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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

http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NexStar-NST-D100SU-2-5-Inch-3-5-Inch/dp/B00180MMZC

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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.

http://www.startech.com/item/SAT3550ESR-InfoSafe-5-Drive-2535-eSATA-RAID-SATA-HDD-Enclosure.aspx

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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Dang! That looks like a toaster! –  G-Man Oct 21 at 21:54

ULTRA Aluminus - Desktop 4 Bay Enclosure - 3.5", USB 3.0, eSATA, JBOD, Black - U12-43130 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8681088&CatId=4269

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

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