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macally PHR-100AC Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB2.0 (type B) + IEEE1394 External Enclosure

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  • 3.5"
  • USB2.0 (type B) + IEEE1394
  • Supports any capacity 3.5" ATA Hard Drives

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The powerful Macally PHR-100AC 3.5" external enclosure boasts a plethora of positive properties. This enclosure supports 3.5" ATA hard drives for up to your largest storage needs. It includes a USB 2.0 interface for faster data transfers or it's backward compatible with USB 1.1. it supports the IEEE 1394A (FireWire) interface to complete your connection options. The enclosure is Plug-and–Play compatible, and so easily installed and uninstalled without re-starts. The active LEDs display power and data access status.

What truly sets apart this enclosure is the secure key for user authentication and access control. It features real-time hardware based encryption, and bit-by-bit automatic encryption for the entire hard drive including boot sector, for ensuring data privacy. The sturdy aluminum body protects the drive, and also helps cooling. For rigidity against shocks, the PHR-100AC has shock absorbent rubber strips on top and bottom, and the stackable design ensures the enclosure can be placed with ease. This high-quality offering comes with a one-year warranty.

With serious on-board security, physical safety features, and connection options, this little unit is the enclosure that can do it all!

  • newegg Supports 3.5-inch Hard Drives The Macally PHR-100AC provides broad compatibility with standard 3.5-inch IDE hard drives.
  • newegg Striking Aluminum Body The solid aluminum body of the Macally PHR-100AC delivers excellent heat dissipation and tough, reliable hard drive protection.
  • newegg Blue LED The attractive blue LED indicates power/HDD activity and provides eye-catching fun, too.
  • newegg Extra Security Two secure keys are included for user authentication and access control.
  • newegg Dual Interfaces The Macally PHR-100AC combines two industry-leading external hard drive interfaces (IEEE1394 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0) for maximum performance and universal connectivity.

Learn more about the Macally (Mace Group) PHR-100AC

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Septimiu G.
  • 1/10/2012 8:06:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot the worst I ever had!

Pros: Bought it back in 2007 or 2008. Can not recall exactly.
The enclosure worked with any HDD (it works with IDE only) I used.
USB connection worked EVERY SINGLE TIME I used it.

Cons: FIREWARE ports did NOT work all the time and I guess it was depending by the computer I was trying to connect to (PC's only). Many times it would see the HDD through FireWire (it's name) but would NOT spin the HDD. Sometimes a computer reboot would help it out to start. I would say you would have 50% chances that FireWire would work correctly and as expected.

Other Thoughts: After a while the enclosure gets hot but as long as I could keep my hand on it without burning my fingers I would put it at PROS: chapter.
The enclosure started to "act" at the end of 2011 giving me HUGE delays (more than 10 minutes) in accessing the same HDD that it was inside for more than two years. It finally died in december 2011 when it would spin the HDD but not move the heads out on the disc.
Since FireWire ports are not reliable I would not buy this product again.

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 11/30/2011 9:23:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Deal !

Pros: Small but well ventilated, USB & Firewire Compatible

Cons: Assembly a bit tricky

Other Thoughts: Good housings and nice to make use of drives just lying around !

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 10/14/2011 1:33:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery useful !

Pros: Solid construction and easy to assemble.

Cons: None found !

Other Thoughts: Made use of a couple of IDE drives I had lying around, catchy 'Blue' disk activity lamp. Solid housing that keeps drives cool, even after 3-6 hours of operation !

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 10/3/2011 3:43:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal, solidly built !

Pros: Easy to assemble. No wasted space. Internal cable length adequate for assembly. Keeps drives cool.

Cons: If and when something turns up i'll let you know !

Other Thoughts: Excellent housings to make use of some old, IDE interface drives I had lying around !

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  • Treyson B.
  • 6/22/2011 8:56:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWell Build But Out of Date

Pros: Great for old model harddrives

Cons: OLD IDE format

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/17/2011 2:53:31 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect enclosure for old HDs

Pros: Has USB and FireWire ports
Works with outdated IDE HDs
Solid construction built with aluminum

Cons: Outdated now (as of 2011)
IDE HDs aren't used much anymore

Other Thoughts: To utilize my old IDE HDs with an old Mac that I have, I resorted to this product. It works perfectly. The FireWire port is great. The old Mac that I have has a USB port but it is version 1.1, which is way too slow for it to be useful aside for keyboards and mice. If you have old school stuff but they aren't ready to be tossed yet because they still work reliably, then this external case can help you keep them useful and running.

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  • Duane J.
  • 2/25/2010 6:11:55 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell built enclosure.

Pros: Easy installation, good price.

Cons: No fan.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to keep older drives, I no long use in my desktop PC, useful for backups. I have owned this enclosure for a nearly 2 years now and it still going strong. It is solidly built and again, keeps my WD 320GB useful. It is quite heavy to use a transportable drive, but that is what makes this enclosure a smart buy. The heat created by a drive is handled nicely by the aluminum material. A fan would be useful, but that would add to the cost. It is IDE only, but I highly recommend this enclosure.

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  • Adam B.
  • 1/5/2010 12:49:14 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3.5 Years and still going

Pros: I bought this enclosure and a WD 320GB drive over 3.5 years ago and both are still trucking even with lots of traveling and sitting in a tote bag I tend to take to work with me every day. I don't use the drive on a daily basis, probably a few times a month for backups. Enclosure is stackable, although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it (see cons).

Solid aluminum construction, shock pads for mounts, firewire chainable. Comes with stand to allow for vertical mount

Cons: Less than ideal cooling for drives that run hot (like mine)- vent is on the bottom when sitting flat (I lost my stand). This could be problematic if you had a bunch all stacked on each other, but isn't a huge deal.

No extra USB ports, LED is pretty big and bright and can't be dimmed. No fan.

Other Thoughts: I usually lay mine on its back during use to get the best ventilation of heat. All in all, this is a solid enclosure that has outlasted several others. Good buy.

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  • Jacob N.
  • 12/31/2009 12:58:52 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Enclosure

Pros: I've had this drive for a few years, and it works great. Very solidly constructed, I take it apart all the time to swap drives and do data recovery stuff. Works well.

Cons: The plastic end cap pieces are a little cheap, but the aluminum body has a great feel!

Other Thoughts: Sometimes it doesn't get enough power if using the same USB bus, and it has a hard time spinning a drive up, but if you turn it off/on a few times quickly it will spin up. Not a fault of the product so much as low power USB hubs.

Love it overall.

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  • John L.
  • 12/2/2009 7:01:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid, Fast, Works Great

Pros: - Strong case; cool aluminum material.
- Fast transfer speeds with Firewire IEEE1394
- Works! (I've had some cheaper cases that didn't work lol.)
- External power supply, silencer screws, USB and Firewire cables INCLUDED :D
- No huge bright lights to distract from your video presentations.
- Power switch, no power cord yanking needed to turn it on and off.
- Fast detection, good chipset quality
-Everything fits back together and screws securely

Cons: - Tricky little case stand to figure out, but it works none the less, you can push the case into it or slide it in from the side.
- Little pricey for an external case.

Other Thoughts: Only supports IDE drives, make sure you hard drive is IDE, not Sata.

Don't leave your external drives on idle connected to your computer for long periods of time, they last longer if you only run them when needed. If you need a drive constantly 24/7, perhaps install it in your case. IDE controllers can be purchased for boards that don't support IDE anymore. However, I'd just suggest using that money to buy a Sata instead for better speeds and keep the old IDE as an external drive yeah. Controllers seem to overheat too over time, I've tried a PCI-E IDE Controller and a IDE-to-SATA converter and both didn't last over a year with my amount of data work and video editing.

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