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Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure

B&H # MAPHRS250UAB Mfr # PHR-S250UAB
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Product Highlights
  • Convert Internal Drive To External Drive
  • Designed For 2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drives
  • Solid Aluminum Body Dissipates Heat
  • USB 2.0 & FireWire 400 / 800 Interfaces
  • Transfer Rates Up To 3 Gbps
  • LED Power & Drive Status Indicator
  • Hot Plug & Play
  • Bus-powered
  • Compatible With PC & Mac

The Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure converts any 2.5" SATA hard disk drive (up to 9.5 mm height), into a desktop external drive. This enclosure features a solid-aluminum body, which provides excellent heat dissipation. It's equipped with a USB 2.0 port that's backwards compatible with a USB 1.1 interface. The PHR-S250UAB features dual FireWire interfaces that support both FireWire 800 and 400 connections. The dual FireWire ports also facilitate additional storage via daisy chaining multiple drives together. There are two shock-absorbent rubber strips that buffer each side of the enclosure, augmenting both durability and grip. The PHR-S250UAB is hot-pluggable, bus-powered and compatible with both PC and Mac.

Features
• Designed for 2.5" SATA hard disk drives (up to 9.5 mm height)
• Solid Aluminum body for excellent heat dissipation and protection
• Supports USB 2.0 (up to 480 Mbps) and USB 1.1 (up to 12 Mbps) host connection
• Supports both FireWire 800 & FireWire 400 connection
• Dual FireWire ports for daisy-chain connection
• Hot plug & play
• Shock absorbent rubber strip on top and bottom
• Active LED to indicate power and data access
• No AC power adapter required
Interface / Transfer Rate (Max) USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)
USB 1.1 (12 Mbps)
FireWire 400 (400 Mbps)
FireWire 800 (800 Mbps)
Drive Types Supported 2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drive (up to 9.5 mm height)
Multi-Drive Daisy Chain Multiple FireWire ports support daisy chain connection
Desktop/Rackmount Desktop / portable
Case Material Aluminum with rubber strips
LED Indicators Power status LED
Data access status LED
System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
Mac OS X 10.2.8 - 10.6 or higher
Any desktop or laptop computer with an available USB or FireWire port
Power Requirements Bus-powered
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    MacallyPHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure
     
    4.7

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (11)
    • Easy to install (10)
    • Durable (9)
    • Quiet (7)
    • Roomy (3)

    Cons

    • Hot (4)

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (10)
    • Home (8)
    • Office (8)
    • Upgrade (4)
    • Replacement (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (9), Heavy duty user (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (3), Personal (3)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    why bother buying a portable hard disk?

    My background is: Mac user with bad experiences with all portable hard drive companies. I was sick to be charged double 'cause of the firewire feature, so I bought this case which has...Read complete review

    My background is: Mac user with bad experiences with all portable hard drive companies. I was sick to be charged double 'cause of the firewire feature, so I bought this case which has firewire and additionally the AMAZING Daisy chain feature (allow you to connect multiple hard drive in chain) using only one port from your mac. You'll probably agree with me that the extra ports aren't the strength on macs, so this little feature is specially useful.The installation is pretty quick and easy and the hard drive looks pretty solid compared with Western digital or Seagates...The size is quite reasonable, however I'd be lying telling you that I classify as ultra portable, is just portable...I had the original hard drive from my mac before I upgraded it, so I got a top notch drive for less than [$] bucks.. ;)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not happy with this one ....

    I've been using Macally external enclosures with my various Macs for many, many years. Although I've had 2 or 3 of the 3.5" Firewire models fail over the years, I still...Read complete review

    I've been using Macally external enclosures with my various Macs for many, many years. Although I've had 2 or 3 of the 3.5" Firewire models fail over the years, I still return to Macally as my brand of choice and didn't hesitate for a moment ordering this external Firewire 800 enclosure for 2.5" SATA drives.

    Well, I purchased two of them and both exhibited the same tendency: they ran HOT ... too hot for comfort. So I returned them and exchanged them for two of the same model. Nothing changed. They both run hot. I've had to install a couple of small DC fans near each enclosure to keep the temperatures down.

    Each enclosure is fitted with 500GB SATA drives that do NOT run hot when installed in the standard Firewire 400 model.

    Another thing about the Firewire 800 model: there's no on/off switch. Macally has decided not to include this switch for some reason, which means the only way to really turn it off completely is to detach it from the system with each shut down. What a pain that is. Simple task, yes ... but a pain nonetheless. Why in the world did Macally not include a simple on/off switch?

    The drives do work ok. But I can't give them a good rating considering the heat and lack of switch. And I can't help but wonder why no one else has cited the running temperature and the lack of switch?

    I intend to purchase a couple of the Firewire 400 versions as replacements for these. They might be slightly slower, but at least they'll run cool!

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    2.0

    Not happy with this one ....

    By SMG

    from New Jersey

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Pros

      Cons

      • Hot
      • Missing Key Components

      Best Uses

        Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

        I've been using Macally external enclosures with my various Macs for many, many years. Although I've had 2 or 3 of the 3.5" Firewire models fail over the years, I still return to Macally as my brand of choice and didn't hesitate for a moment ordering this external Firewire 800 enclosure for 2.5" SATA drives.

        Well, I purchased two of them and both exhibited the same tendency: they ran HOT ... too hot for comfort. So I returned them and exchanged them for two of the same model. Nothing changed. They both run hot. I've had to install a couple of small DC fans near each enclosure to keep the temperatures down.

        Each enclosure is fitted with 500GB SATA drives that do NOT run hot when installed in the standard Firewire 400 model.

        Another thing about the Firewire 800 model: there's no on/off switch. Macally has decided not to include this switch for some reason, which means the only way to really turn it off completely is to detach it from the system with each shut down. What a pain that is. Simple task, yes ... but a pain nonetheless. Why in the world did Macally not include a simple on/off switch?

        The drives do work ok. But I can't give them a good rating considering the heat and lack of switch. And I can't help but wonder why no one else has cited the running temperature and the lack of switch?

        I intend to purchase a couple of the Firewire 400 versions as replacements for these. They might be slightly slower, but at least they'll run cool!

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        4.0

        Great 2.5" SATA Enclosure

        By Bondja

        from Missouri

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet
        • Spacious

        Cons

        • Hot

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

        This is a great enclosure. I own 3 of them. Can be piggybacked. FireWire speed on the Mac is around 14 mbs. Only con is sometimes they can get pretty hot.

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        5.0

        Work as advertised

        By netsurfer

        from MA

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Can Think Of Any

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • Home
        • Multimedia
        • Office
        • Replacement
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

        Perform as expected

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        5.0

        Great value!

        By Dduval

        from Prattville, AL

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet
        • Spacious

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Office
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

          I'm pleasantly surprised by the performance of this enclosure. I'm using the FW800 connection and its a HUGE improvement over my older USB enclosure. Very nice!

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By VA PC Doctor

          from Lynchburg, VA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

              Use it as a TimeMachine backup via firewire 800 with a spare internal Macbook hardrive. No complaints it runs beautifully using bus powered firewire.

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              4.0

              Keep buying these and they do the trick.

              By Steve the IT guy

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Firewire 800 And Usb

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                I keep buying these because of the dual firewire/usb interface and they have met expectations. They are a good DIY enclosure stand in for the Lacie rugged drives. I use them to store prores videos from various recorders and hand off to clients. Buy a 500GB hitachi, install it, format it ExFat and they work on both mac and PC. Alternately I have taken that same hitachi esata drive and used it in an Atamos or Pix recorder, then later installed it in this unit and handed to the client.

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                5.0

                Best Thing Since White Rice

                By Inita Mac

                from Midwest

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Office

                  Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                  The aluminum casing makes it nice and light, which is great for portability and heat dissipation. I don't recommend you set this on your lap or bed, because the case will get hot if you have to format a huge 250 GB HD or transfer larger video files.

                  Installation of the hard drive was a breeze and didn't require the (included in package) software installation disc. It's nice to know I can backup my data easily to this external drive. This does not have the more robust Oxford chip, but who cares since the price is right and I've had one of these for years without any issues.

                  It's nice of the manufacturer to include the firewire 400, 800, and USB cords in the package so you won't have to spend any extra coin for the cords. The Macbook Pro laptops can run this case just fine off the firewire cord, without needing any extra power.

                  In summary, a nicely designed budget friendly case that will fit in your luggage, without adding much bulk in size or weight.

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                  5.0

                  Works great

                  By Dustin

                  from Grandville, MI

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Quiet
                  • Small

                  Cons

                  • Hot
                  • Price could be better

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Replacement
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                  comes with 2 firewire 800 ports, 1 firewire 400 port, 1 usb-b port and the optional dc adapter. easy to install inside and COMES WITH ALL NECESSARY CABLES. that is the biggest plus for me

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                  5.0

                  so far so good

                  By td

                  from NY NY

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comes with cables
                  • Small and sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Secondary storage

                    Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                    Seems to be a well thought out enclosure- everything fits the way it's supposed to. The drive I put in it now is a 500 WD Scorpio- fast for a traditional rotational drive- and the firewire 800 works quite nicely with my macs.
                    Construction seems solid, but time will tell- I've only had it like 2 weeks, and haven't taken it off my desk yet- but I'd guess it will withstand some moderate travel time.
                    Be aware- it does come with fw 400- 800 usb cables- you won't need to buy them unless you want something longer than the 3 footers that they include.

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                    5.0

                    why bother buying a portable hard disk?

                    By jsubiabre

                    from Montreal, Canada

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Install

                    Cons

                    • Loud

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Multimedia
                    • Office
                    • Replacement
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                    My background is: Mac user with bad experiences with all portable hard drive companies. I was sick to be charged double 'cause of the firewire feature, so I bought this case which has firewire and additionally the AMAZING Daisy chain feature (allow you to connect multiple hard drive in chain) using only one port from your mac. You'll probably agree with me that the extra ports aren't the strength on macs, so this little feature is specially useful.The installation is pretty quick and easy and the hard drive looks pretty solid compared with Western digital or Seagates...The size is quite reasonable, however I'd be lying telling you that I classify as ultra portable, is just portable...I had the original hard drive from my mac before I upgraded it, so I got a top notch drive for less than [$] bucks.. ;)

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                    5.0

                    Great Enclosure. Great price

                    By Rob

                    from Boulder, CO

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                          Pros:
                          Great price for a rock solid enclosure. This is the best FW 800 enclosure I have found. 4 interfaces (FW: 2x800, 1x400 + 1 USB) allowing for great daisy-chaining. MacBook Pro can boot quickly off drive. I own 3 of these and can run them all without additional power. Very solidly built with rubber skids on both sides...top shelf product.

                          Con:
                          They get a little warm

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                          5.0

                          Tight, quite and secure

                          By OCDMusician.com

                          from Texas

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Install
                          • Quiet
                          • Spacious

                          Cons

                          • Warm

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                          This is my first firewire experience. I've used many USB cases, some with more success than others.

                          This case is very secure, and with the 800 cable is twice as fast as USB (obviously).

                          Give it plenty of breathing room, as it does run a little warm.

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                          5.0

                          Great Product, Great Price, Fast Deliver

                          By Jeff

                          from Oak Hill, VA

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Case has air vents
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Install
                          • FireWire 800 is fast
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • Hot

                          Best Uses

                          • Great for backups
                          • Home
                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                          I put a 500 GB Seagate HD in the enclosure and I use it for doing Time Machine backups. The drive fits nicely into the enclosure and the FireWire 800 is incredibly fast. The only downside is that the drive runs hot and transfers the heat to the enclosure. While there are air vents on the enclosure, the aluminum case gets hot, about as hot as the Mac sometimes gets.

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                          5.0

                          Should have gotten this first

                          By jlauritsen

                          from Maryland

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Install

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup drive

                            Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            I should have gotten this first. I was looking for a enclosure to make an external drive and after trying a few casings that didn't function or work for a long time, I got this. It is solidly built and I could have saved money if I just started with this product. If your looking to make an external drive, start here with your casing. Don't waste your money on some of the cheaper models that you think will work...

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                            4.0

                            Great Product

                            By LShaped210

                            from San Antonio, TX

                            About Me Video Editor and DJ

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • No power adapter

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            This is an awesome product. Works flawlessly. Only reason I gave it four stars is because it should come with an ac adapter to plug it in to a power outlet. It does however come with a usb power adapter, but I would rather not take up another usb port on my Macbook Pro. (keep in mind that this unit is powered by the firewire/usb bus, so no adapter is actually needed.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Great for Macbook Pro!

                            By Redraven571

                            from PA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to set up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                            • A bit warm with heavy use

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            Received this product the other day and am impressed with its appearance and build quality. Dropped in the 320GB 7200RPM HDD I removed from my MBP, as previously mentioned by other reviewers, the fit is a little snug; plugged it in using FW 800 and BAM!, files practically flew across onto the external HDD.

                            I am planning on using this to store iMovie projects so I don't fill up my primary HDD. I have been able to convert and edit movies stored on the external HDD without any lag, hangups, etc.

                            Enclosure gets a bit hot when heavily accessing the HDD but it's aluminum so it helps dissipate heat.

                            Would buy another one without question.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Brilliant

                            By N the laptop addict

                            from Quebec, CA

                            About Me Avid laptop user, Has a lot of multimedia, Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Case is a heat sink
                            • Fast transfer speeds
                            • High quality
                            • Sturdy

                            Cons

                            • Gets hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            I keep my old laptop hard drive in here after replacing it with a bigger size.

                            Good things: Firewire 800 is bloody fast. The enclosure is nice and solid. The cables are sturdy and high quality.

                            The not so good: it does get hot. Quiet hot. When I was cloning my hard drive before my replacing my laptop, I had to keep a ice-pack (wrapped in a towel) on top of it for most of the 6-hours it took to complete.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            All good.

                            By Noivad

                            from SF Bay Area

                            About Me Evaluates HWSW, Hardware Savvy, IT Expert

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Cables included
                            • Easy Assembly
                            • Rugged
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Data Backup
                            • Drive cloning
                            • Portable storage

                            Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            If you're looking for a FW800/400/USB2 enclosure look no further. This one is sturdy and very easy to assemble. 2 well machined screws hold on the backplate, and 4 screws to secure the drive. A spare 2.5" drive, a small phillips screwdriver and 5 minutes is all it takes to have a new external HD.

                            The rubber runners, top and bottom are a nice touch, and overall the fact that it's aluminum means I won't break the case in case of a drop.

                            I've used other plastic external cases before, and their screws were as pain to get screw in, and getting to holes to line up was a chore. This case, being metal avoids those problems.

                            I highly recommend this case and currently B&H had it for the lowest price I can find.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Terrific and comes with all the cables

                            By Max

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Install
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Multimedia
                              • Office

                              Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                              Just a terrific enclosure. Easy installation, well-made, fast. Also be aware that it comes with all kinds of cables including a FW800 one. I bought one separately because the description does not mention it. At least three different cables are included.

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                              5.0

                              Great Drive Enclosure

                              By digstilld20

                              from Anthem, Arizona

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Macally PHR-S250UAB Hi-Speed FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                                I am using a Seagate 2.5 650gb drive and it just works

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