Which External Hard Drive Are You Using?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by frankiepdx, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular


    Dec 28, 2007
    Portland OR
    Which external drive (Mac or PC ) are you using to store your files for ATV?

    Also, would you recommend yours to others?
  2. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I am using a Western Digital Mybook 500GB

    It has Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces.

    The model # is WD5000D032-000

    Western Digital makes My Books in several flavors.

    I am happy with this one, I have seen lower priced units and some of them I would not buy. I also have read reviews on different WD My Books and you get what you pay for. There are some complaints of slower performance in the less expensive models.

    Even the cases are different. Mine is more substantial and it has a continuous rubber edge around the case that minimizes slipping around when bumped. The lower models do not have this.

    I was considering a WD My Book that is 1 Terabyte - it has 2 physical 500 Gig drives and you can put them in Raid 1 or Raid 0. But reading reviews of those have me reconsidering.

    Bottom line, I would recommend the model I have but warn you to research any others first.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I have used the WD My Book Premium and Essential. I have also used the WD HD that came out of my old Gateway PC and added the Rocket Fish Enclosure. Waiting on Time Capsule now.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2007
    brick nj
    im using a 500 gig my book...love it...starts by itself everyonce in a while while the computer is sleeping....but i am using it as my main hard drive for information...programs go on the computers hard drive...altogether...awesome unit
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 500GB USB 2.0.

    I have 4 of them and would recommend it without hesitation. They go on sale at various larger stores (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) every few months, and you can pick one up for ~ $130 USD.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2004
    I have one of those Lacie designed by F.A. Porsche, it's okay. works. 500Gb is.. well... 500Gb.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2005
    ''I use 3 cURRENTLY, two WD Mybook Drives a 500gb and a 750gb, and another 400gb external. I got a deal on a 500gb Seagate external I'll be adding to the mix soon.

    The Recent Mybooks have been cheaped somewhat they are much smaller in a more compact case
  8. macrumors member


    Feb 10, 2007
    I have the same model. However, I don't fully trust it. My husband set it up and since the first day I plugged in it gave me an error about a corrupt drive. :eek:
  9. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    I have 8x750GB Seagate Server HDDs in a RAID 5 Array.
  10. macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    Right now I'm using a Fantom G-Force 1TB Megadisk. It has FireWire800, FireWire400, and USB 2.0 interfaces. It works great, and I was able to snag one off of eBay for $250. It's RAID 0 though, which makes me very, very nervous of the consequences of a failure. So my plan is to get the Guardian Maximus enclosure found here:


    ...and then put in 2 1TB drives and use it as a Raid 1 device, which will go a long way in easing my concern.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    I'm using a limewire technology unRAID that currently is over 5 TB in storage space. I've been pretty pleased overall with the technology though the fact that each drive is a separately mounted volume is a little annoying. The data protection however has been key.

  12. macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    Looks pricey!

    The setup I'm thinking about should run about $600 and should meet my needs, for a little while at least.
  13. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I recently purchased a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ and have been very pleased with its performance as an iTunes library host.
  14. macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    Anybody try the Drobo? http://www.drobo.com

    It's interesting to me. The only thing I don't like is that it's USB only.

    So that brings up another question....is USB enough? My current drive is running Firewire 400, but is that significantly faster than USB?
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    USB 2 is plenty fast enough.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Well why didn't you return it if " since the first day " it gave you an error?

    Mine has run flawlessly, but if it didn't, I know how to exercise warranty return rights.
  17. Guest

    Jul 3, 2007

    G-tech 500GB x 2

    top rated by macworld (5 stars)

    very quiet; never a problem

    Highly recommended
  18. macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    i am using a 500Gb iOmega drive, it s kinda bulky and not so pretty but it s worked like a charm, i have no complain so far at all.. totally worth th 99 bucks i paid for it..
  19. macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I second this.
    I have 2 of them and they've been great.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    Ditto for me. USB2 only version. It's a bit slow, but works just fine when streaming. It's filling up quick though - will need something bigger soon.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern California
    500gb my book for music/music videos and podcats
    500gb my book for TV shows
    250gb western digital in an external case for movies. Works flawlessly. All under USB 2.0

    Coming out of sleep when using the appleTV is a little slow but expected with harddrive spin and over the G network. I have been very happy with them overall.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2008

    I agree too.

    I also use SEAGATE 500 Gig External hard drive. I love it. I Got rid of the Western Digital in favor for Seagate. The western digital's were very slow and unresponsive compared to Seagate.

    I'm saying this from first hand experience.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    I have a OWC Mecury Elite Raid 1 TB drive. Works nice.
  24. macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2007
    Signal Hill, CA
    I like the setup of the DROBO, but only thing I don't like is the price tag. $500 is alot for a box that only has the "features" it has and comes with no drives whatsoever. The fact that I would have to buy drives at the same time as the DROBO is what has turned me off from it.

    They also have another device now called DroboShare which will allow you to connect it to your network, but even that add-on device is another $200. Nice product, but just too pricey in my opinion.

    I am currently using a WD MB Pro with 2 TB. Works great for me, and its plugged in via Firewire 800.

  25. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Got the same one. It's a great drive. Got a 500GB and a 320GB one.

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