External hard drive suggestions

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  1. caughtintheweb, Jun 21, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 21, 2011

    macrumors regular

    May 17, 2011
    Hi All,

    I was looking for an external hard drive for my mb. Its one of the older version and has about 200gb storage. I was looking for something which is small enough for me to carry in my bag and which can transfer using firewire 800 and usb. Any suggestions for this ?

    Thanks in advance.


    For example, I like this ..


    But it does not have a firewire port.
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Mi
    Are there any cheaper firewire 800 options? I can't seem to find anything for under $100.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    I'm on the same boat as you. Looks like I'll have to spend $150+ if I want a 1TB portable external hard drive w/ Firewire 800 access.

    I saw the one mentioned earlier in the thread:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go ($165)

    I also found this one:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB which is $168

    I wonder which one I should go with.

    Or I guess I could buy this for $70: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MSTG800U2K/ but I'm not sure what a 1TB hard drive that would fit would go for
  5. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Mi
    I ended up with an mercury pro elite mini, and I'm very happy with it, then I got a Momentus XT to swap out my internal and put the internal in the enclosure.
  6. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    i just got a Western Digital my book studio xl ...70 bucks refurbished on ebay...works awesome..firewire 800 is blazing fast
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Mi
    What capacity is it? Link?
  8. macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2010
    if you want a portable, 1 TB and firewire im pretty sure everything is over $100. but you can buy one that requires AC power (not powered by USB) thats around 100 or less. i have a 1.5 tb and 2 tb my book studio that i got both for $120 on ebay. i am daisy chaining them through firewire and then when i want wireless access, usb them to my airport extreme. tell us if you want portable or it doesn't matter and we can guide you towards a good HD with firewire. if you want to look on your own i highly recommend western digital and seagate. i have had great experience with both.

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