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I have three 2.5" hard drives laying around (500GB, 320GB, 200GB), all SATA. Is there some type of enclosure I can get to stick these in where they are all accessible through one connection? Preferably firewire? (USB would be fine too)

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To do it, you'll need a device that supports JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks). It's kind off a RAID0, but accepts disks from different sizes.

I don't remember any vendor right now. I think that Western Digital has a sollution that works with JBOD. Iomega also has one, but I don't know if they sell without the disks.

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This is a tricky problem because the drives are different capacities, so I believe aggregating them with RAID0 is not possible (or it would appear as 3 times the lowest capacity drive, 600GB). And it may be difficult to find a triple-drive enclosure, especially one with FireWire. It doesn't really solve your problem, but buying 3 separate FireWire-enabled enclosures may be easier and cheaper, or sharing a single enclosure between the drives may make sense if you only have one FireWire port (and don't want to use a FireWire hub).

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firewire devices can be daisy-chained, so long as each enclosure has a second firewire port. no need for a hub. – quack quixote Jan 29 '10 at 4:15

you could use this drive by drive or just get three of them
have never used it so can't vouch for it

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I have seen this enclosure from Startech that supports 2.5 and 3.5 SATA drives but it uses eSATA. Suopports up to five drives.

Link works for me but now reports as repaced with a new SKU

Updated Enclosure

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"Product ID does not exist." – RJFalconer Feb 1 '10 at 21:05

what about something like this?

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ULTRA Aluminus - Desktop 4 Bay Enclosure - 3.5", USB 3.0, eSATA, JBOD, Black - U12-43130

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You need 3.5" to 2.5" adaptor rails – William Wade Oct 21 '14 at 20:54

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