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Monday September 23, 2002
02:14 PM

DIY Firewire Drive

[ #7942 ] list a $42 Firewire enclosure for IDE drives and a $149 IDE 120G disk. It sure is tempting to cobble together another 120G drive to use as a backup for my first ...

Has anyone reading this built their own? Are there any tricks or traps to watch out for?


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  • I haven't built my own drive yet, but if you think you might be making multiple large drives (as a habit of digital video might require), then you might also want to look at a hot-swappable firewire enclosure [].

    The enclosure costs more than a drive right now, but if you think you're going to be making a habit of building your own drives, this could pay off in the long run (about ten drives at current bargain prices, assuming your effort in assembly has negligible value).

    Regarding things to look out for, don []
    • Very cool, thanks! Both are good to know about. Hmm, maybe that's a session for the next Mac OS X Con []--hardware hacks like building your own Firewire drive without wasting money.


  • When next get paid I'm going to splurge the $94.99 and get a 3.5" Aluminum External Box W/ Mobile Rack For USB 2.0 []. I've got two 20 gig disks kicking about so this seems ideal for mp3 storage. A USB 2.0/IEEE 1394 card [] for $67.99 seems like a good companion.
  • Most 3.5" enclosures are HUGE. The only reasonably sized one I have found is the new one from Lacie. Lacie usually makes nice stuff; and ~$279 for 120GB (so ~$130 for the enclosure) doesn't seem TOO bad.

      - ask

    -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();