[conspire] questions re firewire pci card and firewire enclosure for 30GB hard drive

Paul Reiber reiber at gmail.com
Thu Dec 28 14:36:15 PST 2006

Darlene - SVLUG was recently given a bunch of hardware by Marc Merlin.

Only _some_ of it isn't really useful for our rack-mount needs.  That includes
a number of external disk drive enclosures.  You're welcome to grab one and
see if it suits your needs.

They're SCSI not firewire... but it'd be easy enough to adapt them to handle
a firewire drive, by running the firewire cable directly to the drive
itself rather
than using enclosure-specific cabling.

The power supply and box itself should serve you well.
Please let me know if you're interested & we'll work out the details.


On 12/28/06, Darlene Wallach <freepalestin at dslextreme.com> wrote:
> Since my VA Linux 420 only has a slot for one hard drive,
> and I purchased a 400GB ATA, I want to use the 400GB as
> the internal drive and move the 30GB hard drive as an
> external drive.
> I checked
> http://centralcomputers.com and
> http://www.microcenter.com
> for firewire cards.
> I also called Central Computers in Santa Clara asking how
> much a firewire card costs. I was told they had one in
> stock for $14.95. Since the prices are very different,
> I want to make sure I'm buying the right part for what I
> need.
> I also will need to purchase a firewire enclosure for my
> 30GB hard drive. I'm assuming I need to buy a 3.5" firewire
> enclosure. Daniel mentioned something about Oxford w/911
> chip - I do not know what that means.
> Also, I googled "firewire card" and looked at:
> http://www.firewire-1394.com/
> which only leaves me with more questions.
> http://www.firewire-1394.com/what-is-firewire-800.htm
> http://www.firewire-1394.com/what_is_firewire.htm
> Will the FireWire 400 not be supported soon? Does it
> matter?
> I do not buy online so I'll either get the card and
> enclosure at Central Computers or Micro Center.
> Are there recommendations for brand(s) for the
> firewire pci card?
> Are there recommendations for the brand(s) for the
> firewire hard drive enclosure?
> Thank you for your attention and consideration,
> Darlene Wallach
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