Help choosing a 2.5" external drive...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kingsly, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    I am going out of town this summer and need a scratch disk for some editing I need to do (and perhaps a few games? :D )
    Apparently, the world's HDD manufactures have dumped FireWire and warmly embraced USB 2.0.
    My first question is... Is USB 2.0 sufficient speed for a scratch disk?
    If not, can someone suggest a good 2.5" FW drive that is inexpensive (under $150 would be great)

    Finally, How much space do you think I need? I have two big scratch disks at home, and the 2.5 would be more of a 'travel' disk for one or two projects and a small partition for windows games.
     
  2. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    Could you build your own??

    Here are some 2.5 in enclosures i found on newegg.

    Here are some notebook hard drives that can fit in the enclosures.
     
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Lacie has some good refurbs if you're OK with USB in that price range:
    100GB 5400RPM USB 2.0 Mobile, Designed by F.A. Porsche (RECON) - $149.99

    That ain't too shabby, though I would just wait and see if any of their FW drives end up on there.
     
  4. Mord macrumors G4

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    usb sucks for video, it's unusable get a firewire one.
     
  5. lexus macrumors 68000

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    Try the Lacie rugged you can get it in 80gb or 100gb 5400 rpm and it has Firewire 800 / 400 and USB and does not need to be powered.
     
  6. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I've just ordered this from Macally, since I have a spare 60Gb 4200 notebook drive, after upgrading my wife's XP notebook HD.

    Nice to have USB2 and Firewire connections - plus it'll allow daisy chaining, potentially to a video-camera for mobile capturing.

    I've used both USB2 and Firewire for SD/mini-DV video capture, without any problems. I prefer firewire though, as it's supposed to manage bandwidth more effcientiently then USB2.
     
  7. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    Alrighty, so I guess USB 2.0 is out of the question. I am interested in the LaCie drives... I just haven't a clue how much space I'm going to need.
    I am guessing no less than 60GB, right?
     

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