i-tec MySafe Advance 2,5" External Case 2x FireWire 800 1x USB 3.0 for SATA I, II, III HHD SSD disk Aluminium enclosure for optimal heat dissipation
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- External USB 3.0 / FireWire 800 hard drive enclosure for all 6.4 cm (2.5") SATA I, II, II hard drives with a heigh of up to 12.5 mm.
- Data transfer speed up to 5 Gbps
- Robust aluminium construction for protecting the HDD and outstanding heat dissipation
- Two FireWire B plugs make it possible to connect multiple hard drives and use them at the same time over a single computer connection.
- Supported operating systems: Win XP Sp.3, Win Vista 32/64bit, Win 7 32/64bit , 8 32/64bit Mac OS
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|Item Dimensions||12.5 x 7.9 x 2.2 cm||13.5 x 1.5 x 7.4 cm||16.51 x 12.95 x 2.79 cm||2.54 x 8.89 x 14.48 cm|
|Item Weight||136 grams||57 grams||—||349 grams|
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i-tec MySafe 2.5 inches USB 3.0 + FireWire is an aluminium enclosure for 2.5 inches SATA I, II, III HDD and SSD hard drives up to 12.5 mm height. The aluminium construction, the air holes on the front panel and the cooling design of the case bottom provide a perfect heat dissipation. It is possible to connect the enclosure via USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) or FireWire B (800 Mbps) interface. Two FireWire B connectors allow connection of multiple disks and their simultaneous use in a single computer terminal. It is supplied with USB and FireWire cable.
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I fitted a Crucial 120Gb M500 SSD (an excellent device, we've used hundreds at work with never a hitch) for performance and installing Mavericks on it was a breeze. Indeed, performance has been so good that I've never booted off my old internal hard drive since installing it and it's now run 24 hours a day for the last 9 months without a hiccup.
Indeed, I've been so impressed that I recently bought the same combination for a friend's 2010 iMac. They had installed Windows 7 on their internal disk and wanted to try out Mavericks as well and are equally delighted: Mavericks off an SSD over FW800 boots way faster than Win7 off the internal hard disk (kinda as you'd expect but nonetheless good to see in practice).
Whilst the case is expensive, it is quite solid and has stood the test of time. Both of the units I've bought run entirely off the iMac FW cable (no other power or connections at all) - the choice of SSD probably helps here. The aluminium chassis means that it vanishes when stood on the foot of the iMac and cooling has never been an issue as they've never got warm at all (SSD again probably).
As a result, I'd certainly recommend this case as my experience has been quite the opposite of the previous post and my only reason for dropping a star is the cost: it would be nice to see it cheaper - if the price came down, I'd buy another to try out Yosemite...!
Cheap build quality
Price, thats why I give it 3 stars, it is expensive for what it is.
This works fine for booting up new Macs both with Firewire 800 and USB 3.0, although I only need USB 3.0 support with them, so Firewire support is irrelevant to them. However, with older Macs, it will only work with USB (running at USB 2.0 speeds because they're too old to have USB 3.0). With Firewire 800, with an old Mac Mini server (late 2009), I simply get a flashing folder, since the drive isn't recognised; with a Mac Pro (late 2009), the drive is recognised at start up and I can enter a password to decrypt the drive, but the Mac Pro gets no further and reverts to the internal drive.
All the latest firmware updates have been applied to the Macs and I've tried using the attached USB power cable, but nothing works. There's nothing on the support site for the enclosure, either.