Need help on buying External HD...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cujoca, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. cujoca macrumors regular

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    Right now i need an external HD for storage of digital video (my iMac 500 gb is filling up...lol). Right now the one i'm really liking the Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB. Here's the link tell me what you think http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=224&language=en I also like that it has firewire 400, which will be faster that USB 2.0. If you guys could tell me your thoughts and opinions that would be great!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The WD MyBook Premium or Pro drives are fine drives, and it is a popular choice, esp. if you are looking for a ready to use solution.

    The alternative is to buy a good enclosure like a MacAlly PHR100AC and a hard drive of your choice, and assemble it yourself (takes 4 minutes, max.) This way you get the drive manufacturer's full warranty (usually 3 yr or 5 yr) on the drive, instead of one year or three years (check the warranty info carefully to see which MyBook warranty applies, it is 1 yr or 3 yr depending on the specific model number)

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  3. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read some reviews saying that even with the Firewire 400 port, transfers tend even to be slow...Does anyone else know or has experienced this?

    Thanks again!
     
  4. zap2 macrumors 604

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  5. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're going to go with that drive, get it from newegg:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822154161

    and pay with paypal and use promo code:
    PAYPAL10

    to get free shipping. That should save you at least $50.

    I had my heart set on this drive when I first saw Topgunn's last post here in this thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=257645&highlight=lacie+320gb+newegg

    But after seeing some more discussion on this drive in other threads in the Buying tips subforum as well as on other sites (For example, amazon's product page:
    http://www.amazon.com/320GB-Lacie-E...?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1174737103&sr=8-15) I'm having second thoughts...Plus, I myself had a tough time with my Lacie external lightscribe burner (ultimately, I learned that [with my mac mini at least] I had to use usb 2.0 instead of firewire otherwise I'd get errors in my disc burning).

    I'm trying to inquire more on the options from OWC. You can follow along with me in this thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=271153

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

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    the only problem is the 20" iMac c2d does not have a firewire 800 port...
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Then go with Firewire 400.

    I had a USB 2.0 hard drive that I filled up, so I bought a bigger drive, this time opting for FW400. The difference is night and day.

    On paper, USB 2.0 may have the faster transfer rate, but all real-world usage tests show that FW400 is faster.
     
  8. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

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    I also love the Western Digital My Book Pro but I can't find any places that they sell them in stores in Canada (I prefer to buy it in store). Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  9. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a

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    maxtor hard drives have never let me down, and i find that their build quality is superior; in my experience its very much a case of "you get what you pay for". but i also know people who have got WD HD's and love them to bits. i have gone from a maxtor onetouch 200gb firewire (original metal version, soon to be sold) onto their newer onetouch 3 500GB drive, as i filled the other one. havent let me down once.


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  10. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I've yet to have a Western Digital hard drive fail on me. And I've owned a ton of WDs over time. Although I don't have experience with a MyBook, but the hard drive inside of it is what really matters.
     

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