Short version: I'm looking for a good, fast, portable 2.5" hard drive enclosure.
Full version: I had a similar setup with my PowerBook G4 and it worked bitchen. But that's all obsolete now & I need the modern equivalent... What I did last time was buy a new, big/fast 2.5" drive for the laptop. That left me with a better performing laptop. And a 2.5" Apple OEM hard drive left over. MacGurus sold an empty 2.5" portable drive enclosure with USB-II and FW400 connectors. It was a nice little road warrior setup that saw use only for overnight/travel jobs or as backup for the occasional off-site editing session or presentation gig.
So now I'm starting again with a new 15" 2.8GHz MBP and new 500GB 7200rpm Seagate. The 5400rpm OEM drive needs a new home and while we're at it, upping the ante to FW800 seems in order.
So this is where I seek the experiences of those who've traveled this path before or may be geeks enough to know something about the different controller chipsets (which I do not).
Examples on the theme…
Oyen Digital EB2
This one (which appears to be the same manufacture as the ATA to FW400 unit I had before)
I realize I'm getting a little OCD on the research here, but I'm not in a huge hurry and I hate dealing with issues & returns. An once of prevention... something something.
PS: Much love to those who've posted the SSD experiences. When the prices get more reasonable I'll be looking to use the new 500GB/7200rpm drive for data only. Looking forward to that.