External Hard Drive - Buffalo or WD?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by irbdavid, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. irbdavid macrumors regular

    irbdavid

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    Hi guys,

    Can anyone tell me from experience whether or not the auto power off function on either of these two USB hard drives works when they're used with a mac that just sleeps rather than one that actually gets shut down. Also, would the auto power off work if they were connected to the mac via a powered USB hub?

    Buffalo DriveStation
    Western Digital MyBook

    Cheers,

    Dave
     
  2. techster85 macrumors regular

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    I have heard that the MyBook will autopower off when your mac sleeps. Now, I heard this about the MyBook Pro, so the regular USB drive might be a little different.
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Why buy a finished-goods drive with a measly 1 year warranty and a 2 Mb drive cache, when you could build your own with a "internal" IDE drive and a good case (like a MacAlly, where you have the choice of USB, FW400 FW800 or any combination) and get an 8 or 16 Mb cache and a 3 to 5 year warranty on the drive mechanism, for about the same price?
     
  4. thenewguy macrumors regular

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    I think you need to do some math.

    The only MacAlly External Enclosure that has Firewire 800 is this: http://www.macally.com/spec/usb/storage_device/phr_100acb.html

    Its $150. A 250gb HDD with 16mb cache and all that is going to be around $80. That's $230 for a 250gb ext. For That exact same price at Dell Home you can get the My Book Pro 500gb! That has a 3 year warranty, 16mb cache, FW 800, and the aesthetics are a no brainer.

    The 250gb version is way cheaper, too.
     

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