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Smallest FireWire Enclosure? 42

waffffffle asks: "For my job, I need to carry a bag of tech gear around with me all day. I've been able to cut down on the cables I carry by using only retractable cables, but my other devices are still bulky. I'm looking for the smallest FireWire 2.5" drive enclosure on the market. It seems that many of the sites selling enclosures don't list their dimensions and some of the slimmest enclosures are USB-only, but 6-pin FireWire is a requirement. What is the slimmest enclosure you know of?"
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Smallest FireWire Enclosure?

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  • ADS Tech (Score:4, Informative)

    by Marillion ( 33728 ) <ericbardes AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday June 28, 2005 @06:35PM (#12936573)
    I have a ADS Tech - Dual Link 2.5 [adstech.com] and I love it. It does both Firewire 400 and USB 2.0.
  • iPod! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by zygote ( 134175 ) on Tuesday June 28, 2005 @06:40PM (#12936610)
    Since you didn't specify a capacity (or you did and I didn't notice, bygones...)

    Check out the FW->Dock Connector adapter to avoid another specialty cable. Pocketdock http://www.sendstation.com/us/products/pd_combo.ht ml>

    If you can do less than 6 gigs, the iPod Mini is way small.

    Now, if you want small and CHEAP, well...
    • Seconded on the PocketDock. Bought one right after I got my mini, never used the dock cables again (I always carry retractable usb/fw cables). A little pricey ($28 shipped (from Germany!)), but worth every penny.
  • iPod? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by olcrazypete ( 592916 ) on Tuesday June 28, 2005 @06:42PM (#12936625)
    I use my iPod more for data than music. The PO for it listed it as a 'bus powered firewire hard drive' :) Essential if you are a mac admin who works on client machines. P
    • I don't have any music on my 60 GB iPod. I do have some audio, but it is mostly language lessons, and a series of physics lectures by Feynman. I have the last three Doctors of the classic Dr. Who series. All the episodes from like 1981 to the end of the show about ten years later. and, some Samurai Champloo. And, a bunch of other stuff that won't fit on my iBook, and I like to have handy wherever I might be.

      My only complaint... finding drivers for a decent filesystem for Windows is almost impossible
  • by ComputerSlicer23 ( 516509 ) on Tuesday June 28, 2005 @06:46PM (#12936651)
    This [lacie.com] is a FireWire/USB 40GB drive. I believe they have larger ones, but they get fairly pricy. With this you should be able to carry just one drive. It does have dimensons listed. The picture appears misleading (something just looks wrong about the perspective, I can't tell if it's just my brain misfiring, or the picture).

    Kirby

  • it would help (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    if you were clearer and indicated stuff like minimum drive volume needed read write etc. etc.


    so based on your ambiguity i'd say the ipod mini.


    if you're going to ask the /. cover all 5 sides.

  • A Daisy Cutter (Score:3, Informative)

    by cpt kangarooski ( 3773 ) on Tuesday June 28, 2005 @07:27PM (#12936947) Homepage
    It's metal, so fairly durable. It's only marginally larger than the 2.5 drive that goes inside the enclosure. It's bus powered, with two 6 pin fw ports, so that you can run pass throughs as well. (external adapters are available)

    Wiebetech sells it, rebranded. I got one from Small Dog, which you can google for.
  • They may be a little pricy, but the MicroGB+ [wiebetech.com] (USB and FireWire 400) or the ComboGB [wiebetech.com] (USB, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800) are likely to be the smallest enclosures for 2.5-inch drives that have the features you're looking for.
  • Go google it - two six pin connectors and the smallest 2.5 inch drive I have seen
  • Small enclose and a free HD! Oh, and it plays music too, or something. USB 2.0 and FireWire.
  • Check those out - their mobile hard-drives [lacie.com] come in USB 2.0 and FW/USB2.0 flavors. I own a USB2.0 drive, but I saw the FW model in my local Apple store - looks identical, utilises 6-pin cable, light and gorgeous.

    Also, on their web-page you can find all the dimensions and other specs - check it out, highly recommend.
  • Macally [macally.com] offers the PHR-250CC [macally.com]with both USB 2.0 and a pair of Firewire 400 ports. Choose any 2.5" drive, can I suggest the Hitachi E7K100 [hitachigst.com]or the E7K60 [hitachigst.com], and you're set. The case is just a little thicker than a deck of cards. I've had a pair of these for the past year, alot of miles on them, and no problems to report.
  • Check out Cool Drives [cooldrives.com], that's where I got the smallest USB 2.0/Firewire drive enclosure I've ever seen. Unfortunately, they no longer have the enclosure I have. Never had a problem with them.
  • iomega makes a combination USB/Firewire hard drive that's not too much bigger than the 2.5GB. It can be bus-powered by either USB or Firewire. I have a 40GB model [superwarehouse.com] and it works great with my iBook.
  • Why are the iPod recommendations modded up like crazy, while comments that actually answer the question left untouched? The poster didn't ask for a portable hard drive but for an enclosure. Unlike many Ask Slashdot requests, the question was very specific. The probably already has the 2.5" drive(s), or he's using it to house 2.5" drives for his job, and just looking for a small $20 enclosure, not a $200+ hard disk music player.
  • Here [g-technology.com] is where I found their G-Drive-mini line of portable drives, completely bus powered, and optionally powered with AC adapter for when you're low on laptop battery. The 40 GIG FW 400 model is priced at $149 and the 100 gig FW 400 is priced at $299
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82 E16822161822 [newegg.com]

    Iogear 40gb 1.8" external hd 4pin firewire 400, 5pin usb 2.0. ext power adapter. Metal casing
    Physical Spec
    Form Factor 1.8"
    Dimensions 0.6" x 4.8" x 3.1"
    Weight 0.5 lbs

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