BIGGEST, Fastest Firewire Hard Drive for the Macintosh?!

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  1. Shrek macrumors 65816

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    I just found what might possibly be the BIGGEST, fastest firewire hard drive for the Macintosh. Click here to see it! It's interesting that it says it's for Mac only. Does that mean it will work better on a Mac?

    Does anyone here know anything more about this drive? Does anyone here have this drive or has ever used it? So far I've only found this drive at MacMall but haven't seen it anywhere else. Are there any other vendors out there selling it for a lower price?

    Are there any firewire hard drives of the same (200GB, 7200RPM) or better specs for a better value out there? If so, can you post a link to it here? No NAS drives, please. :p
     
  2. gopher macrumors 65816

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    There are Ultrawide SCSI drives that have 10000 RPM that are faster. And if I'm not mistaken they can be quite formidable as a chain in a RAID configuration. Now with the 64 bit PCI slots, a SCSI card might be able to pump more juice quicker.
     
  3. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    the drive is a western digital caviar drive named Drivezilla.
     
  4. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, but are there any SCSI external firewire drives?

    Hmmm. Not a firewire hard drive.
     
  5. vniow macrumors G4

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    There's not going to be. There's plenty of SCSI to firewire adapters out there, but no SCSI firewire enclosures.

    The Drivezilla is what's INSIDE the enclosure. :rolleyes:
     
  6. DavPeanut macrumors 6502

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    Why in the name of Hampter Huey and the Gooey Kablooie do you need a 200 Gb harddrive
     
  7. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't get it. :confused:
     
  8. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Gotta have some GBs for the future, I say! Plus I can use some of it to backup my internal HD. ;)
     
  9. arn macrumors god

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    I think part of the confusion is the differences between firewire/scsi/ide. I personally haven't delved into them... but generally you can guy two types of drives:

    SCSI
    IDE

    You can use IDE drives in Firewire enclosures (or buy your own enclosure) and volia... a Firewire drive.

    You can also get adapters for SCSI drives (example)... and voila - you've turned your SCSI into a firewire drive.

    What these conversions do to the top speed/performance is a whole different question... and there isn't an easy answer. depends on the interface, and drive.

    arn
     
  10. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    a firewire drive is just a enclosure with a normal desktop 3.5" hard drive inside.

    so when you found a 200GB drive my first thought was who the hell makes a 200GB drive? biggest i ahd heard of was 120 by WD at 7200rpm with 8mb cache or a 160GB maxtor at 5400 rpm. so i went and check and apparently WD just started shipping 200GB caviar drives in limited numbers for about $400.

    so apparently these people bought some of WD's drive threw it in a white firewire enclosure and is selling them to mac users since pc users cant use the 200GB drive until ms releases its next service pack for xp.
     
  11. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So if "a firewire drive is just an enclosure with normal desktop 3.5" hard drive inside" then where I get an enclosure for a drive?
     
  12. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    most any retail store. look for firewire enclosure kits. they cost about 100 to 150 US$
     
  13. G5orbust macrumors 65816

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    Comp USa's got its own generic brand for 69 bucks US and it sells a pyro drive enclosure that can handle IDE optical drives and Hard drives aswell for 99 bucks US.
     
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    ah one more thing. make sure it uses the oxford 911 chipset.
     
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    Do you have any idea how fast disk space gets chewed up when you have a 6.1 megapixel camera?
     
  16. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Found a Macally firewire enclosure here for US $99, and it appears that CompUSA also has the same enclosure for US $82.61. Would that work with the Western Digital 200GB Drivezilla drive?
     
  17. Rajj macrumors 6502a

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    Ummm... let's see...
    Downloading movies or
    making your own movies (pornos)
    a stockpile of mp3's
    need I say more?????:D
     
  18. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    >Downloading movies or
    making your own movies (pornos)
    a stockpile of mp3's
    need I say more?????:D

    You must have some life. [​IMG]

    Dealtime has a few comparison prices, if you want to have a look. Three point five enclosures start at about $70.
     
  19. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. This is the best deal I've found so far. Can anyone find any better deals on this product?
     
  20. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    thoase are great deals. as i mentioned earlier they typically go for $100 to $150, and deal time lists one at $60.
     
  21. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That $60 drive is only 2.5". Look at the second one in the list.
     
  22. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    ah your right. still $70 is damn good.
     
  23. rugby macrumors regular

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    Whatever enclosure you get for your 200gb drive, make sure it supports ATA-6 specs so you can see all 200gb of the drive. Buying a 200gb drive and only seeing 128gb of it would really suck.
     
  24. Shrek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. Though I don't plan on getting an external hard drive anytime soon. I'm just planning way ahead of time. ;)
     

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