Help: Need to buy an external hard drive

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  1. matt335 macrumors newbie

    matt335

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    Hi, I have a G4 iMac. I use it mainly for photogtaphy and music. "Backup" doesn't work. I want to get an external hard drive, like La Cie, or Maxtor. Anyone with experience can help me here? I probably need at least 100 to 150gb. Thanks in advance.
    regards
    Matt.
     
  2. atif.muhammad macrumors member

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    get a External Hard Drive case 3.5".
    buy a normal internal HD that has the size you want
    put the internal hd in the External Case and you'll be done.
     
  3. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    LaCie

    160 gig=129 dollars, compusa
    design by FA Porsche
    andreas
     
  4. efoto macrumors 68030

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    You can check newegg for a decent idea of pricing and a reputable online seller.

    Pick up any three format case (fw4/fw8 and usb2) in the 3.5" standard size, purchase any internal hd in a size and speed you would like, and then merge the two and you will be all set.
     
  5. russed macrumors 68000

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    lacie d2. enough said. triple interface. in lots of sizes. looks good. pretty quick and as far as i know they are pretty reliable.
     
  6. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    I've got one of those (250 Gb) and I've been very satisfied with it so far. A bit heavy though, so might not be my first choice if I wanted one to bring around!

    A
     
  7. hanq macrumors member

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    you could try OWC (don't know if they ship outside of U.S though)
     
  8. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Keep an eye out for Holiday sales on Western Digital and other companies from the likes of Best Buy or Staples. Got a WD 80gb FW drive for under $100 in the last year from Best Buy with a sale they had.
     
  9. barrettd macrumors regular

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    This is the one I'm looking to get once my PM arrives. I've got a 200GB drive ready to drop in it. It appears to resemble the style of the PM more than most of the enclosures I've seen.

    Rosewill Enclosure at Newegg
     
  10. williamsonrg macrumors 6502

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    I've been happy with my LaCie, for what it's worth.
     
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Lacie D2. The biz...

    Robust metal case, blinding FW800 speed, triple interface...
     
  12. matt335 thread starter macrumors newbie

    matt335

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    Thanks everyone for your answers !

    I have decided to get the firewire La Cie 160gig. Cheers everyone.
    Matt.
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    "Never again will Art attain to its largest and best expressions, till daily life itself once more is penetrated with beauty" Edward Carpenter.
     
  13. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    Congrats, which one did you decide to go with?

    http://www.lacie.com/products/family.htm?id=10007

    I have been impressed with the Lacie drives. So much so I am getting ready to go with one of their mobile drives. Though I wish the Data Bank drives were available now, might be tempted then....
     
  14. matt335 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I went with the Firewire 400 http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10383 as its my entre into this area. My digital photograph library is building rapidly and I wanted more space to back up to as well. I think it will also serve very useful for my music too. Eventually I'd like to get a G5 Tower.

    Do you know whether the built-in software has a timed backup system?

    cheers.
    Matt.
     
  15. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a

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    note the external HD in my sig. near perfect setup. go to newegg.com.
     

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