Portable hard drives buying guide
Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:21 AM
For 2.5" drives, I've used both OWC Mercury and Wiebetech enclosures. They're both pretty good. I'd definitely go for the metal OWC/Wiebetech enclosures over plastic alternatives, for both ruggedness and heat dissipation.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:36 PM
Singling out OWC in this way is not fair. I've been purchasing drives (internal, external, full size and for my MacBook Pros) from them for over 15 years now for work and personal use. Over these years, I've had 2 drives fail but promptly replaced with no future failures. Sometimes, experiences like yours is just plain bad luck. OWC is a reputable place to buy; you can have bad luck with any reputable place.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:49 PM
I have bought a ton of OWC products, HDs and RAM, over the years. Nothing but great experiences and fabulous customer service. I won't go anywhere else.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:42 AM
I've bought dozens of bare drives (Seagate, WD, Hitachi), enclosures (OWC branded USB/firewire 3.5 and 2.5) , and memory sticks from OWC over the last 10+ years and I haven't any failures at all. Meanwhile every Apple supplied hard drive I own (Toshiba, Fujitsu) has died after 2-3 years of service, and several laptops I've purchased have had to be replaced by Apple due to various issues.
Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:42 PM
Such a poor accusation considering the fact that OWC does not manufacture hard drives. I have had nothing but top notch service from them, nor have I had a product fail from them. OWC does make hard drive ENCLOSURES, but they do not manufacture the DRIVES inside those enclosures. Pitch your fit against the DRIVE manufacturer, not the company selling the drives. All hard drives will eventually fail at some point, considering they are mechanical spinning devices that will wear out.