hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
1/16/23 12:37 p.m.

My early 2008 MacPro is finally aging out to the point where daily productivity is being affected. I'm switching to a Mac Mini but want to retain the drives I have in the MacPro. I'm looking at adding a 5-bay external drive enclosure. Hot-swappable isn't a necessity but I can see where it would be a nice option. The only issue I've seen on some of these enclosures is that the fans can be pretty noisy. If possible I think I'd prefer one that has a load/heat switch for fan control.

Is anyone currently using one that you like?

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/16/23 1:06 p.m.

Just for home?  No need for portable?

The two brands recommended to me were Orico and Synology.  I think synology stopped doing just dumb drive bays and now they do all NAS, but I could be wrong.  I got the synology because I wanted the NAS part

hobiercr GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
1/16/23 1:10 p.m.

In reply to Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) :

Just for home. I've got a 1TB portable drive I take if needed. I don't need the NAS feature, just a dumb drive bay.

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
1/16/23 1:24 p.m.

How big are those 5 drives?  If they're fairly small, you'll probably come out ahead buying one new drive that's big enough to hold all the data and copying it over.


GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/17/23 8:25 a.m.
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