External HD: Porche vs lacie d2

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  1. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    Hey All

    I need to get a new external HD, Now the old one I had was great, just getting full.

    I was looking at the Porshe 250 gigs for $219.00
    and the LaCie 250 for $269.00

    I have a concern about noise, I hate a noisey drive.
    Now my old LaCie was sweet pretty quiet and fast.

    But the guy at MacMall was telling me that the Porsche is the older drive and noiser.

    Anyone have either of these units and know which one is best?

    Any information is appreciated!

    also are all the problems with firewire 800 over? :confused:
     
  2. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    lacie D2 drives are rack-mountable. if that adds value for you, go for it.
     
  3. dogsbody macrumors regular

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    LaCie Big Disk Extreme

    I have a LaCie Big Disk Extreme 320Gb (that's the FW400/FW800 one), and I find it snappy and relatively quiet.

    It's not light, but transfer over FW800 is rather quick at 88Mb/s with my PB1.25. The only problem I have, is that I cannot capture from a FW400 connected DV-camera in iMovie if the LaCie is plugged in. I even tried connecting the LaCie using FW400 and plugging the Camera into one of the LaCie's spare FW400 ports but to no avail.

    HTH
     
  4. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    The porsche's exterior is plastic, the d2's is metal. I have the d2 and am pretty happy with it. It's not too noisy. I've seen the porsches and don't like them. But that's your decision. ;)
     
  5. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    have you tried it with a pcmcia firewire card? digicam needs its own firewire buss...
     
  6. dogsbody macrumors regular

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    No I haven't yet - don't have the cash to buy a PCMCIA firewire card yet either. I take it, then, that FW800 and FW400 run on the same bus?
     
  7. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with the D2 drive just because of the metal casing. Its ultra robust and will not crack or break like the Porsche casing.
     
  8. Grokgod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    plastic porsche casing, wow , i didnt know that!

    that would be a deal breaker, I think!

    I travel alot and plastic would never survive the customs inspections!
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    If you travel alot, you might want to consider a smaller firelite drive or something to that effect. I have 3 d2s. I really like them, but I took one to RI on a trip once and I'll never do that again. It weighs a TON. Customs people always want to dig into your luggage to look at it.
     
  10. ksz macrumors 68000

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    LaCie has recently updated their lower capacity 160, 200, and 250 d2 models to support FW800 in addition to FW400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0.

    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10016

    I am very happy with their new d2 16x dual-layer DVD writer (2 weeks old) -- good build quality, good software (supports dual-layer burning on both Mac and PC), and good aesthetic design.

    If I hadn't purchased a 250GB 7200rpm drive with 8MB buffer for $119 at the local Fry's and clothed it in a FW400 metal case for another $70, I would have easily paid the "small" premium for the triple-interface LaCie d2.
     
  11. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I had to deal with a broken Porsche drive and I think there is a fundamental design flaw to it. It has no fan inside it, and after a couple of hours it gets really hot, the hot that can scald your hand. Go with a drive that has ventilation, that helps preserve drive life.
     
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  13. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

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    the Porsche is slower than the D2 and I like my D2 the new ones have FW800 wich is a good deal if you have FW800 ;-)

    and I like the blue light on my D2 :p
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I've always wondered, why the Porche design. It looks crappy, IMO. It's not known to be very reliable.
    Was a LaCie engineer drunk at Oktoberfest and bumbped into a Porche enginner or something?

    LaCie: "Sherishly, we've GOT to work togeshur"
    Porche: "Why are you touching me? That is my, how you say, special place."
    LaCie: "I love you."
     

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