Apple makes no external hard drive right? wrong. I'm gunna make one. How? custom acrylic Case, USB to IDE adapter, and a fire wire power supply.
------------------------- __________________________ | | | | | o o | | USB PORT F/W Port | | | |________________________ | | | | | | | The USB port will serve to connect the hard drive to the | | computer. The fire wire has enough volts to power the | | hard drive with a few resistors and such. So, a custom | | Power adapter inside the case and the IDe plug to a female | o o | USB. The o's in that drawing are screws to hold the thing | | Together and will extend through the bottom to act as feet |------------------------| and have rubber inside to help shock absorb. The case will be painted white on the inside to match my iBook. and i'll add an LED and a frosted piece of plastic so that the hard drive can have an apple too! sweet innit?
That sounds great, but usb is slooooow, even in 2.0 form. FW400 beats it handily and FW800 which I know you cant do, matches up with an inboard disk as far as speed goes. I would just get an ata-FW adaptor instead. -maestro
Build your own case...for flexibility go for a USB 2.0 & FW case...then add in a 7200 RPM HD. If you get a 10K drive you might want to get a case that has a fan in it. Aluminum cases look nice and they help with your heat management as well.
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