Advice for Firewire 800 External HD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by wnlawther, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. wnlawther macrumors newbie

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    New registered user on the forum, and I have a question about purchasing an external hd and thought this would be the place to post. I am in the need of a drive to use for time machine among other things, as I have a 500GB MacBook Pro, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. It needs to be Firewire 800, USB, 500 GB or more, and portable.

    So far I have come up with two posible ideas, and any opinions on the drives I have found would be much appreciated. Links below...
    G-Drive Mobile
    WD Passport Studio

    Thank you.
     
  2. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    My vote on portables is always for WD (Mine is about 3yrs old now and has been all over the world with me and dismantled so many times to use as a quick adaptor to fix clients laptops) - it hasnt been treated with as much respect as it should have been yet is still tippety-top (older 40GB IDE Passport).

    OWC has some nice ones tho (pocket sized with USB/FW400 & FW800 in them)
     
  3. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    I've had good experience with my Western Digital My Passport Studio. It's 500GB and I purchased back in April 2009 from Newegg for $140. Using it with my 15" 2.2ghz Macbook Pro. I'm looking to replace with a bigger one that's like 1TB or so and I wanted to still have Firewire 800/FW 800
     
  4. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    I've had good luck with the WD MyBook studio. You never said that you needed portability, so if you don't mind plugging it into the wall, the MyBook Studio is a nice drive.
     
  5. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    wow, one terabyte for $260.. pretty steep. I was hoping for something under $200.
     
  6. johnnyham macrumors regular

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    I picked up a 1 TB Western Digital MyBook on sale at Best Buy in August '09 for $140. Definitely one of my better computer investments. The USB-only drive was only $130, but I definitely prefer Firewire when it comes to data transfer, so I was willing to shell out a few extra bucks for it. The FW model came with USB and eSATA too.

    I don't really see why you'd need a portable drive (I'm assuming USB powered?) when you have a 500 GB HDD in your Pro already. My drive is portable in that I can easily slide it into its box and carry it over to wherever I'm going. Doesn't weigh much either.
     
  7. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    ^ I want to keep large files on it and also share between computers like my home Mac Mini and my MacBook Pro on the go. And where I am I may not have power so that's why I want to keep it portable. But working w/ HD and all, the files get big. I do have a large Fantom Drive I have for backups
     

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