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Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure

B&H # MAGS350SUAB2 Mfr # G-S350SUAB2
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Product Highlights
  • Convert Internal Drive To External Drive
  • Designed For 3.5" SATA I & II HDDs
  • Solid Aluminum Body Dissipates Heat
  • USB, FireWire & eSATA Interfaces
  • Transfer Rates Up To 3 Gbps
  • LED Power & Drive Status Indicator
  • Hot Plug & Play
  • Auto-Switching Universal AC Adapter
  • Compatible With PC & Mac

The Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure converts any 3.5" internal SATA I or SATA II hard disk drive into a desktop external drive. This desktop 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 G-S350SUAB2 also features multiple FireWire interfaces that support both FireWire 800 and 400 connections. The multiple FireWire ports also facilitate additional storage through daisy chain connections. For speedy data transfers, this enclosure is equipped with an eSATA interface, which is capable of transfer rates up to 3 Gbps. It's hot-pluggable and can be stacked horizontally or placed vertically on your desktop. The G-S350SUAB2 is highlighted by data and power LED indicators. It's endowed with an auto-switching universal AD adaptor and is compatible with both Mac and PC.

Features
• Designed for all 3.5" SATA I and SATA II hard disk drives
• 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
• eSATA port (up to 3 Gbps) ready
• Supports both FireWire 800 & FireWire 400 connection
• Multiple FireWire ports for daisy-chain connection
• Hot plug & play
• Horizontal position for stacking, and space saving vertical position with stand
• Easy-to-access front power button
• Active LED to indicate power and data access status
• Auto switching 110 - 240 V AC adaptor included
Interface / Transfer Rate (Max) USB 2.0 (480 Mbps)
USB 1.1 (12 Mbps)
FireWire 400 (400 Mbps)
FireWire 800 (800 Mbps)
eSATA (3 Gbps)
Drive Types Supported 3.5" SATA I Hard Disk Drive
3.5" SATA II Hard Disk Drive
Multi-Drive Daisy Chain Multiple FireWire ports support daisy chain connection
Desktop/Rackmount Desktop: Horizontal for stacking
Desktop: Vertical with stand
Case Material Aluminum
LED Indicators Power status LED
Data access status LED
System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista or 7
Mac OS X 10.2.8 - 10.6 or higher
Any desktop or laptop computer with an available SATA, USB or FireWire port
Power Requirements AC 110 - 240 V (Auto-Switching)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure
  • Auto-Switching AC Adapter
  • Stand
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    MacallyG-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (8)
    • Easy to install (7)
    • Quiet (6)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (6)
      • Back-up (4)
      • Home (4)
      • Office (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Heavy duty user (5), Frequent user (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sturdy, easy install, stylish, FAST!

      I looked into a LOT of HDD enclosure cases with the FW 800 port after I got an iMac to hook with an extra HDD I had from the previous Mac.
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      I looked into a LOT of HDD enclosure cases with the FW 800 port after I got an iMac to hook with an extra HDD I had from the previous Mac.

      Installation was very straight forward, just a couple of screws which come with, no fans, means quiet, well built piece, this is.

      I also like this because it has 2 (TWO) Firewire 800 ports in the back so I can "daisy chain" Macbook Pro (or HDD) to transfer movie files which I have to do quite occasionally.

      I like my stuff to be set-it-up-and-forget-it, it turns on/off itself with the iMac. I LOVE it.

      If there is one thing, that I would fix about this, is the power switch light. It's bright and blue, only wish it was cool white and dimmer.

      Bottom line: if you like the Firewire 800 (AKA:1394b) speed, don't go cheap, this is well worth the money.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Does not boot from FireWire

      I bought it to boot Mac OS X on my aged MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it is not possible from either FireWire 800 or 400. It boots perfectly from USB but USB is way...Read complete review

      I bought it to boot Mac OS X on my aged MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it is not possible from either FireWire 800 or 400. It boots perfectly from USB but USB is way too slow compared to FireWire 800. After a little research I found that the previous model (G-S350SUA) that looks the same but only have FireWire 400 has the same problem. If McAlly cannot fix it they must at least state it in the product specifications.

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      5.0

      Simple and easy to use

      By VideoPorter

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Home
        • Office

        Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

        I've only had this thing for a few weeks but I already like it very much. I was getting tired of the annoying open HDD docks- they always stopped working after a short while. I'm hoping this will last longer- it seems very sturdy and the hard drive doesn't wobble around at all.

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        4.0

        Good Enclosure

        By Picturellex10

        from Queretaro, MX

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Fresh

        Cons

        • Missing Key Components

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

        Storage enclosure, i use this for my Photo Backup, it works great with my WD green Caviar via eSata, firewire 800 works well, but i had a problem with the USB connection, tho i dont really need it.

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        4.0

        Sparks Fly!

        By KP

        from NYC

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Electrical Issues

        Best Uses

          Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

          The enclosure works as it should for my purposes of backing up and swapping out backup drives. I'm glad to know that it cannot boot from Firewire.

          The one con I've found deals with the power cable. The power cable needs to be plugged into the unit prior to being plugged into an AC source. If done in reverse (plugging in a hot power cable) the current arcs from the cable tip to the enclosure and sparks do fly. A bit disconcerting.

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          5.0

          great enclosure

          By Flyer Fan

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Replacement

            Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

            i bought this hard drive enclosure to replace one that went bad (the hard disk was still good). easy to setup and use. attractive design.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent, but it has a glitch ...

            By Steve

            from North Jersey

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                I've been using Macally products with my Macs for many, many years and have come to trust the brand completely. This external hard drive enclosure certainly does its job well ... except for one thing: it can't be used as an external Boot-Up drive!

                After repeated but failed attempts at trying to use this enclosure and a trusted hard drive to boot up my Mac Mini, I called Macally technical support and found out that there's an embedded glitch in this model's chip set that cannot be defeated. It appears that the latest firmware for this Firewire 800 device bypasses the boot-up function ... an obvious error on the part of Macally's tech people.

                If you're using this enclosure strictly for external storage, then it's excellent in every way; build, capacity, speed, versatility, etc. But if your hard drive includes your system software/operating system and you're intending to use it to start up your machine ... well, you'll need to look elsewhere. What a shame.

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                5.0

                Go for it !

                By Alextahiti

                from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Install
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                  I had to deal with a SATA II hard drive enclosed to an external bay in USB2 that would dismount on my new imac each time an USB key is plugged. A problem with the external enclosure for sure, so I couldn't afford loosing more time and choose this Firewire 800 enclosure that I received less than 8 days after ordering ... in Tahiti ! I'm very happy with the purchase, I don't have the problem anymore and file transfer is really quick. Very nice built product, great look and style fit with the imac. Very easy to assemble the hardrive also.

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                  5.0

                  Looks cool - runs cool - delivers the go

                  By zuikophile

                  from NC

                  About Me IT pro amateur photog

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Efficient
                  • High performance
                  • Solid hardware
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                    Houses 1TB 7200 WD Black with photo raw files. Delivers data quickly to 2009 iMac with FW800. I thought it would be a step down from my previous eSATA connection to PC but the Mac/FW800 combo with this enclosure is pretty fast. Metal body complements iMac look and keeps disk running cool. I like the quad interface for future flexibility. Easy as pie to hook this up with the Mac.

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

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So for So Good

                    By Markawat

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Navigate

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                      Seemed to be one of the few HD enclosures with firewire800 and a daisy chain. Hilariously, I went to plug it in, and noticed I only have (1) firewire800 port in my imac, and it's being used by a soundcard interface, and my buddy says since I'm only using it for samples that 2.0 usb is fine. Oy. Coulda saved $40. However, sleek design, aluminum and airholes are great. Enjoy.

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

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                      5.0

                      Excellent enclosure

                      By k9sound

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                          Has Firewire 800 that my previous Macally enclosure didn't have (which choked Pro Tools on occasion). Firewire 800 is very fast, and even as USB3 and Thunderbolt are on the horizon, I will likely continue to use this enclosure (with 7200 RPM drives) alongside newer technologies.

                          As with any other enclosure, this one requires some effort to install the drive using one or two screwdrivers. Other than that, it's fairly straightforward: turn on the drive and get to work!

                          One of the best (among the few) 3.5" SATA enclosures that has so many ports.

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

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                          5.0

                          Good product, as advertised.

                          By Sjumba

                          from collegeville, pa

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Install
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                            Easy to set up and worked right out of the box with FW 800.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Does not boot from FireWire

                            By User

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design

                            Cons

                            • Does not work as expected

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                              I bought it to boot Mac OS X on my aged MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it is not possible from either FireWire 800 or 400. It boots perfectly from USB but USB is way too slow compared to FireWire 800. After a little research I found that the previous model (G-S350SUA) that looks the same but only have FireWire 400 has the same problem. If McAlly cannot fix it they must at least state it in the product specifications.

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                              5.0

                              Great enclosure!

                              By Karl from Tx

                              from Dallas Metro area, TX

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Quiet
                              • Works well with iMac

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Replacement

                                Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                                I bought this as a replacement for my 750 Gig external drive that has given me problems since I bought it. The old enclosure would prevent full boot of computer until I disconnected it and eventually quit working all together.

                                I removed the drive from the old enclosure and easily installed it in this one. Once I plugged it in it worked flawlessly. No problems with restarts anymore. A bonus is that it is much quieter than the old enclosure.

                                Since I am using this hard drive as the primary backup for my computer, I am thrilled that it is now working as it should.

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                                4.0

                                Love it

                                By Jawn

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Infrequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Its Purrdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Office

                                  Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                                  This is the 2nd one I'm buying. Being that they are the only things that sit on my desk looking pretty is a big concern. I only use them for backup so they dont get a lot of use though.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Sturdy, easy install, stylish, FAST!

                                  By Avid Mac user

                                  from Bozeman MT

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Two Firewire ports

                                  Cons

                                  • The blue led power light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Macally G-S350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/FireWire/USB 2.0 Storage Enclosure:

                                  I looked into a LOT of HDD enclosure cases with the FW 800 port after I got an iMac to hook with an extra HDD I had from the previous Mac.

                                  Installation was very straight forward, just a couple of screws which come with, no fans, means quiet, well built piece, this is.

                                  I also like this because it has 2 (TWO) Firewire 800 ports in the back so I can "daisy chain" Macbook Pro (or HDD) to transfer movie files which I have to do quite occasionally.

                                  I like my stuff to be set-it-up-and-forget-it, it turns on/off itself with the iMac. I LOVE it.

                                  If there is one thing, that I would fix about this, is the power switch light. It's bright and blue, only wish it was cool white and dimmer.

                                  Bottom line: if you like the Firewire 800 (AKA:1394b) speed, don't go cheap, this is well worth the money.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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