Advice on External Drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SDDave2007, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. SDDave2007 macrumors regular

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    I need to get a LARGE external drive for my MacPro (1Tb), and a smaller one for my wifes MacBookPro [250g].

    I'm leaning towards a FW800 interface, and a either a GDrive from G-Tech, a MiniG from TransIntl or the the Mercury Elite from OWC.

    What is anyones opinion of any of these drives? Which ones does anybody actually have and in what configuration.

    Also a side question. I see some have e-Sata interface.... How does that work as an external drive? I haven't seen anything but FW400/FW800 or USB on any Mac...
     
  2. me hate windows macrumors 6502

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    Any of those are good choices.
    If you want something more portable for the MacBookPro, you can get one of these external enclosures http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817146604
    and pair it with this hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136159
    The FireWire port will power the drive without the need for a separate power adapter, the case is also pretty rugged. I haven't had any problems with the one I use.

    As for eSATA, it's just a SATA port on the outside of the computer. You can get an addon card for your Mac Pro so you can use it, but Firewire is just easier, and if you get an eSATA drive, you can't use it on someone elses computer that doesn't have the port.
     

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