on. Connection options are USB2, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. Easy to connect the HD. Firewire 800 connection to my other Firewire drive and it mounts without plugging the power adapter in... lovely. Installing HD was easy.

I definitely recommend this drive enclosure.
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