external hard drive help!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by .mark., Feb 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I'm not having much fun at the moment with trying to get a 1tb external hd.

    I ordered a mybook studio and there is a usb/firewire conflict with my dell monitor (the usb hub/card reader) so I sent that back.

    So I then ordered a lacie big disk extreme+ which got delivered today. First thing I thought was why is it so big?! I then did some research (which I probably should have done before I ordered it) and now realise its got 4 hard drives in a raid 0 config. Since I want this drive for backups it needs to be reliable - the raid 0 4 hd setup makes this drive 4 times more likely to fail than a regular HD - so I will return this drive as well.

    I have looked on the apple store and found an iomega 1tb drive but then read that it is 2 hds so twice as likely to fail.

    I've looked into getting an internal hard drive and an enclosure - i've found a seagate 1tb drive for £160 but now i can't find a suitable enclosure. I want it to have fw800.

    Can anyone either
    1. Advise me on a good, reliable 1tb external HD suitable for backups
    2. or, point me in the direction of some decent external enclosures (3.5/sata/fw800)

    bear in mind i'm in the uk so would rather order from a uk site
     
  2. Mal
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    Mal

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    The Lacie D2 is a 1TB single drive setup, with FireWire 800 in addition to the usual FireWire 400 and USB. It's a good solid drive, shouldn't cause you any types of problems. Of course, if it's reliability you're looking for, the best scenario would be a redundant array, but your costs go up significantly there.

    jW
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the advice - i'll look into it. As far as reliability goes i don't think i need a redundant array, I just want the reliability of a normal HD - not of raid 0. I'm considering getting the WD mybook again and getting a separate usb hub and not using the one integrated into my monitor...
     
  4. macrumors 6502

    errol

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    You can always take two fw800 drives, and use apple disk utility and create a software mirrored raid with them. The FW800 drives can plug into eachother, so you wouldn't waste two fw800 ports on your mac.
     

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