A cheap, decent external HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by billiam0878, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. billiam0878 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2002
    Winter Park, FL
    Hi Everybody,

    I'm interested in picking up an inexpensive, though reliable, FireWire hard drive ranging from 80-120 GB. Any recommendations?

  2. itsbetteronamac macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    I just bought a 100gb Maxtor 3100(USB) @ Best Buy for $70, and so far it's working out great. I would have liked something else, and with firewire, but, I just could beat the price, and I had a gift card to best buy.

    But, if you are looking for a deal, and something with firewire I would suggest going here http://www.lacie.com/products/clearance/products/?id=10007. You can get a 160gb firewire drive for like $99.
  3. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    I love my LaCie drive. I would pay what i paid for it, again.. i think it's worth it.
  4. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

    Will Cheyney

    Jul 13, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Cheapness usually comes at the compromise of quality - something that isn't worth risking with something as important as data.
    You can't go wrong with a LaCie d2 external (like mine). You pay a little bit more, but they really are fantastic.
  5. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    What ever you do, make sure that it has firewire 400 or 800. I just got a usb2 external and it slowed down my entire computer because it drains so much cpu when in use. Firewire doesn't use the cpu to transfer information and it also can sustain data transfers much better. Just look at the performance difference: http://www.barefeats.com/usb2.html
    The drivers for usb2 on os x seem to be subpar compared to a pc counterpart. As CanadaRam suggested to me, either buy a lacie d2 or make your own from a seagate barracuda hard drive and a macally case.
  6. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    you can find an enclosure on ebay for about $30 shipped, then you can get whatever hard drive you like. Putting the drive in the case takes about 5 minutes and only requires proficency in screwdriver usage. This is probably the cheapest way to go.
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    COnfirming other posts - go Firewire, go external case, add the IDE hard drive of your choice. This way you get the full 3 or 5 year warranty on the hard drive mechanism, instead of only one year,

    > A cheap, decent external HD

    BTW, I've heard of an ISP selling off the equipment from a former pr0n website operation -- the drives are cheap, but indecent...

  8. itsbetteronamac macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    I say go with firewire too. I went with USB, because I only spent $40 and I am only 15. But, I will say I am happy with what I got.
  9. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Interesting. I had no idea that a USB drive pulled CPU power.

    I'm planning to get a few external drives once I get my new computer. My original plan had been to get a USB hub to run multiple USB externals, but if that's going to take a bunch power from the computer then I'm not sure I want to do that. Is there a comparable means of running multiple firewire drives?

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