1T ExHardrive, 30 for student iMac's

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jescompany, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Jescompany macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    Hi all. Love this forum. Need ideas:

    I have 30 iMac's, none older than 3 years. 3 classes of film students and their projects that need backup. Snow Leopard. Firewire 800.

    I am concerned about price and security. If possible I would wish for a secure enclosure and drive for $100.00 each.

    Might have to scrub the idea of security, where to begin?

  2. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    What purpose will these externals have?

    If security (as in people stealing them) is an issue, look into some kind of network attached storage. It might end up being a little more costly than a bunch of externals but it could serve your needs better.
  3. Tailpike1153 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2004
    Bellevue, WA
    That's a $3000 budget. I agree with reebzor. Think about NAS. I was looking at this for my home network. You would still have some money left over to upgrade the drives to 2 or 3TB.
  4. jtara, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011

    jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Better buy fast. Hard drive prices are going up, and PC manufacturers are even constrained in their production because they cannot get enough hard drives!

    The problem with NAS is "film students". They are going to be transferring a LOT of data. Gigabit Ethernet can about match the transfer rate of current hard drives. For ONE user at a time!

    If we were talking desktop computers, you could upgrade the network and client computers to something faster than Gig-E. But these are iMacs, so you don't have that choice. Plus upgrading the network could potentially blow the budget, given wiring costs. (Though existing Cat5E or Cat6 could work - really depends on what wire is installed and how carefully it was installed.)

    So, the OPs plan makes more sense than it might seem on the surface.

    USB 2.0 is actually faster than Firewire 800. Forget the Firewire 800. You're just pushing yourself into a potentially-costly niche.

    Sure, you can get a 1TB drive and external USB enclosure for $100. Many choices.

    Not sure what you mean by "secure". Physical, as in bolt-down? Encrypted? Something else?
  5. stordoff macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2009
    Firewire 800 is significantly faster than USB 2.0. See these tests:

  6. Jescompany thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2011
    Drives Drives

    The purpose is for storing media for editing with Final Cut Pro. Cannot be network.

    Students tend to lift anything that is not bolted. Open to enclosure of any kind, bolts? Or not at all, need drives.


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