Macally PHR-100AF FireWire External Enclosure (IEEE 1394a)
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- Solid aluminum body for protection and excellent heat dissipation
- Shock absorbent rubber strip on top and bottom
- Works with both Mac and PC computers
- Supports IEEE 1394A FireWire connection
- Stackable design
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MODEL- PHR-100AF VENDOR- MACALLY FEATURES- FireWire External Enclosure for 3.5" drives Solid Aluminum body for protection and excellent heat dissipation. Shock absorbent rubber strip on top and bottom. Supports any capacity 3.5" ATA Hard Drives Works with both Mac and PC computers Supports IEEE-1394a FireWire connection with dual FireWire ports for daisy-chain. Stackable design Supports hot plug and play Active LED to indicate power and data access AC adaptor included -- SPECIFICATIONs --------------------------------------CONNECTORs - (2) IEEE-1394/FireWire portsREQUIREMENTS - Mac OS 9.2 Mac OS 10.1.5 Mac OS 10.2 Mac OS 10.3 Any desktop or notebook computer with an available FireWire port.SIZE - 5.2"w x 1.8"h x 8.7"d WT.- 1.3 lbs.
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With a solid Aluminum body for protection and excellent heat dissipation, the PHR-100AF is an excellent selection for your FireWire external enclosure. It is equipped with a shock absorbent rubber strip on top and bottom. It supports any capacity 3.5" ATA hard drives and works with both Mac and PC computers. The PHR-100AF supports IEEE 1394A FireWire connection and has dual FireWire ports for daisy chain. It is a stackable design for a tidy, stylish workplace and it supports hot plug and play connectivity. The active LED indicates power and data access and is equipped with an AC adapter for quick power-up and installation.
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Unfortunately this enclosure does not allow hard drive error correction or S.M.A.R.T. to passthrough to the host. This means that when sectors go bad, the operating system will not know about them, keep going as if nothing's wrong, and then compound the problem by creating more bad sectors, eventually causing the drive to not be bootable, and even worse, not mountable. Which means you have to buy a recovery program for at least $100 to get your files out.
I just had to spend days recovering from this failure, and am limping along with the much smaller and slower internal HD.
If you only use the PHR-100AF as a backup drive enclosure instead of one that is accessed most hours every day, you will probably suffer less data loss, because backups are done best in the early morning hours with the computer not otherwise in use.
The enclosure is well-designed and works very well. The hard drive sits snugly and does not wobble around at all (I used a Seagate 3.5" 160 GB drive): it survived a drop off of a chair already (in a bag, but there wasn't that much cushioning).
Installation is dead-easy: open the enclosure, put the included screws into the drive, set into the mounting brackets, tighten screws, close enclosure. Takes a small Phillips head screwdriver, which would be necessary to install a drive anywhere, anyway.
The aluminum case does a good job of drawing heat away from the drive, but I would suggest using the included drive stand if heat is an issue. The stand slides on snugly and has been very stable.
The drive was bootable under Mac OS X (10.3.9).
Includes the Firewire cable (6pin to 6pin), and a power brick. An internal power supply would be nice, but I'm willing to live with a power brick for an economical price.
My only complaint is the LED, which is rather bright (blue when on, red/magenta for read/write access): it's a bit overdone (an inch long LED is overkill here, I think). But not worth taking a star off of the rating.
These Macally PHR-100AF enclosures are cool looking and COOL overall. We now have over a terabyte of storage on our main system.
If you leave the your drives on all of the time and plan on sleeping in the same room, forget it. The blue LED on the front is blindingly bright at night, let alone having four of them.
I use the enclosures with drives I use for video editing and have not had one fail yet. (knock on wood). The power supplies are inline and have regular plugs on the end, meaning you have no wall-warts to deal with.
I bought two this product as a way of salvaging a couple of internal hard drives that I had previously installed as upgrades in my Mac that I was replacing. They have both worked flawlessly now for two months and I would unhesitatingly reccommend them to others as a great solution for this kind of situation.
If you have older PATA drives around, I would really take a look at this enclosure, even after extensive use the enclosure hardly gets warm.
Note: this unit is Firewire ONLY and does NOT have USB.