Good external hard drives?

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  1. Eevee macrumors 6502a

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    I am planning to buy an external hard drive for my powerbook. The one I am interested is the LaCie d2 hard drive extreme 160 GB, which has firewire 400, 800, and USB2 connections. Is this a good external hard drive for a powerbook? Are there others to consider beside LaCie?
     
  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....please have a look through this forum and the "product recommendations" forum...there have been several threads in the last couple of weeks about external drives....oh yeah!
     
  3. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    FW800 won't hurt, but don't spend any extra money on it, because it won't be any faster than FW400-- which is still faster than the drive itself.

    paul
     
  4. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    The extreme version of the D2 does not have a USB2 connection on it. I have the 250GB version, that I use for video editing with a Powerbook and PowerMac G4. The unit that I have works perfectly, and would recommend it. The D2 LaCie drives have got a good reputation. Go for it!
     
  5. Falleron macrumors 68000

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    Have used that drive many times. Its really nice. Get one with the firewire 800. Will be better for the future.
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I really like the LaCie d2s. I have a couple of them, 2 120s and a 160. I do read about a lot of problems with the larger ones and heat. But mostly in different LaCie enclosures.
     
  7. budaapple macrumors regular

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    smarter move

    In my opinion it is cheaper and in the long run more convenient if you buy a fw case and put whatever is on sale inside, once that is full you can either erase or remove it and replace it with another sale special HD. Tghis method I use all the time for archiving video. just my 2 cents worth
     
  8. 2jaded2care macrumors 6502

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    Have used both the d2s and slim Porsche-enclosure LaCies. No problems with any, except the Porsche runs hot. Hot enough to wrinkle the plastic window on a CD sleeve... I don't put anything on top anymore except my coffee cup. :D

    I don't understand the deal about the Porsche enclosure anyway. It's a rectangular box. I mean, it doesn't look bad, but -- it's still a box.
     
  9. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    I have a LaCie 250gig tripple d2 and its working a treat. A bit noisy at times but no heat issues.
     
  10. Eevee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reply!

    Thanks for the reply! I believe I will get the LaCie hard drive with the FireWire 800. It cost more, but now I got $$ to burn.
     

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