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fuzzn
Sep 7, 2006, 07:40 AM
hey everyone! so i've seen that quite a few people have some pretty sweet external hard drives and external casings, and since i'm looking for one for myself, i thought why not get some good ideas from the pro's themselves!

Post away!

pjarvi
Sep 11, 2006, 09:36 PM
http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=49997&thumb=1&d=1149980680

2x NexStar GX Enclosures
1x AcomData 160GB External Drive

Xander562
Sep 11, 2006, 09:39 PM
http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=49997&thumb=1&d=1149980680

2x NexStar GX Enclosures
1x AcomData 160GB External Drive
wow, spiffy, i like how the two have the same form-factor as the Mini.

pjarvi
Sep 11, 2006, 09:53 PM
They line up nicely when stacked, but the bottom of the Belkin hub doesn't quite fit inside the edges on top of the NexStar's, so it can move around when plugging cables in. I eventually took the hub and Mini off and moved them underneath my monitor.

xfiftyfour
Sep 11, 2006, 09:57 PM
not mine, but i really like these (http://www.rosewill.com/product/product.aspx?productId=79). would be a great companion to a G5 or Mac Pro.

xsedrinam
Sep 11, 2006, 10:21 PM
Both the Maxtor and LaCie d2 have worked like a charm w/ no FW issues when Panther upgrade came around. I'm ordering another LaCie Little Big Disk in a couple of months.

livingfortoday
Sep 12, 2006, 12:57 AM
not mine, but i really like these (http://www.rosewill.com/product/product.aspx?productId=79). would be a great companion to a G5 or Mac Pro.

I have a USB 2.0 version for sale/trade if you're interested... :D

Clydefrog
Sep 12, 2006, 02:33 PM
http://www.levi.cz/image/WD_MyBookEssential.jpg
http://www.lesnumeriques.com/produits/89/373/89_373_7.jpg

thebeephaha
Sep 13, 2006, 12:43 AM
Vantec Nexstar 3 w/USB 2 and eSATA

Now all I need is this: http://www.barefeats.com/hard71.html

And I'm all set!

brikeh
Sep 13, 2006, 03:44 AM
External Drives in pic:
Iomega 250gb USB2
Western Digital 80gb USB2

ghall
Sep 19, 2006, 12:37 PM
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000CBUXHC.01-A9B09ZK9BZJQ6.PT03._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V41772894_.jpg

Should be arriving by UPS any time now.

xfiftyfour
Sep 19, 2006, 01:11 PM
I have a USB 2.0 version for sale/trade if you're interested... :D
heh. i thought i saw you'd traded it off? maybe i'm thinking wrong.

in any case, as much as i love 'em, my old lacie 160 is plenty enough for me. enough to store my software + do a full backup of my macbook's 120.

i decided to invest in some speakers, instead.

thanks though. :)

tombarnes
Sep 19, 2006, 01:15 PM
This is my new hard disk. I bought this one because it is the best looking external hard drive I could find. 160GB, 7200rpm, aluminium cased, USB 2.0.

I'm going to be using it purely for backup of all my iTunes music and videos, movies etc.

Freecom 160GB Hard drive

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c63/tombarnes/B000GTM7OW.jpg

Markleshark
Sep 19, 2006, 01:33 PM
Does anyone know where I can get a enclosure that can hold more than one HDD? In the UK if possible, if not, somewhere that will at least ship to the UK. Cheers.

Edit - Found a few. It's cheaper to build a half decent PC and use it as a headless file-server....

backsidetailsli
Sep 19, 2006, 02:13 PM
http://www.levi.cz/image/WD_MyBookEssential.jpg

ditto

i4k20c
Sep 19, 2006, 03:31 PM
I wish the Lacie Porsche models came with BOTH USB 2.0 and Firewire 400..
:( I think i may end up using that roswill case, but it is kind of pricey for the usb2.0 and firewire 400 model.. also having a hard time finding it online! :mad:

iGary
Sep 19, 2006, 03:34 PM
Whole thread = :rolleyes:

EGT
Sep 19, 2006, 06:41 PM
Don't shun it iGary. In fact, I have a better idea!

Post your Internal Hard drives!

:D

RedTomato
Sep 19, 2006, 07:09 PM
http://www.powermax.com/imagedata/image_150x150/appl_pmg3bw.jpg

Witness my external hard drive, and quake in your boots.

3x300GB SATA drives in RAID5 attached to a RocketRaid 2220 pci / pci-x card from ebay. Plus a cheap gigabit ethernet card.

Soon to have a 4th 300Gb SATA drive inserted.

1TB (roughly) SATA RAID 5, webserver, media server, backup storage, video editing storage, running OS X for about £400. Plus room on the raid card for a further 4x SATA disks to take it up to 2 TB or whatever.

It feeds my main workstation, a PBG4 1.5ghz, plus a small deaf arts charity of about 4 staff, equipped with ibooks.

If I had to do it again, I'd pick a cheap Powermac G4 - installed gigabit, stronger power supply, better energy management and wake-on-lan would help a lot.

CrackedButter
Sep 19, 2006, 07:12 PM
http://www.powermax.com/imagedata/image_150x150/appl_pmg3bw.jpg

Witness my external hard drive, and quake in your boots.

3x300GB SATA drives in RAID5 attached to a RocketRaid 2220 pci / pci-x card from ebay. Plus a cheap gigabit ethernet card.

Soon to have a 4th 300Gb SATA drive inserted.

1TB (roughly) SATA RAID 5, webserver, media server, backup storage, video editing storage, running OS X for about 400. Plus room on the raid card for a further 4x SATA disks to take it up to 2 TB or whatever.

It feeds my main workstation, a PBG4 1.5ghz, plus a small deaf arts charity of about 4 staff, equipped with ibooks.

If I had to do it again, I'd pick a cheap Powermac G4 - installed gigabit, stronger power supply, better energy management and wake-on-lan would help a lot.

This Post = the win.

840quadra
Sep 19, 2006, 07:29 PM
I kinda agree with iGary, but here goes anyway!

Here are 2 of mine, the black one has since been replaced with a Silver model.

http://www.neuwerks.com/B5BAR/macrumors/sept205.jpg

RedTomato
Sep 19, 2006, 07:35 PM
stuff .. This Post = the win.

Ah thanks CrackedButter :o

PS forgot to mention it has 1GB ram, and a 5th drive, the original 20gb ide drive, which it boots from. Oh, and a 6th drive, a DVD-RW I had lying around, with the OS restore CD living in it, in case of trouble.

Removed the modem, internal speaker, zip drive, and a few other bits and cables to make room and help internal airflow.

Most of the sata drives are mounted vertically, on their sides, in the bottom of the case, with ventilation gaps in between.

Will I manage to squeeze 10 drives in? (raid card has 8 sata ports) Who knows :)

edge540
Sep 19, 2006, 07:46 PM
This is the one i got about a year ago...
If I had some money to spend i would get 2 750 gig drives so i could have a pretty sweet 1.5 TB external drive. The drive is actually sitting in my desk drawer now... drilled hole in the back of the desk for cabling and cooling... it works wonderfully.

CoMpX
Sep 19, 2006, 07:51 PM
250GB miniStack. How could I ever think I would get away with the Mac mini's internal HD?

http://eshop.macsales.com/images/ministackv2/nwt_ministack_bkhero_lg.jpg

runplaysleeprun
Sep 19, 2006, 07:54 PM
I've got the porche designed 250 gb one someone had above. solid little drive.

Karpfish
Sep 25, 2006, 07:39 PM
http://static.flickr.com/113/252862008_1d2e489046.jpg

the funny part is tat i cant see that dust normally. i guess i need to dust them off.

bossass
Sep 26, 2006, 12:22 AM
Two Seagate 300gb. Leave a bit to be desired in looks, but I trust them more than any other drive.

If I had more $ I get the wiebetech SATA enclosure with removable sleds.

ChrisBrightwell
Sep 26, 2006, 12:35 AM
2x 40GB, 3x 80GB, 1x 200GB, 1x 300GB

820GB total. :)

I have a 60GB iPod just out of frame, if that counts.

elisha cuthbert
Sep 26, 2006, 12:54 AM
http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/3161/ipodny6.th.png (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/3161/ipodny6.png)
mine
and a couple of dozen that cannot be in the photo due to being off site

nplima
Sep 26, 2006, 07:51 AM
http://www.powermax.com/imagedata/image_150x150/appl_pmg3bw.jpg

Witness my external hard drive, and quake in your boots.


And quake we do indeed. RedTomato is samurai with great wisdom and honour. His G3 NAS/Web server kicks very much ass. Aye.


Did you add any specific software to index and allow detailed searches on those 4x300GB drives, or do you rely on having the clients use spotlight or something like that to find the files they need?

Nuno Lima

indigoflowAS
Sep 26, 2006, 03:26 PM
This is the one i got about a year ago...
If I had some money to spend i would get 2 750 gig drives so i could have a pretty sweet 1.5 TB external drive. The drive is actually sitting in my desk drawer now... drilled hole in the back of the desk for cabling and cooling... it works wonderfully.
Can you name the brand on that enclosure? Its really attractive.:)

RedTomato
Sep 26, 2006, 04:51 PM
Did you add any specific software to index and allow detailed searches on those 4x300GB drives, or do you rely on having the clients use spotlight or something like that to find the files they need?


Hmm. No. A lot of the space is taken by my DV files for editing. Also each staffer has their own folder and they're responsible for the contents. (plus a communal folder. Tho to be honest, they don't use the backup space all that much, they're not very techy.

I was hoping to avoid the pain of walking over and doing regular onsite backups - the server and the staffer machines are about 3 miles apart - but it looks like I'll have to install incremental backup software on their laptops and hope it doesn't jam the 256k upload on their office ADSL too badly.

Kidman13
Sep 26, 2006, 05:04 PM
http://static.flickr.com/113/252862008_1d2e489046.jpg

the funny part is tat i cant see that dust normally. i guess i need to dust them off.

Sweet! I have that same Venus D3 enclosure to keep my 200gb Seagate nice and cool.

AliensAreFuzzy
Sep 26, 2006, 06:11 PM
The Lacies are a 160GB and a 200GB the WD is a 320GB all connected via firewire 400.
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/2006/0926061904lc6.th.jpg (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0926061904lc6.jpg)

Thrash911
Oct 2, 2006, 10:45 AM
Hey people,

This is my "cowboy setup" of my external HD. It's a simple USB <-> IDE setup, with a cooler attached to the drive. To avoid annoying vibration sounds, its standing on a little piece of rug on some homemade legs.. :D
.

brikeh
Oct 2, 2006, 10:56 AM
Hey people,

This is my "cowboy setup" of my external HD. It's a simple USB <-> IDE setup, with a cooler attached to the drive. To avoid annoying vibration sounds, its standing on a little piece of rug on some homemade legs.. :D
.

Wow thats really.....ugly

Thrash911
Oct 2, 2006, 11:03 AM
Wow thats really.....ugly

Not supposed to be pretty, a'ight.. :rolleyes:

RedTomato
Oct 2, 2006, 01:32 PM
Hey people,

This is my "cowboy setup" of my external HD. It's a simple USB <-> IDE setup, with a cooler attached to the drive. To avoid annoying vibration sounds, its standing on a little piece of rug on some homemade legs.. :D
.

Haha it's quite sweet in a geeky way. You do realise you don't need the cooler if it's standing on legs in the open air?

Might look a bit nicer with the cooler on top rather than underneath.

Is that an IBM model M keyboard in the photo?

Shotglass
Oct 2, 2006, 02:07 PM
http://static.flickr.com/113/252862008_1d2e489046.jpg

the funny part is tat i cant see that dust normally. i guess i need to dust them off.
It's the flashlight.

Perrumpo
Feb 11, 2009, 09:32 AM
500 GB WD Studio
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/wdfMyBook_Studio_1Q.jpg

1 TB G-Drive Q
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/G-DriveQjpg.jpg

1 TB Time Capsule
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/apple-time-capsule_1.jpg

120 GB iPod Classic
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/290.jpg

diotav
Feb 11, 2009, 09:56 AM
http://www.hdimage.org/images/3zqnljqtu5jv7vg41ox2_acie2uadra.jpg
LaCie D2 Quadra 750GB for Time Machine. (FW800)

http://www.hdimage.org/images/jzqn2r71uq6z1w2zspw_41tedg500280.jpg
LaCie Rugged 120GB for mobile use. (FW800)

MattZani
Feb 11, 2009, 10:31 AM
60Gb 2.5" Out of PS3, placed into El Cheapo eBay External, does the job.

Has Every Apple OS From OS 9 to 10.6, with updates, in raw form so if need be i can burn to a CD/DVD and reinstall etc. Which is why it has an Apple Sticker on, i also put my iTunes library on it sometimes.

alphaod
Feb 11, 2009, 10:55 AM
2 WD 1TB Studio II and 1 WD 500GB Premium all daisy chained with FW.
Rosewill enclosure with 1TB Seagate running eSATA.
LaCie 250GB USB 2.0
An assortment of laptop drives in enclosures from over the years; one of each (I upgrade every release)
-40GB 4200RPM
-60GB 5400RPM
-60GB 7200RPM
-80GB 4200RPM
-120GB 5400RPM
-160GB 5400RPM
-200GB 7200RPM
-250GB 5400RPM
-320GB 5400RPM
-500GB 5400RPM

That's 5.54 TB. Enough?

And of course the 500GB 7200RPM in my laptop, but that's not really external.

I also have 1 1TB 3.5", 2 60GB 2.5" and 1 100GB 2.5" that are dead, so I don't count then. I also have 7GB 3600RPM drive that's just really old and I have no idea if it works or not. I have a 4GB MicroDrive in my PDA, but that's just silly to count.

Kthxbai
Feb 11, 2009, 12:26 PM
http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/upload/2581/images/lacie%20brick.jpg

I got myself one of these, in my opinion the best looking external ever.

The thing is I can't seem to find (or take myself) a singel picture that really does it justice. It alway looks extremly cheap and plastic, which it neither looks or feels like irl.

bobfitz14
Feb 11, 2009, 12:36 PM
This is my new hard disk. I bought this one because it is the best looking external hard drive I could find. 160GB, 7200rpm, aluminium cased, USB 2.0.

I'm going to be using it purely for backup of all my iTunes music and videos, movies etc.

Freecom 160GB Hard drive

[IMG]

if you move all of your iTunes files to a hard drive, do you have to like reconfigure iTunes at all, specifically when you're sycing an iPod or something, do you have to change the source path?

Kthxbai
Feb 11, 2009, 12:42 PM
if you move all of your iTunes files to a hard drive, do you have to like reconfigure iTunes at all, specifically when you're sycing an iPod or something, do you have to change the source path?

I have my Itunes library on my hard drive. I just moved the whole folder, and then put an alias/shortcut to it with the name "iTunes Library" where it use to be. a bit of a quick fix maybe, but it works fine.

Perrumpo
Feb 11, 2009, 12:49 PM
if you move all of your iTunes files to a hard drive, do you have to like reconfigure iTunes at all, specifically when you're sycing an iPod or something, do you have to change the source path?

All you have to do is point iTunes to the new iTunes music folder within the Advanced tab in Preferences.

HBOC
Feb 11, 2009, 01:06 PM
this thread was reserected from the depths... i hava a LaCie D2 quadra 500GB that i love!!

I will post pics tomorrow..

bobfitz14
Feb 11, 2009, 01:30 PM
All you have to do is point iTunes to the new iTunes music folder within the Advanced tab in Preferences.

well that's pretty simple. i might look into buying an external hard drive now because i've lost my iTunes library before and had to start from scratch, and my internal one is like 150GB and my library is about 40GB so it's a decent chunk.

brotherben
Feb 11, 2009, 03:40 PM
I have mine buried, on my desk behind homework and projects, so Im using a stock photo of it, I bout the case and installed a HDD, its 250 GB, with your choice of usb2.0, or firewire 400, I of course use firewire 400.

hmai18
Feb 11, 2009, 03:43 PM
500GB WD GreenPower in a quad-interface Rosewill enclosure that was posted on the first page.

250GB LaCie Porsche USB.

alphaod
Feb 12, 2009, 01:23 PM
http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/upload/2581/images/lacie%20brick.jpg

I got myself one of these, in my opinion the best looking external ever.

The thing is I can't seem to find (or take myself) a singel picture that really does it justice. It alway looks extremly cheap and plastic, which it neither looks or feels like irl.

Can you stack 'em?

Kthxbai
Feb 12, 2009, 03:33 PM
Can you stack 'em?

Yep!

http://www.lacie.com/imgstore/product_medium/hd_brickdesktop.jpg

There used to be a more mobile 2x2 studs version aswell, wich also was stackable with these

imac005
Feb 12, 2009, 03:43 PM
http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/upload/2581/images/lacie%20brick.jpg

I got myself one of these, in my opinion the best looking external ever.

The thing is I can't seem to find (or take myself) a singel picture that really does it justice. It alway looks extremly cheap and plastic, which it neither looks or feels like irl.

Where did u get your enclosure?

yg17
Feb 12, 2009, 06:02 PM
My Drobo. And that drive sitting on top of it would be a Seagate drive that died on me yesterday. I just got it about a month ago, as an RMA replacement for another Seagate drive that crapped out. After their website charged my credit card 4 times for the RMA shipping charge despite saying my card was declined, and not letting me process the RMA, I decided to cut my losses and order a Western Digital drive from NewEgg, and will file a dispute with my bank if the authorization goes through to a charge.

But I love the Drobo. Both times the drive died, it did it's thing and I didn't go a single second without access to my data.

surgedc5
Feb 13, 2009, 01:50 AM
Where did u get your enclosure?

its a lacie drive

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11149

Kthxbai
Feb 13, 2009, 06:27 AM
its a lacie drive

http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11149

what he said.

Arthagnan
Feb 13, 2009, 07:31 AM
A 5 year old Western Digital, FW and USB ports, rather nice.

I have replaced the internal drive for a bigger 320GB drive: works perfect!

ucfgrad93
Feb 13, 2009, 09:18 AM
Mine is a LaCie D2 Quadra, 500GB. It has USB, FW400, FW800, and eSATA ports. Even better, it came with cables for all of them.

MattZani
Feb 15, 2009, 08:10 AM
Here is what i did today ^^

I Would of used a better Game (I Have a spare Mario/Duck Hunt Cart) But the back is a mess where i drilled the screws out.

Capt Crunch
Feb 15, 2009, 08:28 AM
http://gallery.me.com/capt_crunch/100134/IMGP3985/web.jpg

My Drobo (right hand side). It's worked flawlessly.

BenEndeem
Feb 15, 2009, 09:55 AM
Iomega 500GB external hard drive.

Refuses to upload, but is the right image size...

heron88
Feb 15, 2009, 12:52 PM
wd elements 1tb

got it for $80

http://ak.buy.com/db_assets/large_images/533/209389533.jpg

EmperorDarius
Feb 15, 2009, 01:01 PM
Verbatim 320 GB, broke it once, got repaired:

http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/verbatim-smartdisk-25.jpg

iParis
Feb 15, 2009, 01:20 PM
160GB WD Passport. Got it a year and half ago and it's still running fine. At one time it only had a few MB's left.

640GB WD MyBook. Got it a couple months ago. I love this thing and it has all the space I could ever want. Although, give me about 6-9 more months and it will be full.

I greatly recommend a Western Digital for anyone looking into an external hard drive.
Sorry for the horrible picture quality, they were taken with my crappy camera phone.

Soundie
Feb 15, 2009, 02:53 PM
WD Passport Elite (320gb)
http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/03/25/wd_elite_passport_1.jpg
WD My Book Studio (1TB)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Jhhk716xL.jpg

iParis
Feb 15, 2009, 02:56 PM
WD Passport Elite (320gb)
WD My Book Studio (1TB)
]

Dammit! You beat me! :mad:

Soundie
Feb 15, 2009, 03:09 PM
Dammit! You beat me! :mad:

haha, aawh. Cheer up mate, its not the size that counts :D

drewsof07
Feb 15, 2009, 03:30 PM
wd elements 1tb

got it for $80


Nice find! where'd you snag it for $80?

lozanoj83
Feb 16, 2009, 03:34 AM
3 Harddrives

Seagate FreeAgent Go 250GB Firewire 800
http://www.whatlaptop.co.uk/files/whatlaptop/SEAGATE_FreeAgent_Go.jpg

Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 320GB
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/317cgSVyy-L.jpg

I have an Ultra Stackable Case w/ Firewire 400, but the HD in it died a couple of weeks ago.
http://www.compsource.com/MSCS_IMAGES/EPICS/LARGE/1010654766.JPG

I use the FreeAgent Go for portable storage for videos and big files, the FreeAgent Desktop as my Time Machine backup

ColeSear
Feb 16, 2009, 04:20 AM
Sorry, no pictures, but a nice list:

160GB Iomega 2,5" USB/FW400
160GB Seagate 2,5" in Sharkoon USB-Case
3x 320GB Western Digital Essential USB/FW400
2TB Western Digital MyBook Studio II USB/FW400/800/eSATA

I need that much, cause I'm doing video editing in DVCPro HD on my 2 year old MacBook Pro. Both 2,5" are for mobile editing, one 320GB hangs at my Linksys NSLU2 as Net-Drive, the rest is for local editing, backup or archiv.

G-Force
Feb 16, 2009, 07:01 AM
Mine is a LaCie D2 Quadra, 500GB. It has USB, FW400, FW800, and eSATA ports. Even better, it came with cables for all of them.
Same for me, but mine is 750GB. :)

millar876
Feb 16, 2009, 07:05 AM
1TB WD Mybook Essential Edition USB2.0 (movies & TV shows 1.5-2.5Mbps MPEG 4, H264 and .avi Dolby Pro-Logic or Passthrough AC3 audio)
500GB Bufallo Linkstation USB2.0 (Time Machine)
160 Freecom Onetuch Firewire400/800/USB2.0 (misc data & Scratch)
40GB Apple Powerbook (12" G4 867MHz) hard drive in Guneric USB2.0 case (movie files for powerbook when away from home for a few days)
16GB Gineric USB2.0 Thumbstick/Keyring drive (Clean 10.5 install with updates, iDefrag & various Maint Utilities)

Coming Soon:- either an other 1 TB WD (but firewire) or a 2TB FW External

DISCOMUNICATION
Feb 16, 2009, 10:30 AM
Here is what i did today ^^

I Would of used a better Game (I Have a spare Mario/Duck Hunt Cart) But the back is a mess where i drilled the screws out.

You could fit 4 drives in there if it was a NeoGeo or MVS cart.

drlunanerd
Feb 16, 2009, 10:45 AM
http://www.lacie.com/imgstore/product_large/hd_goldendisk_4.jpg

Case contains a small percentage of real gold :eek: :cool:

Kthxbai
Feb 16, 2009, 11:12 AM
Case contains a small percentage of real gold :eek: :cool:



I saw that one at LaCies homepage a while ago, it's frikin awsome.. although i'm afraid it will clash with my red brick one....

andrewdale
Feb 16, 2009, 11:14 AM
Case contains a small percentage of real gold :eek: :cool:

But that does... what? Anything?

nick9191
Feb 16, 2009, 11:36 AM
Some cheap 5 caddy off ebuyer + an old 160gb IDE drive I had in a server.

mzd
Feb 16, 2009, 11:43 AM
maxtor one touch 4 plus

http://images.macnn.com/macnn/news/0709/maxtor-onetouch-plus.jpg

has usb2 & firewire. 500GB. Time Machine only. works fine but loud as hell. :(
plus it doesn't go to sleep w/ my iMac and the silly light is on or pulsing almost all the time. but it works.

drlunanerd
Feb 16, 2009, 12:44 PM
But that does... what? Anything?

Matches my gold tooth :D

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ZUJMaklTfVE/SKx-Hp72sOI/AAAAAAAAABI/XKeaHAzX0mg/s320/dr_teeth.jpg

Edit: Yay! 1000 posts in 5 years and 2 days! Somebody schtop me! ;)

Mario.
Feb 16, 2009, 01:58 PM
wd elements 1tb

got it for $80

(IMG)


Ill be ordering my self one of those tomoz :)

Intense
Feb 16, 2009, 02:30 PM
1TB LaCie d2

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/9126/mylaciezr1.jpg

harry20larry
Feb 16, 2009, 02:36 PM
here's my personal media one: (120gb)
http://vaio-hdd.co.uk/harddrive/2.jpg
Works beautifully, only 30 on ebay.

And here's the 1tb monster that is my family's network (personal and global) external hard drive, all photos and music synced on there and backups, it phonominal.
http://www.onlineshop.com.sg/images/WTDWD1NC10000.jpg

iParis
Feb 16, 2009, 02:46 PM
And here's the 1tb monster that is my family's network (personal and global) external hard drive, all photos and music synced on there and backups, it phonominal.
http://www.onlineshop.com.sg/images/WTDWD1NC10000.jpg

NICE. What kind of ports does it have?
I think I might end up getting a 2TB version of yours' with firewire and eSATA.

Have you seen this (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9168269&st=external+hard+dive&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218041999260)?

kellen
Feb 16, 2009, 02:57 PM
[QUOTE=harry20larry;7117997]here's my personal media one: (120gb)
http://vaio-hdd.co.uk/harddrive/2.jpg
Works beautifully, only 30 on ebay.
QUOTE]

What model is that? Looks great. Got a link?

LERsince1991
Feb 16, 2009, 03:18 PM
I have mine buried, on my desk behind homework and projects, so Im using a stock photo of it, I bout the case and installed a HDD, its 250 GB, with your choice of usb2.0, or firewire 400, I of course use firewire 400.

What HD is that?

Benguitar
Feb 16, 2009, 05:21 PM
Too lazy to take another photo of my stuff..

LACIE 250GB HD

heron88
Feb 16, 2009, 05:57 PM
Nice find! where'd you snag it for $80?

Dell SB with a 20% coupon

marbles
Feb 16, 2009, 06:23 PM
g-tech 500Gb . 2 x FW400 . 1x USB2 . been ok , quick enough, solid build.
Little bit peeved when i got it though, it was just before the alu macbooks came out and I was intending to us it with the FW on the new MB, noooo FW on the new MB is there!. so I use this drive hooked up to an old iMac G3 now till I decide what to do....... in the mean time I hope a new Mini comes out.

Intense
Feb 16, 2009, 09:32 PM
The first one looks small and very slick, which brand is that ? I am interested in knowing more about it, thanks


here's my personal media one: (120gb)
http://vaio-hdd.co.uk/harddrive/2.jpg
Works beautifully, only 30 on ebay.

And here's the 1tb monster that is my family's network (personal and global) external hard drive, all photos and music synced on there and backups, it phonominal.
http://www.onlineshop.com.sg/images/WTDWD1NC10000.jpg

drewsof07
Feb 16, 2009, 09:34 PM
g-tech 500Gb . 2 x FW400 . 1x USB2 . been ok , quick enough, solid build.
Little bit peeved when i got it though, it was just before the alu macbooks came out and I was intending to us it with the FW on the new MB, noooo FW on the new MB is there!. so I use this drive hooked up to an old iMac G3 now till I decide what to do....... in the mean time I hope a new Mini comes out.

USB 2.0 is technically faster (480mb/s) than Firewire 400 (400mb/s)
What's the holdup?

claimed4all
Feb 16, 2009, 09:37 PM
USB 2.0 is technically faster (480mb/s) than Firewire 400 (400mb/s)
What's the holdup?

Not in a sustained race. Use firewire, then USB on the same drive while moving a few gigs, firewire is almost twice as fast. Those numbers a theoretical maximums, not real world usage.

RITZFit
Feb 16, 2009, 09:43 PM
I use this w/ my stock 120g HD out of my mbp as a time machine back up and random fat32 storage

drewsof07
Feb 16, 2009, 10:26 PM
Not in a sustained race. Use firewire, then USB on the same drive while moving a few gigs, firewire is almost twice as fast. Those numbers a theoretical maximums, not real world usage.

I realize the numbers are peak speeds. How big of files are you talking about? I move 7 gig folders to my USB drive all the time in about ~2 mins.
Not trying to get into a FW vs USB debate here, but USB is pretty fast.

The OP said they weren't using it bc their Macbook didn't have FW. The speed difference isn't enough to NOT use the drive. That was what I was trying to convey ;)

terriyaki
Feb 17, 2009, 01:20 AM
http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6923/3039598092a5a1a902b5oos2.jpg

crazyxzer0
Feb 17, 2009, 03:34 AM
http://img.skitch.com/20090217-qeai53ypwc986nyekqun9i9d6n.jpg

1TB My Essential
1TB My Home
320GB Elite

have another 500GB portable HD laying around somewhere too.. :D

excuse the camera phone pic.

brikeh
Feb 17, 2009, 03:40 AM
I really wanna open my western digitals 1tb(essential) and 500gb(home) and put them in a nice fw800 case but I dont have the guts..:(

harry20larry
Feb 17, 2009, 04:35 AM
Hey all,
iParis
I'm afraid the only connectivity is USB 2.0 and Ethernet (why I bought it), here's the link to the chubbier 2tb model, jesus that box looks like it could eat my powermac 17":
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=340&language=en

Everyone else who liked my portable:
160GB
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/160GB-160-GB-2-5-External-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-USB-2-0_W0QQitemZ110352320756QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item110352320756&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1690%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

320GB
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/320GB-320-GB-2-5-External-HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-USB-2-0_W0QQitemZ110352330222QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_HardDrives_RL?hash=item110352330222&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1690%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Its basically a guy who buys 2.5 drives and pops them in an enclosure for you, v cheap and reliable. Size: 11.2cm x 0.9cm x 6.8cm

DoFoT9
Feb 17, 2009, 04:53 AM
hhmm where to start..

i have one of these:
http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/s0200730_enl.jpg
which is a 1tb (my newest purchase) it is only USB 2.0 :(


one of these
http://clockworkoren.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/pdcl_400.jpg
with a 500gb WD inside of it, connected to MBP via FW400

one of these
http://matrix68.hu/shop/images/products/taurusraid.jpg
with a 500gb & 1tb WD hard drives in them (green of course), connected to the one above which is connected to the MBP (fw400)

one of these
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414H24T229L.jpg
250gb USB

and also one of these
http://lincspc.co.uk/shop/images/LaCie301283K.png
connected via USB. 500gb :)

oh plus 1tb TC :)
http://www.macsupportstore.com/shop/photos/1189.jpeg

and a 100gb 2.5" portable drive.

so about a good 4.5tb of stuff :) gotta love it. i know i know, i need raid! but im poor.

luisgab
Feb 17, 2009, 05:40 AM
http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/3397/dscn0335he0.th.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscn0335he0.jpg)

WD My Book 1tb!

HazRutter
Feb 17, 2009, 06:28 AM
Could someone please direct me to a cheap (ish) external, maybe 500gb? I really want one of those lego brick ones, but im just looking around.. thanks

claimed4all
Feb 17, 2009, 07:52 AM
I realize the numbers are peak speeds. How big of files are you talking about? I move 7 gig folders to my USB drive all the time in about ~2 mins.
Not trying to get into a FW vs USB debate here, but USB is pretty fast.

The OP said they weren't using it bc their Macbook didn't have FW. The speed difference isn't enough to NOT use the drive. That was what I was trying to convey ;)
Missed the Lack of firewire remark, sorry about that. No doubt that USB is fast, but if you are working directly off the drive for Audio or Video, you should go with Firewire because of the sustained higher rate. Alright, lets call this one, no need for another one of these depates, I will waive the white flag.

roshambeau
Feb 17, 2009, 07:53 AM
I have been reading through this thread and have been considering getting a new (larger) external hard drive to use via Airport Extreme with 2 Macs. One of them is a Macbook Pro, the other is my girlfriend's Macbook.
I am currently using a WD 320gb External drive via USB 2.0. I've noticed its a huge pain to plug and unplug our macs all the time. Therefore I presumed I could solve that by hooking up the Airport Extreme. Now for my question.

I have a few files that I use regularly that are very large. Being that my WD External drive is formatted as fat32 at this point. OS X will not allow me to transfer these files of such large size. So my question is: When i purchase my new dirve, what is the best way to format it so that mac's can read & write to it while windows computers can only read the drive??

Thanks,

Island Roots
Feb 17, 2009, 08:40 AM
hhmm where to start..

i have one of these:
http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/s0200730_enl.jpg
which is a 1tb (my newest purchase) it is only USB 2.0 :(

How do you like that drive? I was thinking about getting it but opted not to due to the lack of a 5-year warranty and I believe it is only 5400rpm.

marbles
Feb 17, 2009, 02:15 PM
USB 2.0 is technically faster (480mb/s) than Firewire 400 (400mb/s)
What's the holdup?

It's not a constant 480Mb/s ;)

drewsof07
Feb 17, 2009, 02:50 PM
It's not a constant 480Mb/s ;)

Yeah we established that, and I was already aware of that. That minor speed reduction is enough to keep you from using the drive entirely on your MacBook??

peskaa
Feb 17, 2009, 02:54 PM
http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2007/08/17/500_gb_external_storage_tested/wd-my-book-pro-pers.jpg
Two of these, 500GB. One on USB, the other on FW800.

http://www.datasavers.co.uk/images/wdmybook250_usb.jpg
One of these, 320GB. USB only.

http://www.techfresh.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/wd-my-passport-essential-1.jpg
One of these, 160GB. USB only.


So yes, I rather like Western Digital drives.

dubhe
Feb 17, 2009, 02:55 PM
wd elements 1tb


http://ak.buy.com/db_assets/large_images/533/209389533.jpg

I have the same drive, it is simple but just what I need.

marbles
Feb 17, 2009, 03:43 PM
Yeah we established that, and I was already aware of that. That minor speed reduction is enough to keep you from using the drive entirely on your MacBook??

allright , don't want to get into the FW/USB debate, the speed 'reduction' is important for when I'm using Serato and other audio software. and I haven't bought the Macbook , I couldn't: it has no Firewire, I'm holdin off hoping they sort it out or release a new mini then I can have decent drives hooked up at home and use a MBP on the rd

DoFoT9
Feb 17, 2009, 05:39 PM
How do you like that drive? I was thinking about getting it but opted not to due to the lack of a 5-year warranty and I believe it is only 5400rpm.

its pretty decent, not fast enough for my liking (its USB only) but it was extremely cheap and WD has always been good to me.

p.s. im going to purchase another external case like the one i posted in my original post & put it into that.

it would be great for you as long as your not doing excessive file moving!

xparaparafreakx
Feb 18, 2009, 11:58 AM
allright , don't want to get into the FW/USB debate, the speed 'reduction' is important for when I'm using Serato and other audio software. and I haven't bought the Macbook , I couldn't: it has no Firewire, I'm holdin off hoping they sort it out or release a new mini then I can have decent drives hooked up at home and use a MBP on the rd

Serato..as in videos or MP3s?

MP3s are fine with Serato through USB. Videos on the other hand, 200+ MBs VOBs might not like USB too much.

marbles
Feb 18, 2009, 02:53 PM
Serato..as in videos or MP3s?

MP3s are fine with Serato through USB. Videos on the other hand, 200+ MBs VOBs might not like USB too much.


Mp3's mainly but video will be happening for me soon I imagine , and I'd like to use my machine for producing a bit too(Logic) , so a USB audio interface just won't cut it I'm afraid , unfortunately .

Abstract
Feb 18, 2009, 03:29 PM
Yeah we established that, and I was already aware of that. That minor speed reduction is enough to keep you from using the drive entirely on your MacBook??

Minor? :confused:


There's the speed reduction, which is important, and how about the fact that USB transfer actually requires the CPU to be involved, slowing down your system. So while all that data is being transferred, you'll have to go watch a TV show or something, although you couldn't watch from your laptop, since it has already slowed down enough as it is.

I have a feeling the Mini is going to be updated really soon, so you probably wouldn't have to wait for very long. ;)

buyusfear
Feb 18, 2009, 03:40 PM
Just picked up this LaCie 1TB drive. Does the trick I guess

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v679/buyusfear1/LaCieHD1.jpg

ae.alias
Feb 18, 2009, 04:34 PM
back when i still had my imac, lacie silver, gold and black. now there all inside the mac pro

marbles
Feb 18, 2009, 05:44 PM
Minor? :confused:


There's the speed reduction, which is important, and how about the fact that USB transfer actually requires the CPU to be involved, slowing down your system. So while all that data is being transferred, you'll have to go watch a TV show or something, although you couldn't watch from your laptop, since it has already slowed down enough as it is.

I have a feeling the Mini is going to be updated really soon, so you probably wouldn't have to wait for very long. ;)

Minor :confused: it's laughable if it where not for the fact that it's screwed a lot of folks out of money.

I sincerely hope your right the Mini update comes soon, I've that feeling too and you know what, I reckon were all in for a big surprise:) .. why else would they wait two years to update? major new product line up coming me thinks ....bye bye iMac

noaccess
Feb 19, 2009, 05:43 AM
LaCie Mobile Disk - 160 GB
http://www.lacie.com/imgstore/product_overview/hd_mobiledisk_2.jpg

drlunanerd
Feb 19, 2009, 06:52 AM
how about the fact that USB transfer actually requires the CPU to be involved, slowing down your system.

I've been copying several GB of data today via FW 800 and kernel_task is hogging 79% of the CPU (of one core that is). Normal? :confused:

Mr. lax
Feb 19, 2009, 07:12 AM
1TB http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/wdfMyBook_Studio_1Q.jpg

timerollson
Feb 19, 2009, 08:39 AM
Western Digital My Book - 160GB
http://content.etilize.com/images/250/11396060.jpg

yoppie
Feb 19, 2009, 08:54 AM
A 5 year old Western Digital, FW and USB ports, rather nice.

I have replaced the internal drive for a bigger 320GB drive: works perfect!

I have this drive too. I also have one of the newer 500GB Western Digital My Book models.

Mario.
Feb 19, 2009, 09:21 AM
back when i still had my imac, lacie silver, gold and black. now there all inside the mac pro

/wow they look good sat next to each other?

How much did they set you back?

EchoAdmin
Feb 19, 2009, 10:49 AM
Iomega 1tb
http://www.backtrackreviews.com/images/Iomega_Prestige.jpg

Kebabselector
Feb 19, 2009, 11:14 AM
I have a couple of these.....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41L4LtZMMJL._SS400_.jpg

Connected to my MacMini by FW and joined together using the drives FW800 port.

GGGUUUYYY
Feb 19, 2009, 06:31 PM
http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/upload/2581/images/lacie%20brick.jpg

I got myself one of these, in my opinion the best looking external ever.

The thing is I can't seem to find (or take myself) a singel picture that really does it justice. It alway looks extremly cheap and plastic, which it neither looks or feels like irl.

Defiantly nice.. wish they came with firewire

MattZani
Feb 19, 2009, 06:35 PM
http://www.wdc.com/global/images/products/img2/300/wdfMyBook_Studio_1Q.jpg

I Want one of these for Storage of Photo's, and a Super Duper Back Up.

ashjamben
Feb 19, 2009, 06:51 PM
https://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/images/user/products/WesternDigital_MyPassportEssential_White.jpg

looks sweet next to my white macbook

iParis
Feb 19, 2009, 07:08 PM
https://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/images/user/products/WesternDigital_MyPassportEssential_White.jpg

looks sweet next to my white macbook

Ah. MyPassport Essential. What's the difference between that and the MyPassport?

DoFoT9
Feb 19, 2009, 09:25 PM
Ah. MyPassport Essential. What's the difference between that and the MyPassport?

probably $20 lol

surgedc5
Feb 20, 2009, 02:45 AM
Could someone please direct me to a cheap (ish) external, maybe 500gb? I really want one of those lego brick ones, but im just looking around.. thanks

i replaced mines with a seagate 2.5 500 gb external drive, if you want the lego brick let me know

maestrokev
Feb 20, 2009, 04:54 AM
One drive too many ...

ashjamben
Feb 20, 2009, 05:53 AM
Ah. MyPassport Essential. What's the difference between that and the MyPassport?

essential - plastic case, 480mb/s
elite - slight metal case, 480mb/s, bunch of software they boast about that only runs on windows
studio - metal case, 800mb/s

SactoGuy18
Feb 20, 2009, 06:00 AM
Here's my external hard drive:

http://www.wdc.com/global/images/products/img2/300/wdfMyBook_Essential2.0_1U.jpg

I have the 750 GB version and use it to back up my hard drive's multimedia files once every two weeks. :)

cosmokanga2
Feb 22, 2009, 02:18 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3661/3301437916_dfac23faa0.jpg
Just got it. 1 Terabyte WD My Book Studio Edition for Time Machine, Storage and Back Up. Love it so far.

Applepi
Feb 22, 2009, 05:06 PM
Just got it. 1 Terabyte WD My Book Studio Edition for Time Machine, Storage and Back Up. Love it so far.

Great HD, absolutely satisfied with mine.

slieu92
Feb 22, 2009, 09:47 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn183/slieu/mac%20forums/DSC02727.jpg

Failed me once.

HazRutter
Feb 25, 2009, 03:40 PM
Could anyone tell me what this hard drive is like

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Book-Home-500GB/dp/tech-data/B000WP5VGG/ref=de_a_smtd

As im thinking of getting it, also, what would be better to use Firewire or eSata, sorry dont really know!

Also, you can use it to back up with time machine and storage cant you?

Thanks

marbles
Feb 25, 2009, 04:00 PM
Would someone point out names of these drives below please


thanks

~m


I have a couple of these.....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41L4LtZMMJL._SS400_.jpg

Connected to my MacMini by FW and joined together using the drives FW800 port.

[QUOTE=harry20larry;7117997]here's my personal media one: (120gb)
http://vaio-hdd.co.uk/harddrive/2.jpg
Works beautifully, only 30 on ebay.
QUOTE]

What model is that? Looks great. Got a link?

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/6923/3039598092a5a1a902b5oos2.jpg

drewsof07
Feb 25, 2009, 04:02 PM
Could anyone tell me what this hard drive is like

*My Book HD*

As im thinking of getting it, also, what would be better to use Firewire or eSata, sorry dont really know!

Thanks
If the only computer you have is that iMac, then you can't really use the eSATA as Macs don't come with eSATA ports. You would need to have a MBP and use an expresscard expansion card to add eSATA ports, or Mac Pro with a PCI card.

HazRutter
Feb 25, 2009, 04:16 PM
If the only computer you have is that iMac, then you can't really use the eSATA as Macs don't come with eSATA ports. You would need to have a MBP and use an expresscard expansion card to add eSATA ports, or Mac Pro with a PCI card.

Oh ok, is there much difference between FW (that this drive uses) and USB 2.0

drewsof07
Feb 25, 2009, 04:42 PM
Oh ok, is there much difference between FW (that this drive uses) and USB 2.0

Firewire is a bit faster than USB, especially for extended use.

marbles
Feb 25, 2009, 04:46 PM
Oh ok, is there much difference between FW (that this drive uses) and USB 2.0
Uh Oh


I'm outta here. I suggest the search function for this particular question because it always brings up heated debates , iwth the winner being firewire and it's superior speed and general all round fire-wire lovely-ness :p

FW400 = better, faster , meaner & leaner than USB2

HazRutter
Feb 25, 2009, 04:52 PM
Uh Oh


I'm outta here. I suggest the search function for this particular question because it always brings up heated debates , iwth the winner being firewire and it's superior speed and general all round fire-wire lovely-ness :p

FW400 = better, faster , meaner & leaner than USB2

Lol, just wanted a quick answer :)

Firewire is a bit faster than USB, especially for extended use.

Ok cheers..Should I go for that drive above then?

marbles
Feb 25, 2009, 05:13 PM
Lol, just wanted a quick answer :)



Ok cheers..Should I go for that drive above then?

:) Pretty much any drive will do, just gt one with as many ports as you can afford so if one breaks down you can still use the others .

What exactly do you intend to use the drive for?.

Agurri
Feb 25, 2009, 09:38 PM
MacAlly G-S350SUA Triple Interface (USB, FW400 and eSata)
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB

Feels great betwen my white macbook, my mug, and my huge 17" CRT

Edit : Don't know why my picture is on the side...

tominabox1
Feb 25, 2009, 09:51 PM
MacAlly G-S350SUA Triple Interface (USB, FW400 and eSata)
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB

Feels great betwen my white macbook, my mug, and my huge 17" CRT

Edit : Don't know why my picture is on the side...

Semilog plots.... Not Bode Plots I hope ;)

//EE in training

Agurri
Feb 25, 2009, 10:48 PM
Actually, I have some nyquist, bode, and black plots laying around, but they aren't.... mostly Q Factor vs damping ratio... you know... basics... but, hey EE ftw...

HazRutter
Feb 26, 2009, 02:05 AM
:) Pretty much any drive will do, just gt one with as many ports as you can afford so if one breaks down you can still use the others .

What exactly do you intend to use the drive for?.

Storage and Time Machine back up.

marbles
Feb 26, 2009, 08:50 AM
Storage and Time Machine back up.
Just go for what you like then, with as many ports as possible as I mentioned earlier, I asked what you'd use it for basically because if you needed the drive for audio/video apps like Serato or Final Cut and the like which work better with a faster spin rate, I'd have suggested particular drives, as it is any drive will do basically, just go for the biggest size you can with as many ports as possible as speed is not a concern for you.
You could buy a case and then fit a drive into it yourself ( tis easy, they just slide in and click -your done) this way works out a bit cheaper usually and you could probably get two for almost the price of one ready made drive, as they say, you can never have too many backups :)

You could get a case which holds two drives or more if you wanted too and set it up to be raid etc , folks on here will walk you through it I'm sure .

Cases and drives to go in them can be ordered from places like OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/ or newegg http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=15&name=Hard-Drives
Don't be put off making your own as I was when I first looked into it , really it is simple to do.

let us know how you get on .

gfish31
Feb 26, 2009, 08:53 AM
1 TB G-Drive Q
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/G-DriveQjpg.jpg


how do you like this drive? i want to get the 500gb version of it.

kellen
Feb 26, 2009, 08:57 AM
[QUOTE=marbles;7168755]Would someone point out names of these drives below please




Bottom one is through macsales.com (OWC). I ordered one of these, they are a dual drive setup, can be raided or set up as one drive or two independent. However there is a fan on it.

I returned mine because they sent me the wrong one, they sent me only a raidable unit.

Going to order through them a mac mini enclosure to use as a NAS for my network, will look great with my airport extreme.

drewsof07
Feb 26, 2009, 09:38 AM
how do you like this drive? i want to get the 500gb version of it.

Use the money they're charging for the case aesthetics and buy another brand 1TB drive ;)

You can get a 1TB for $99 on buy.com (http://www.buy.com/prod/fantom-1tb-g-force-hard-drive-dual-interface-esata-usb-2-0-7200rpm/q/loc/101/206821006.html) USB/eSATA Fantom drive that is aluminum & looks almost as good.

marbles
Feb 26, 2009, 09:44 AM
[QUOTE=marbles;7168755]Would someone point out names of these drives below please




Bottom one is through macsales.com (OWC). I ordered one of these, they are a dual drive setup, can be raided or set up as one drive or two independent. However there is a fan on it.

I returned mine because they sent me the wrong one, they sent me only a raidable unit.

Going to order through them a mac mini enclosure to use as a NAS for my network, will look great with my airport extreme.
Thanks, I bet we can't get those in Europe , you guys have the luck with products over their.


Btw where are you getting the mac mini enclosure from , the same place? , I didn't think you could buy a Mini with out the internals

~m

Jshwon
Feb 26, 2009, 10:00 AM
Just picked up this LaCie 1TB drive. Does the trick I guess

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v679/buyusfear1/LaCieHD1.jpg

Me too. I love the minimal look. And it blends right into my black desk.

gfish31
Feb 26, 2009, 02:13 PM
Use the money they're charging for the case aesthetics and buy another brand 1TB drive ;)

You can get a 1TB for $99 on buy.com (http://www.buy.com/prod/fantom-1tb-g-force-hard-drive-dual-interface-esata-usb-2-0-7200rpm/q/loc/101/206821006.html) USB/eSATA Fantom drive that is aluminum & looks almost as good.

well the main thing im looking for is the firewire 800 port.

Avizzv92
Mar 1, 2009, 08:36 AM
Here's mine 160gb Black Friday purchase :) Even managed to put my one of many Apple stickers too use.

http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/4306/img3681.jpg

DoFoT9
Mar 1, 2009, 03:37 PM
Here's mine 160gb Black Friday purchase :) Even managed to put my one of many Apple stickers too use.

http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/4306/img3681.jpg

wow thats sexy haha

Avizzv92
Mar 1, 2009, 04:49 PM
wow thats sexy haha

It does the job, and for a cheap price. Only ever comes out on Fridays for the weekly backup of my computer.

Perrumpo
Mar 1, 2009, 05:18 PM
how do you like this drive? i want to get the 500gb version of it.

I'm happy with it. It's a bit noisy, but I bought it for reliability (which I thought was worth the extra dollars), and I don't run it that often since it's just used as a backup of my Time Capsule's original files. I want to make sure that, if my Time Capsule goes, everything is either on my MPB or G-Drive. And it does come with an eSATA cable if you're buying the Q, which is nice.

Edit: Oh, and, uh... make sure it's someplace where the cables wont get tugged at all or it WILL come unplugged.

arthursiew
Mar 2, 2009, 11:37 PM
Built my own one using...

Thermaltake VI-ON 3.5" External Enclosure

Seagate 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

It's great and cheap. Runs fast. Paid less than 100.

Dave H
Mar 2, 2009, 11:50 PM
I built one from a Bytecc Me-320 Firewire enclosure and a Maxtor 300GB, 7200RPM hard drive with 16MB cache.
I use it for backup.

Zyniker
Mar 2, 2009, 11:52 PM
1TB WD x2 (one mirror edition, one single-drive)
750GB WD x2
500GB WD
500GB Lacie NAS
250GB WD portable

Probably a couple more...but that's the majority of them. ;)

Imapece
Mar 15, 2009, 06:01 AM
I'm a PC. ;)

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macfreak12
Mar 15, 2009, 10:49 AM
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Just got it. 1 Terabyte WD My Book Studio Edition for Time Machine, Storage and Back Up. Love it so far.

Hey, so is it easy to use? Does it require software from WD, or can I just plug it in and use it without using any software......other than Time Machine of course....

I'm mostly going to use it for extra storage for my late 2008 Macbook, I'll be putting anything from documents to movies into it and some backups.

:apple: Macbook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3,232.56GB Serial ATA HD

macfreak12
Mar 15, 2009, 11:01 AM
So, I've been reading alot of the post and have definitely determined that 99.9% of Mac users prefer FW over USB2.0...

So, here is the question. Since I just got a late 2008/early 2009 Macbook....should I just get the Time Capsule from Apple?

Its 1TB and can be used wirelessly and can double up as a wireless access point.

Suggestions, comments, advice?:confused:

My needs: More storage space for documents, music files, movies, and back ups. AND the avility to access the external HD and grab a file that I need and put it back when I'm done....on a constant basis.

Malfoy
Mar 15, 2009, 11:29 AM
So, I've been reading alot of the post and have definitely determined that 99.9% of Mac users prefer FW over USB2.0...

So, here is the question. Since I just got a late 2008/early 2009 Macbook....should I just get the Time Capsule from Apple?

Its 1TB and can be used wirelessly and can double up as a wireless access point.

Suggestions, comments, advice?:confused:

My needs: More storage space for documents, music files, movies, and back ups. AND the avility to access the external HD and grab a file that I need and put it back when I'm done....on a constant basis.

go for it. I have a tb TC and 3 macs in the house and they back up like clockwork.

fireshot91
Mar 15, 2009, 11:33 AM
Wouldn't you rather pay like 150$ less and get a 1TB External for close to 110$, and just hook that over USB/ethernet into your router?

Schtumple
Mar 15, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Freecom Classic 500GB

It's matte black, it's simple, it does the job, can't ask for much more really...

crazycat
Mar 15, 2009, 02:37 PM
how do you like this drive? i want to get the 500gb version of it.

I use two 1TB models that i use with my MacPro. I use one with Time Machine and the other as a backup for my second internal hard drive. I like G-tech a lot, they also go very well with my Mac.

marbles
Mar 16, 2009, 03:05 PM
Hey, so is it easy to use? Does it require software from WD, or can I just plug it in and use it without using any software......other than Time Machine of course....

I'm mostly going to use it for extra storage for my late 2008 Macbook, I'll be putting anything from documents to movies into it and some backups.

:apple: Macbook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3,232.56GB Serial ATA HD

Nice desktop,.... any chance of a link for that?.

Btw liking the rustic laptop stand too,...might just make one of those myself

blackfx35
Mar 16, 2009, 03:14 PM
Wouldn't you rather pay like 150$ less and get a 1TB External for close to 110$, and just hook that over USB/ethernet into your router?

Which drive do you suggest for around $110???

fireshot91
Mar 16, 2009, 04:45 PM
Which drive do you suggest for around $110???

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Black-WD1001FALS/dp/B001C271MA/ref=pd_ys_shvl_14?tag=slickdeals


Theres one for searching for about 5 seconds...literally. I counted.


Edit: Thats internal, just checked up there and I said external-

So here are a few:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16822101121

http://shop1.frys.com/product/5725242?site=sa:Homepage%20Pod:Pod1


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150414%20131021336%201310221288&bop=And&Order=PRICE

Thats a lot of them on there. Most are good.

marbles
Mar 16, 2009, 07:00 PM
Am looking for some external storage for a new Mini


A nice FW800 7200rpm drive that would go well with the Mini for audio work...

Any pointers ?

thanks

DoFoT9
Mar 16, 2009, 07:03 PM
Am looking for some external storage for a new Mini


A nice FW800 7200rpm drive that would go well with the Mini for audio work...

Any pointers ?

thanks

#1 tip: buy them seperately. that way you can choose your preferred HD and external case.

marbles
Mar 16, 2009, 07:09 PM
#1 tip: buy them seperately. that way you can choose your preferred HD and external case.
ah , was just going to buy ready done...was thinking someone might have made a version of their drive or an enclosure , you know, made for the Mini but with a FW800 port now the Mini has that....there are loads of made for mini out there but all have firewire 400 as far as I know .....wanting new updated, anyone seen any yet ?

DoFoT9
Mar 16, 2009, 07:18 PM
ah , was just going to buy ready done...was thinking someone might have made a version of their drive or an enclosure , you know, made for the Mini but with a FW800 port now the Mini has that....there are loads of made for mini out there but all have firewire 400 as far as I know .....wanting new updated, anyone seen any yet ?

no no there are LOTS of fw800 enclosures that fit on the mini, ill try find one..

DoFoT9
Mar 16, 2009, 07:21 PM
try this one..

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/FWU2ESMSV3/

marbles
Mar 16, 2009, 07:34 PM
try this one..

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/FWU2ESMSV3/
Thanks, that's really kind of you.

I like...any more :) based in Europe though, shipping would be mad crazy money, no?..and if I had to return it even more...but getting some ideas for sure...says cannot put a 1.5 Tb drive in just yet becaus eof firmware issue...not that it bothers me , I was thinking of maybe 1x1Tb for all back ups of everything` with time machine, probably,....... and then a smaller drive for audio work say 500Gb ??....thoughts?


had a quick look and found it here with a 500Gb drive in( though I can't see speed rating , never used this seller before though : http://www.thebookyard.com/product.php?products_id=3107

Anyone used these guys?

DoFoT9
Mar 16, 2009, 07:37 PM
Thanks, that's really kind of you.

I like...any more :) based in Europe though, shipping would be mad crazy money, no?..and if I had to return it even more...but getting some ideas for sure...says cannot put a 1.5 Tb drive in just yet becaus eof firmware issue...not that it bothers me , I was thinking of maybe 1x1Tb for all back ups of everything` with time machine, probably,....... and then a smaller drive for audio work say 500Gb ??....thoughts?

oh in Europe eh?? sorry but im not aware of any europe computer stores, hopefully somebody can chime in and help you.

your 1tb for backups + 500gb for audio work is a great idea! maybe you might need 1.5+ though for your backups, it uses up space pretty quickly.

have you thought about dual-bay enclosures?

marbles
Mar 16, 2009, 07:40 PM
oh in Europe eh?? sorry but im not aware of any europe computer stores, hopefully somebody can chime in and help you.

your 1tb for backups + 500gb for audio work is a great idea! maybe you might need 1.5+ though for your backups, it uses up space pretty quickly.

have you thought about dual-bay enclosures?

Some sellers will turn up, I'll have a google later and thanks for the ideas .


"dual bay- enclosures"..... pray tell, I'm intrigued.

DoFoT9
Mar 16, 2009, 07:43 PM
Some sellers will turn up, I'll have a google later and thanks for the ideas .


"dual bay- enclosures"..... pray tell, I'm intrigued.

baha yea the dual bay are awsome! can RAID0 then or whatever you want. excellent idea. goodluck searching!

Mr. lax
Mar 16, 2009, 07:43 PM
I would not think that FW800 is the best choice for audio. Its much more expensive, and if its just audio. I wouldn't worry about it

stevo8
Mar 17, 2009, 12:49 AM
640gb mybook for time machine and a 320gb passport for travel

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