Which drive should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Glenn Wolsey, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    200GB Seagate 7200rpm 80GB 8MB cache, USB2 AND firewire

    I got it for $120 american.

    That's a better deal than anything you are looking
    at here! I got it brand new from eBay, but I think newegg or
    tigerdirect had prices almost as nice.

    Seagates are great and I recommend them,
    but I have to recommend getting firewire in
    addition to USB, because it is a nicer and
    faster transfer if you are doing things like
    backup of your system. For video it is
    DEFINITELY better to have firewire than usb.
     
  2. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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    Portable hard drives are always nice, but you probably don't need that being that this will be for your iMac. So, in this case, I'd say get the Segate. They are a reliable brand from my experience. :)
     
  3. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    At work I use a 500gb LaCie hard drive that is wonderful.
     
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  5. Glenn Wolsey thread starter macrumors 65816

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    THe info on most of it is very short and not detailed. Thought it would be easier to provide links...
     
  6. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    You're too lazy to check the links, but you
    aren't too lazy to post a response that is
    no help at all? Sweet.
     
  7. Glenn Wolsey thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm trying to decide between a 200 and 300GB drive now.

    The difference is $30 NZD.
     
  8. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    If you do end up doing using the drive
    for video, you will want the 300 for sure.

    For my needs, the 200 is fine.

    Remember, FIREWIRE!!!!
     
  9. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    Seriously don't get USB, get Firewire. USB will take 3x longer to transfer.
     
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  11. emaja macrumors 68000

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    USB and FW are measured differently, but USB allegedly transfers data at 480mbps and FW at 400mbps, but USB uses the CPU as the controller and thus uses more system resources than FW. I believe that USB is also measured at "peak throughput" where FW is "average throughput" which makes a big difference.

    Choose a drive that is both USB and FW that uses the Oxford 911 chipset. It is the most reliable chipset available and is Mac bootable so you can boot from it - if you clone your internal drive to it using SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner.

    Getting a drive that is both FW and USB also gives you the option of which to use. If your FW goes out, you can still use the drive through USB.
     
  12. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    480mbps for USB 2.o
    400mbps for firewire

    BUT

    Firewire is a reliable streaming transfer
    where USB has a high peak speed, but
    it can't do long transfers as quickly.

    edit: oops, already been said! So fast you are!
     
  13. DEXTERITY macrumors 6502a

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    figured I would post this in here instead of starting a new post (not trying to hi-jack your thread).

    I usually buy external drives (lacies, which I love).I was considering buying an internal drive and putting it in an external case. Are there any con's to doing this and can anyone suggest what is the best way to go about doing this? If it is safer to already buy a built external drive, then I would rather do that. But working with music, I'm constantly filling up hard drives. Gets kind of expensive to keep buying 250 gb hard drives every few months..


    Thanks...
     

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