250gb external drive. Need help

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  1. kodorsean macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I am new to these forums and have a question..

    I have a G5 and was thinking about getting this


    http://www.xpcgear.com/ufe740250gb.html

    Does anyone have one? what are the pros and cons? Is this a good external drive?

    Any help would be great!

    Thanks
     
  2. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

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    hmm, it *looks* okay, but can't say anything from personal experience. FWIW, lots of people including myself would recommend LaCie for external drives, or even getting your own enclosure/drive to get exactly what you want. LaCie do a triple interface drive that is also FW800-capable - and I wanted a bit of future-proofing.

    HTH
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Those Bytecc enclosures work fine. The WD2500BB is an old model, discontinued. That's not necessarily a problem in itself, but if you're paying for factory new, you'll want to do a bit of extra asking to make sure you are getting new stuff.
     
  4. kodorsean thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the information.. The drives i am looking at are used. I might be getting two for $300..

    Is that a decent deal?
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No, not at all.
    You're going to be getting minimal warranty, if any. I would pass on this deal.

    A good new case with a 1 year warranty is US$60 - 70
    A 250 Gb hard drive new with a 5 year warranty and 8 Mb cache is about US$115

    So you could make your own for $185 each and have far better warranty protection and a better drive mechanism.
     
  6. kodorsean thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where can i find a 250mb external drive with a case that has both firewire and usb hookups for $185?
     
  7. BlueT macrumors member

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    I've mentioned this in another thread. TigerDirect is selling a Seagate 250 GB 7200 RPM 8 MB cache HDD for $69 after rebate. It's on their homepage. Also, a decent enclosure shouldn't cost more than $70 (it'll be a lot less if you only need USB 2.0).
     
  8. neut macrumors 68000

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    Here's one for $199

    Here's one with FW800/400 and USB2 for $219

    Geeks.com had FW400/USB2 enclosures for $27 ... they sold out (ugly cases anyway). :)
    EDIT: looks like the price went up ... out of stock :(


    peace | neut
     
  9. kodorsean thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it safe to say $250 for a 250gb external drive with both firewire/USB and a case is an avg price?
     
  10. neut macrumors 68000

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    I'd say that's the retail average ... though that should be the max price not the average when making a purchase. Here's another 250 FW/USB for $169


    peace | neut
     
  11. kodorsean thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you..
     
  12. neut macrumors 68000

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    No problem ... i've been in the market for one too. :)


    peace | neut
     
  13. agent76 macrumors newbie

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    Check www.passwird.com for deals they have quite a few popping up now and then on drives and external drives.

    I recently purchased an aComdata external (USB2) 250g for (after rebates) $200 canadian. USB2 drives are fine if you're transferring large archives, but it seems to be almost painfully slow (mind you it's on my PC desktop p4 2.0 512mb ram) for transferring LOTS of small files (around 80 gigs worth) took around 100 minutes (tons of tiny html files, small images, etc..) on the plus side it is one of the sexier looking external drives. http://www.acomdata.com/hdp/fs.html
     
  14. camomac macrumors 6502a

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    laCie?

    last night i just bought a LaCie d2, (250gb) triple interface,
    plugged it in and bing. no problems. OS X pops up a
    little icon that looks just like the drive.

    i would recommend that drive $219.00, from apple, and
    if you are eligable for a discount even less online.


    and on the LaCie, last night i transfered 110 gb in 38 mins
    (FW800, see comp. in sig)
     
  15. shdwsclan macrumors member

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    I strictly recomend getting an internal Seagate with GShock and then a small multi-interface external housing. The Seagates are the most realiage and they have a 5 YEAR WARRANTY on the internal drives. The already-made external models come with probably a 1 year warranty.

    You could probably get a drive with a smaller capacity and a different internal interface if you want to spend less.

    I recommend a Seagate Barracuda 500gb sata

    and a multi-interface external enclosure
     

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