I'm getting sick and tired of enclosure prices. Not only are they (more often than not) butt ugly, they're often times 2-3 times as much as I'd ever consider paying for them (case in point). I don't understand how manufacturers can keep getting it completely wrong, afa style, lack of fw400, or price. Is it me, or are decent Firewire enclosures getting harder and harder to find? Why hasn't the PC world embraced firewire? Why is USB2.0 ubiquitous, and firewire, relatively speaking, so rare (when it is superior)?
But with the new Airport Extreme, with the NAS-style functionality via the usb port, I have an idea to build something (not original), but I'm not sure it will work the way I'd like. Engineers... have a look:
Question is... will something like
this externally powered USB2.0 hub
have enough juice to power 4 drives connected to
4 of these usb/drive adapter thingies?
AND would OS X's disk utility software RAID be able to conglomerate the drives into a usable RAID (0, 5, or JBOD)? Really, I'm not sure how you could get the new Airport to raid USB drives (hack in, get disk utility installed...etc.), but if I could RAID off a USB2.0 PCI card, I'd be happy with the plan.
If so, for ~$60 (along with an old, emptied mac or something for a box), sacrificing speed, among other things, one can almost match the fucntionality of one of these outrageously priced $2.7K monstrosities
so... worky? or no-worky?
if you are aware of nice, handsome enclosures, perferably both USB2.0 & fw400, any chipset, for $30 or less, please post links.