Multi-Bay Firewire Enclosure

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#1

Been looking at getting some more burners but have no room in my case for them :slight_smile: So I figured there has got to be some sort of case that would hold 8 5.25" drives and use a firewire interface.

Then I got to looking around and a firewire->ide converter that supports a single channel with master and slave is like $100. Kind of expensive. Would I be better off going with one external enclosure per burner (cost wise), or a multi-bay case with built in firewire?

I plan on adding 1-2 drives at a time, and not buying 8 at once. Also, I really don’t want to spend more than $100 on a single burner/enclosure combination, or more than $150 for a multi-bay unit and one drive (is this asking too much?)

I’ve found single drive enclosures that would work fine, but anyone seen multi-bay?


#2

What about these?

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=117701&page=7#post1018189

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.php?p=1006595&postcount=121

There are alternative products in Seoul but the company I contacted wanted about US$800 last year. It could be cheaper for me to order from a US ebay seller even it weighs more than 100 pounds.

If you don’t need to have 8 bays at once right now, it may be better to have 2-bay external case that has a good power supply and fans now and then later add better bays. Some are made of aluminum.


#3

That second one looks great and the price isn’t as bad as I thought either. But I just checked the ebay link and aution was cancelled for an error in minimum bid. I suppose building my own wouldn’t be too difficult, and more fun, if there was a good source for those firewire->ide converters.


#4

The seller has lots of alternatives. That 1394a bay link is rather old for an auction. Newer link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=167&item=5206920031&tc=photo for 1394a 8-bay case.

http://stores.ebay.com/Superldg-Store_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZkm

Here’s a 2-drive 52x CD duplicator.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31509&item=5205559561&tc=photo

US$105.99 + US$26 UPS Ground shipping.

4-bay case with 4 empty bays cost just as much.

I can’t find another seller and the cases all look like made by one company in China or Taiwan.