… at same price point? Which is more reliable and wart-free? And what's this I'm reading on Amazon about Macally enclosures being unable to boot OSX from a USB connection??
I need something low-cost, I can live without Firewire I guess, but I don't want something with deal-breaking flaws. (LOL, who does?) I also see complaints about the USB-only Macally enclosures turning themselves off after "a few minutes" and there being no way to defeat that. Sounds like a possible deal-breaker to me. (God, I hate green fascism. )
This is for a Western Digital Caviar Black 650 GB. (WD6401AALS)
Most Western Digital drives cannot boot a G5.
Eh? Tell that to my G5, which has been booting from a WD internal drive for the past 7 years Seriously, I'm confused.
You need one of these:
I already have the WD drive, I bought it more than two years ago but have been increasingly terrified to install it inside the G5. At this point, I'd really rather not disturb the old dude. So I want to enclose the drive instead. And, like I said, I mustn't spend more than I absolutely have to.
I do already have bootable backup on an external G-Drive. (Yeah yeah yeah, I should have multiple bootable backups, please don't anyone bother jumping in with that. I know. I should have lots of other things, too. ) And even if I thought this Caviar Black drive was incapable of booting my machine (which I find hard to comprehend), I still wouldn't throw it away, I'd use it for extra photo and document backup. But if it's only to be used for that purpose I'm not sure BDAqua's warning against USB still holds. So you've thrown a bit of a wrench into this. Clarification will be appreciated