OWC Mercury Elite

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iGary, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. iGary Guest

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    FireWire Drives...

    I'm looking at picking up a FW800 500GB model.

    Anyone have experience? I'm very interested in the noise factor.

    Thanks. :)
     
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    I would still go build-my-own with a mechanism and a good quality case -- it seems to be the only way to get the full 3 or 5 year warranty on the mechanism.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i'd have to second this Gary. you can get a much better drive with warranty going this route instead of buying a pre-made one. i would look at Seagate drives specifically. i might have to do this myself soon too.
     
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    Well can you guys point me to a NICE looking enclosure that I can put 2 150GB Seagates into? What other parts do I need?

    Decided I only need 300GB.

    I'm all about Seagates - I am replacing my existing main HDD with one this wee because I am tired of listinening to it. My secondary internal is a Seagate.
     
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    Really didn't feel like putting one of these together (more expensive), and since they come with Seagate Barracudas, which I have in my PM, I'm happy. Price was right, too.
     
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    I've owned a couple Mercury Elite FW drives, though not this specific one. Mine were/are pretty quiet. I've had no problems.
     
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    I'm using a Lacie d2 Triple Interface now, it's somewhat quite, the sound of the computer running covers that.
     
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    I was thinking about buying from OWC a FW drive since they come with a 2 yr. warranty and the fact that the software is nice to have. The best reason for me is/was that it's done and the price was within $20 for everything (less software). Good luck with the choice :)
     
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    you're probably better off with 1 300gb drive than 2 160gb's (no one makes 150gb's) due to price. if i were you i'd get an ams venus 3 hard drive enclosure and your favorite brand of hard drive. i have western digital but whatever works for you. mine's nice and cool and quiet.

    the other day i accidentally unplugged it while running and playing a video off the drive :eek::eek: and it was fine. would NOT recommend that tho :eek:

    edit: forgot fw800....the ams doesnt have that. sorry :eek:
     
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    FW800 is the big deal for me.

    Lacie and Maxtor were both at least 100 higher for this size. This will be perfect.
     
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    Yep, sorry, forgot you have that extra special FW port...wish the iMac had one of those ;) They could have one of my USB2.0 and I'll take that FW 800 anyday hands down :D
     
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    I just had a USB 2.0 drive, and compared to FW800...:eek:
     
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    I've had a number of OWC Mercury Elite drives, including a 250GB FW800 one, and think they're great. My LaCie 500GB Big Disk, on the other hand, blew a drive (of the two in there) just a little after the 1-year warranty expired. I have awful luck with LaCie products.
     
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    I've never done well with them, either, which is why I am giving this a try. Looks nice with my PM, too. Glad to hear people have had good luck with them.
     

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