MacAlly PHR-250CC 2.5" IDE/PATA Hard Drive Enclosure

MacAlly PHR-250CC 2.5" IDE/PATA Hard Drive Enclosure
Rating:
★★★★1/2

Note: This is the same enclosure as the MacAlly PHRS250CC except it is for IDE/PATA hard drives

Pros: Well-built, aluminum enclosure for 2.5" IDE/PATA laptop hard drives with FireWire and USB 2.0 connections. Comes with all necessary cables such as a 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) cable, USB 2.0 to mini-USB 2.0 cable, and USB to power cable. Two (2) FireWire ports allow you to daisy-chain multiple FireWire drives to it. Unlike more inexpensive enclosures, this enclosure comes with an on/off switch which allows you to leave the hard drive enclosure physically attached to your Mac or PC but not have it powered on if you don’t want it to be.

Cons: The read/write LED is extremely bright! The LED alternates between red when writing and blue when reading data. In a poorly lit room, the brightness of the LED can be distracting. This is the only reason this enclosure didn’t get a five star rating.

Comments: If you’ve replaced the hard drive in your Mac laptop and are looking for a top-notch hard drive enclosure, look no further! I personally use the SATA version of enclosure when I’m out on service calls. I enjoy it’s relatively lightweight and that it has the two most common connections I encounter in the field: USB 2.0 & FireWire. If you have a mixed Macintosh environment, such as PowerPC-based Macs and Intel-based Macs, this is an ideal drive for you because you can boot from it (via FireWire for PPC-based Macs and via USB 2.0 or FireWire for Intel-based Macs). FireWire provides enough power to power the drive and is, therefore, bus-powered. USB 2.0 hasn’t always provided enough power to power the drive but the enclosure comes with a USB power cable just in case.


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