Any recommendations for external hard drive???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by budge9, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. budge9 macrumors member

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    I'm looking to buy an external hard drive to back up data on my macbook but does anybody have any suggestions as to which one would be a good one to buy?? The more gb the better but I'm lookin at the Seagate 750gb from amazon. Has anybody got this already? Thanks a million!
     
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    The former has eSata/USB2/FireWire400 (aka 1394A) ports, whereas the latter only has eSata/USB2. I personally have a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB with eSata/USB2/FW400, and so far (I've had it for four months) it's been flawaless. Reliable, good transfer speeds and good looks (IMO).
     
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    I don't know of any enclosure yet which uses the Oxford 934DSb.
     
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    I just picked up a Western Digital 1TB drive on sale at best buy for 200$, reg 399$. if you are interested.
     
  8. schreck macrumors regular

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    It appears that he's from the United Kingdom, but you're right, that's a pretty fantastic deal!

    That's the one in the green box, no? If I'm correct, it only comes with USB 2,0. :(
     
  9. budge9 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've ordered the Seagate without the firewire. Does anybody know if there is much difference between the two and if it's worth me getting the one with firewire if it makes that much difference. Thanks!
     
  10. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    You'll get much better, and steady, transfer speeds with firewire than you will with USB2.
     
  11. unknown87 macrumors regular

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    Depends what you're looking to do. Simple backups with time machine? Simple external (IMHO). I picked up a WD 250GB and it does everything I need it to for a VERY reasonable price.
     
  12. budge9 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just want to use it to back up media files and word documents. I'm not sure now if it's worth swapping it for the firewire version. Any advice??
     
  13. benlee macrumors 65816

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    I have one of these bad boys. 320 GB....though I wish I would have gotten higher capacity. I'm going to buy a larger one and give my old one to my GF when I get around to installing Leopard on her machine.

    I got the triple interface one. Looks great. Though the blue LED light will light up a dark room.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/
     
  14. daze macrumors 6502

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    Too bad the Apple Extreme router does not come with any type of firewire interface. Would've preferred it over USB.
     
  15. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that decision on their part is more than a little baffling.
     
  16. trule macrumors 6502

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    What's the point, the disk is the bottleneck in either case. Therefore Apple did the right thing and chose the cheaper and more common solution.

    After all, how many printers are on the market with a firewire interface...
     
  17. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Canadians???

    I just bought a 1TB LaCie Triple-Interface (FW800/FW400/USB2) d2 7200rpm/32MB external HD from Future Shop for $329 CDN. Even includes all the cables! Amazing drive, amazing deal! My 4-year-old iBook now has nearly 2TB accessible!

    My advice -- go FW800. Even if your current Mac doesn't include it, your next one probably will. And really, what's your time worth???
     
  18. daze macrumors 6502

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    That's excellent. I might pick one up to connect to my Apple Extreme or something... Though, of course, I could use one of my old 40GB hard drives and setup a somewhat limited TimeMachine. :)
     

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