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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Terrible Luck Reply with quote

This is sort of ma cross board thread, split between Acessories and Netwokring, but anyway:

I have had 3 external HD enclosures go out on me, all with the same problem of not mounting. The HDD I have is a Seagate 1TB 7200.11 and have never had any problems with it, just the enclosures. I have had 2 Ministack V2.5 and one OWC Mercury Elite AL-Pro Dual Bay. The Ext HDD houses all of my music, movies etc. My inquiry is this: Shell out some more money for another dual bay enclose? That looks like a pretty good one(any other suggestions welcome). OR I have had this old G4 DP MDD witha dead PSU and am thinking for about $99 I could get it up an running and throw the 1TB in there and use it as a wireless server. Question: Suggestions between either or? ANy trouble streaming moves and music from the server to my mini via wireless N?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a fan of either option.

If you get the PSU for the G4 you will also need to get a PCI SATA card.

If you get the dual drive enclosure, well I'm not a fan of USB for large storage since it doesn't feature DMA like features. What that means is that the CPU has to monitor all the transactions the drives make. I would recommend a FireWire external. ICYDOCK makes a dual drive FW/USB2 enclosure that you might want to look for.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything can and will fail (it is just a matter of when).
I have a cheap PC box with FreeNAS on it. Works great. My only problem is that I live in a Studio Apartment (very small), and the PCs PSU is very loud. I am planning on moving the whole thing into an Atom-Based PC, with a fan-less PS. The problem with this is that most Atom-Based Motherboards will only support 2 Sata drives, so there is no expansion beyond that.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a lot of these


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I can sell you one. I purchased 1 dozen and can beat the price above. see my link


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I'm not a fan of either option.

If you get the PSU for the G4 you will also need to get a PCI SATA card.

If you get the dual drive enclosure, well I'm not a fan of USB for large storage since it doesn't feature DMA like features. What that means is that the CPU has to monitor all the transactions the drives make. I would recommend a FireWire external. ICYDOCK makes a dual drive FW/USB2 enclosure that you might want to look for.

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Thanks for all the responses. I've decided to go for the Icydock. Just an FYI though Smithcraft I already had a PCI SATA card installed into the g4 so that wouldn't be a problem.
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