Help requested: need a 2.5 drive and enclosure

by Erica Sadun

Hey all you guys in reader land, I could use a hand. I need a 2.5" disk drive and USB-2 enclosure and I need to get them both quickly and at a reasonable price (i.e. fast, reliable shipping). I need at least 80G for the drive and the enclosure has to be very Macintosh friendly. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

(And yes, this is for the Apple TV. And yes, I do not know why I was convinced it was going to have a 3.5" drive--which I did have all ready but now can't use.)

Update: I ended up going to CompUSA, paying far too much, and getting a rotten enclosure. I'm having a lot of trouble with my disk duplication and I think it may be the enclosure--or Apple TV may be using some strange error correction. Dunno. Thanks to everyone for the tips!


2007-03-22 15:15:58
Try and do a search. Can't believe you are asking about deals though. I though you were the Deal Queen. :)
Tom Boucher
2007-03-22 16:01:14
The eEgo
2007-03-22 16:31:47
Try the US Modular Dragon Drive enclosure. Very awesome, bus powered.

2007-03-22 17:00:46
I stuffed a Hitachi Travelstar in a addlogix (formerly compuCable housing. Has both FireWire400 and USB. Slim 5 x 3 x 5/8 inches.
2007-03-22 17:40:33
OK Erica, what are you doing? In the end how long did it take to invalidate the warranty?

From other things I read today, the 7GB is already consumed by disk formatting and the OS/Ap. What's your plan for migrating this?

What I really want to know though, will you be able to hack it to play non-QT native formats (like .avi, divx etc)? Your mission should you choose to accept it....

I really need to know if this is going to be possible, because I have been holding off on the mini purchase to see what people, and you, can hack out of the Apple TV.

2007-03-22 17:46:47
Newegg is your friend. Fastest shipping Ever! Esp. if you pay the extra $3 for expedited processing.
2007-03-22 19:17:45
Just about any USB-2 enclosure should work. I got on at CrudUSA for $20, and another at a "show" for $9, and both of them did the job. (The drives came from busted iBooks.)

You're on your own for a hard drive. ;-)

2007-03-22 20:01:26
Get an enclosure that matches your AppleTV.

Tom Bridge
2007-03-23 09:01:12
I can't say enough good things about the 2.5" enclosures from
2007-03-23 11:19:17
I don't remember where you live, but Fry's had an ad for a 120gb drive in an enclosure for $80 this morning.

Good luck.

Randy Stewart

Dan D.
2007-03-23 16:58:02
Newegg, Hitachi, and MacAlly are your friends.
Robert Thille
2007-03-26 17:16:07

You in Sebastopol? I've got a 2.5" Firewire enclosure you can borrow. But you'd need to get your own drive, or just backup the image of the AppleTV drive to your mac.
Yurin Luck
2007-03-28 18:01:08
Just hump over to Best Buy/CompUSA/Fry's and be done with it. Here I was led to believe you were having some kind of a problem. Jeez.