1TB external hard drive for MBP -- La Cie or FD?

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  1. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822154207

    http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop...+Hard+Drive-External+Hard+Drives&dpno=7532251

    can't decide, what do you think? or could you guys steer me towards a better alternative for a good price? I custom built a seagate 120gb internal hd+macally firewire 400 enclosure a few years ago but its maxed out and i want an external for all my downloads and time machine and such for *real* backup. i dont trust the long term lifespan of the harddrive in my MBP
     
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  3. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    both are USB 2.0 only (I wouldn't use eSATA probably). I'm leaning towards La Cie also.

    how does that compare to firewire 400 I currently have on my 120gb custom built macally external closure?

    is USB 2.0 acceptable?
     
  4. Nadasive macrumors 6502

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    I say get This HDD

    Sure its a little pricey but its the best External HDD I've ever had with NO problems Whatsoever. its great HDD :) check it out
     
  5. steve31 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 1TB La Cie and like it. Very quiet.
     
  6. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    the same lacie i posted a link to? which hd manufacturer do they usually throw into their external hard drives?
     
  7. number9 macrumors 6502

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    I have a similar question. I just ordered the LaCie eSATA, FireWire 400 & Hi-Speed USB 2.0 1 TB external for $147 and saw the Fantom USB 2.0/eSATA 1 TB external on buy.com for $89.99 after a $40 mail in rebate.

    Do you think the Firewire option and the name brand ( I realize LaCie doesn't make the actual hard disk) is worth the extra money over the USB 2.0/eSATA only Fantom one? I amusing it as the drive for a CarbonCopy back up and as storage for my media, so it will get used for periodic back ups and media play back. I assumed firewire 400 would be better for this than USB 2.0.

    What do you all think?
     
  8. nicfargo macrumors member

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    I just recently got the WD My Book Studio II. This thing is pretty nice. USB, FW400/800, eSATA, 2TB (1TB RAID 1), for like $220 on Bestbuy.com. So far it works great. I'm using it as my time machine and I really like it so far. Good stuff!
     
  9. trekster macrumors member

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    Didn't want to create a new thread. This was the most recent thread that I found. I'm interesting in buying a 1tb harddrive and I was wondering which brand should I go with. I'm going to connect it to my AEBS. I have all macs at my house but I would also like the harddrive to be windows friendly.
     
  10. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    I have the Fantom Drive and I like it. I got the GF1000EU model though.

    Comes with a Western Digital 1TB green drive that works well, nice enclosure too, and comparatively very cheap!
     
  11. trekster macrumors member

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    link please. :)
     
  12. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204069&Tpk=gf1000eu

    this is the drive it comes with:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136151

    I got it from buy.com earlier when it was $80 something after rebate, but $90 after rebate from newegg.com is good too, newegg.com is the best too.

    I too contemplated getting the La Cie but I heard of power failures on it. Plus, it comes bundled with one of a few random drives. If I were getting La Cie, I'd want a higher end quatra drive or something. Those seem really solid
     
  13. trekster macrumors member

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    Thanks for the links.
    How's the noise and heat?
     
  14. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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    Drive is pretty silent, and heat dissipates well with the external (after transferring 200GB and letting it run for a while).
     
  15. MidwestStuck macrumors member

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    Yes, I have the exact same HD and works like a charm. LaCie is supposed to be pretty reliable. As for the OP, I recommend you take a look at the same model. Here's a link http://www.buy.com/prod/lacie-1tb-7200rpm-triple-interface-usb-2-0-firewire-esata-external/q/loc/101/207875541.html. It's the same thing as the original LaCie HD you were looking at, but it comes with FW and eSATA.
     
  16. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

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    i have 3 external HDs that i can recommend and have good experience with: a Lacie 1TB (esata, FW, USB 2) and a Seagate Free Agent 1TB (esata, FW, USB 2). I also have a 500GB SG 500GB Free agent (esata, USB 2) that I use for my PC.

    i have had multiple bad experiences with Maxtor and Western Digital in th past so I am staying away from them. Moreso with Maxtor than with WD. All 3 are formatted with NTFS and I can read/write to them all with the Macs using Macfuse.
     
  17. merc669 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking at buying an external 320G USB/Firewire for my current MBP which is about 4 years old. Most of the Portable External Drives have no Power Brick since they use the USB for Power. However I want to use Firewire. Is there enough power if any to run the drive or do I need to use both USB for power and Firewire for Data? Or how do I power it? Thanks!

    Bill.....:apple:
     

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