External Hard Drive Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by atari1356, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    I need to buy an external hard drive for backing up my Powerbook and storing video. I'm on a tight budget, so I don't want to spend much more than $200.

    I love the looks of this Lacie drive , but it only has a 2Mb buffer and doesn't support Firewire 800 (just firewire 400).

    For a little bit more (around $223 U.S. dollars total) I can get a Firewire 800 MacAlly enclosure and better Hitachi hard drive.

    Are there other external drives/drive enclosures I should look at? Is Firewire 800 really that much better than Firewire 400?

    Thanks :)
  2. Solafaa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
    Get the slower firewire 400, althou its slower its also cheaper, for any more files you would need just byrn them onto DVD's.
  3. atari1356 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    I ended up ordering the MacAlly Firewire 800 enclosure with this Seagate Barracuda 200Gb hard drive.

    The 250Gb Hitachi hard drive I linked to before would NOT have worked in that enclosure since it's an SATA drive... rather than an IDE/ATA drive. So, I'm glad I caught my mistake before ordering.

    Total cost with shipping came to around $197 - not bad for a 200Gb Firewire 800 drive. :)

    Yes, a Firewire 400 enclosure would have been $30-$40 cheaper, but since I want to use the drive for some video work I think it's worth the additional expense.

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