750 GB Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MBP123, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. MBP123 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2006
    I am in the need of a 750GB hard drive to replace my 500GB western digital myBook HD. I don't think anyone (ie lacie or WD) makes a single 750 gb hard drive that can be used with FW 400/800, only USB 2.0. Those are my only requirements. Must be a single drive (no double drives like the big disk extreme), and must have at least fw400.

    should i buy this http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST3750640AS/ and then put it in a case myself? Will it work with my macbook pro (can i boot from it?) I usually run my mbp off the external so id need to boot from it. any other suggestions as to what to do? could someone recommend me a case to house that drive? thanks
  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Icy Box. Relatively cheap and good. No fans.
  3. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    a drive is a drive (generally) regardless of who makes it - the firewire/usb/etc interfaces on the enclosure all go through a chipset to either an IDE or SATA interface on the other side that the drive plugs into, so usually, that's the only thing to worry about.

    Reliablity, noise, heat disapation and chipset quality aside, most enclosures (and drives) work in pretty much an identical way, and will alow you to format them for Mac and boot from them.

    I did have one enclosure for which the 120GB fitted easily but a 200GB was a bit of a squeeze, so that may be an issue.

    I like Seagate, never had an issue with them. I'm pretty sure Hitachi also do a 750 now. and both of them are available in either IDE or SATA.

    If you do need a new enclosure (and I don't think you do) - MacPower do nice ones - the IceCube 'Pleiades' are fanless and goodlooking
  4. Locatel macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2006
    You were almost there... http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/800+USB2/
    Choose whatever fits your needs, you get a 2 year warranty on the unit PLUS 3 year warranty on the drive (directly from Seagate). I don't think you'll find a better deal that equals the quality of this product. Putting a drive in a case is no big deal but, in this case, is it worth the savings? Will you get a cheaper case as good?
  5. MBP123 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 26, 2006

    and thats a seagate drive

    wont have any problems booting off it to my macbook pro?
  6. EvilDoc macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2005
    Circumventing the multi-verse...
    You shouldnt, are you planing on having just 1 750 gig partition? I cant see the size being a problem.
  7. MBP123 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 26, 2006
    yeah not partitioning it....just want to boot off of it while im at my desk
  8. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
  9. hodgjy macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    I priced out Seagate drives and cases that I would trust over at Newegg, and the OWC pre-fab kits always came out cheaper. So I went with OWC. Got the 250GB Mercury with Seagate 7200.9.

  10. Locatel macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2006
    It doesn't make any sense to me putting a good HD inside a cheap enclosure. They use top quality chipsets in a machined aluminum enclosure, and the prices for the HDs alone are very good. How much would you be saving by getting a cheaper, not so good enclosure? 20~30 bucks? Is it worth it?

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