Best 1TB External HDD FW800 for MBP 13"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seong, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    What are your suggestions for 1TB External HDD FW800 for Macbook Pro 13"?
    I've been looking around for a long time for this. It can be 2.5" or 3.5", but I would prefer 3.5" since they are cheap compared to 2.5".
  2. dmhawk macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
  3. seong thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Damn that's pricey.
    It's sooo hard to find FW800 external hdds that are cheap nowadays.....
    I might just save up the money to buy that.
  4. OatmealRocks macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009
    OP have you tried MyBook Firewire externals? That is what I use. I have hte 4TB version. I paid $450 at the time but have seen them around $400.
  5. deadwulfe, Mar 17, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011

    deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    MacSales has their Mercury OTG if you want one that doesn't require a separate power cable. It just feeds power off the FW cable. It's a 2.5" HDD so it's also small and great for mobility and you can daisy chain off of it with the second FW 800 port.
  6. krisjon macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I have a Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1TB FW800 that's worked well and cost about $120 when I bought it.
  7. maverick86 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2010
  8. peanuthead macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
  9. JTToft, Apr 15, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011

    JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    I was recently in the same situation. I wanted to buy a 1 TB external hard drive with FireWire 800. I already had (and still have) three Western Digital MyBook drives. They are all older models and have all been great since I got them. One is going on 4 years, one is 3 years old, and the last is 2 and a half years.
    When I bought a new drive a couple of weeks ago, I looked into the matter and saw that the newer MyBook drives had gotten very poor reviews on the online Apple Store, so I decided to go with something else. I found that the LaCie d2 Quadra has been getting very good reviews and it is one of the top rated products on the online Apple Store, so I got that one.

    It is nice with all its ports (2x FireWire 800, one USB 2.0, one eSATA, one FireWire 400), though I only use it with Time Machine on my MacBook Pro, so I really don't need anything else than FireWire 800.

    This LaCie drive seems very good and it has a solid and appealing design. But if noise is of any concern to you, I would probably not recommend it, as the hard drive itself is quite loud. It has no fan, though, so you are not going to be bothered by that. But in use the drive itself is rather loud.

    I think this drive is a safe bet. It has 3 years of warranty from LaCie.

    I hope this was helpful.
  10. CorporateFelon macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Boston, MA
  11. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Rocstor. Not one of the better known names and a little bit more than them but much better quality.
  12. dmhawk, Feb 16, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012

    dmhawk macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    I bought one of these in Sept. 2010 and was very excited about it until it began giving me major trouble 6 months later. Anytime I would try to transfer a file of a few hundred MB or more, it would crash finder, then finder wouldn't work properly again until I did a hard restart of the computer. I tried wiping and reformatting the drive, testing different interfaces (1 USB and 2 FW800), and nothing helped. I've since replaced it with an OWC Mercury Elite AL-Pro. Pricey, but I'm sure it will last. Also, the enclosure is reusable.
  13. ET3SW macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Houston, TX
  14. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I've been using an Iomega eGo 1tb firewire 800 drive and have nothing but good things to say about it.
  15. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    Gotta second this, have been using lacie since my WD failed and it is working excellently.
  16. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
  17. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    Right now, i'm using a 1TB Seagate GoFlex with the FW800 adapter, i've had no issues with it.
  18. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
  19. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Yes I love it too. The non-standard USB connector once got me pissed though.
  20. I8P'CS Suspended

    Jul 29, 2010
    Go G-Drive firewire is very fast,compared to usb 2

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