MiniPro 2.5-inch FireWire 800/400, USB External Hard Drive Enclosure (12.5mm, 9.5mm)
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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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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.
-- 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.
-- 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.
No problems after two weeks of use. Great value and solid product.
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.
I definitely recommend this drive enclosure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still going strong after several years of heavy use. I love this case!Published 9 months ago by Daniel Grossfeld
The firewire ports tend to fail on these things. Not much else to say really.Published 16 months ago by Roboknight
I bought this enclosure a long time ago…. it does everything I need it to. Solid construction and all ports work flawlessly.Published on March 15, 2014 by hwit cniht
This thing is great. I love that it has firewire 800 and 400. It was also incredibly easy to put together. So far I love it.Published on November 1, 2012 by Quentin E. Joseph
I have purchased a couple 2.5" external drive cases in the past couple years and all the other cases that have firewire 800 seem to run very hot. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Jason A. Link
I ordered this enclosure to house the original drive to my laptop because I was upgrading. This product was very easy to use and has exceeded my expectations.Published on December 31, 2011 by ChrisP
It's getting hard to find bus powered FireWire 800 external drive enclosures. I consider this little guy a great find. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by John C. McDermon
I'm the system admin for an all-mac office and I've been looking for something to replace my LaCie Rugged as a troubleshooting/boot firewire drive. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by OFFICE MANAGER
I got this for an SSD upgrade for my Macbook Pro, and it worked PERFECTLY for that, no wall-wart required. It came with a FW800 cable that I didn't have so hooray for that. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Mathew Hennessy