Originally Posted by qhn
possible - yes, consistency - no to maybe
it depends on the size of the drive, the external housing, the usb port, power management setting, and of course - usb controller/driver
2.5 drive = more than likely, but be aware that depending on the current draw of the drive you may damage the usb port.
3.5 drives require an external power supply. 3.5 drives (using a desktop drive) are a heck of allot bigger /cheaper for each gig.
Best 3.5 drive enclosure on the market unless you want to spend really big bucks is the: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...060713?ie=UTF8
Apricorn also carries other units. They carry 2.5's as well and have excellent support. 800 number to call if you have questions. Respond to e-mails VERY quick... unlike all the other companies I contacted about some pre-sales questions about "chipsets".
DTC model uses the two best chipsets on the market:USB = Cypress: CY7C68300
Firewire = Oxford 911+
There are allot of enclosures on the market which use sub-standard (cheap) chipsets that will corrupt your data. This enclosure uses the (2) best chipsets available on the market for a combo enclosure.
FYI: The best mfg's use a separate chipset, one for the USB and another for the Firewire. The "el-cheap-o" ones use a 2nd tier chipset, or a combo chipset.. which is very bad news if you're concerned about NOT having your data corrupted!!!!