Any external HD runs on Firewire 800??

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  1. ArchXyrho888 macrumors newbie

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    i am looking to buy a external HD that don't run on AC and use firewire 800. i know LaCie have one, is there any other one that does? hit me up with a link or something or branding and model. ty ty
     
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    LaCie or build your own. MacDaw explained the reasoning.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    ^^^ I think the OP is looking for a FW800-powered drive, not just a drive that uses FW800.
     
  4. Bulldog3777 macrumors 6502

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    Fw 800

    You mentioned LaCie, I have two and love them. I got the rugged laCies.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Correct as usual r.j.s., that's how I read it

    They are out there I think, but not common, I suppose because of the power drain

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    There are many bus powered (FW800) enclosures for notebook drives. OWC has their "on-the-go" - it comes with all cables and a case (I have one with a 7200RPM 200GB drive installed). I also have a Rosewill case, which is dual-FW800 and USB2. It doesn't come with a case, but otherwise is a nice, aluminum, enclosure. I believe they both use the same chipset (Oxford).

    edit: Power wise, there's no problem at all supporting a notebook drive and case. Apple's FW power supply spec says 6-8W per port. WD Scorpio Black (7200RPM) uses about 2W during normal operation.
     
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    I have a Fujitsu 120GB external that has FW 800. It has a power cord, but I have never used it. It works fine.
     
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    All of these will give you what you are looking for, however you will need to buy the drive and build it yourself (really easy).
     
  11. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Another vote for G-Technology. I'm using one of their G-Raid mini's which is two 5400 rpm drives in raid 0 config powered over fw 800 (or fw 400 or USB with the included power adapter). It also includes a carry case.
     
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    Are you saying the G-Raid Mini (with 2 drives inside) can be powered off of FW800 bus power alone, with no power supply? If so that's pretty nice :)
     
  14. errol macrumors 6502

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    Will the bus powered 2.5" FW800 enclosures have similar or the same performance as a full, powered 3.5" enclosure (both 7200rpm) ?
     
  15. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    I regularly run a pair of 2.5" drives off the FW800 port. One is a Rosewill FW8000 enclosure and one in a G-Technology Mini enclosure. Both cases have Fujitsu 320gb 7,200rpm drives.

    FYI, the G-Technology enclosures have Hitachi drives inside. I love the enclosure, but hate the hard drive (loud, hot, and slow).
     
  16. occamsrazor macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for that, that's impressive... I agree the G-Technology enclosures are nice, I just wish they sold them case-only. At the monent I'm using one of these:

    http://www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2643
     
  17. ArchXyrho macrumors member

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    Thanks you guys! that was very awsome. Now i am fighting between the My Passport Studio or the LaCie rugged one.
     
  18. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    The Studio drive is terrific. It's on the expensive side, but if that's not a problem for you, I say go for it.
     
  19. garfieldv1 macrumors newbie

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    This is the best value I've ever found...
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10782427
    $84.82 for a Seagate FreeAgent GO Portable Hard Drive, 320GB 5400 RPM, USB 2.0 / FireWire 400 / FireWire 800 for Mac - Silver

    Most enclosure will cost more than this...and you got a 320GB...also it's for Mac, and it's Seagate....
    Don't forget the bing cashback, and let them ship to store...I've got two, work great in SL & Win7 on my mid 2009 17 mbp

     
  20. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    I got a 320GB FW800 LaCie Rugged for $85 brand new. It is great drive, very durable and works great for my video projects. You just need to hunt for a good price.
     
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  22. garfieldv1 macrumors newbie

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    wow! good deal...more detail?
     
  23. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    I used a coupon that has now expired, but I am sure you could find a similar deal.
     
  24. garfieldv1 macrumors newbie

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    whick site? dell? I've been looking around for a well, the best I've got is the seagate one I post in #20..that's $90 after tax & cashback, thanks

     

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