Best Enormous External Hard Drive Solution

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jwiener, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. jwiener macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006
    Hey Guys,
    I'm looking for a huge, fast external backup solution. This is partly in anticipation for leopard and partly because I have lots of data (video, audio and graphics work) that I want to keep but don't necessarily need on my laptop all the time. I'm wondering what people think about various backup solutions.
    My ideas are:

    1) 2 500gb drives inside a firewire 800 raid enclosure (anyone have any experience with brands??)
    2) 1 or 2 simple external 500gm drives (are there any reliable firewire 800 options here?)
    3) wait for the 1tb drives to come out and put one of them in an enclosure

    I'm sure there are more, but what do you all think. I want something reliable and fast. every time I think I've found something good, I find reviews that call reliability into question. Thanks so much guys.

  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    The Iomega UltraMax 1TB is highly recommended if you can stash it somewhere to avoid being disturbed by the fans.

    Built like a tank with two 500GB drives inside that can be configured for a blazing 1TB with Raid 0 or as an ultra-secure 500GB Raid 1 array.

    Beware of anything by Lacie.
  3. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    4) build an external network attached storage box. using gigabit ethernet you will get faster than FW400 transfer speeds. you could also (i think) build the box and use an eSATA connection + an eSATA card/adapter in your mac for even faster transfer speeds.

    i built a NAS with 1.2TB (4 x 500GB drives) of redundant RAID 5 storage with gigabit ethernet connectivity for under $1000. had i gone to lower end parts i could have built it even cheaper.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I was going to get a lacie external.

    should I not get it now?
  5. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    Lacie = rebranded Maxtor.
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    I have just one piece of advice:

    Stay away from Lacie;)

    They make good products, but their after sales service sucks, IMO at least.
  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    = Drive failure waiting to happen
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I seem to recall someone posted on this forum that Ethernet is a bad way to connect a hard drive due to packet collisions or something along those lines. USB and FireWire have built in controllers to prevent collisions (whoever posted it can give a better explanation!).
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Also, backup all your most important data to DVD's aswell as your hard drive. Hard drive failures are not that uncommon, so having a hard copy is worthwhile too.
  10. maxp1 macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2005
    How about a NAS? We have the Infrant one and so far the experience has been pretty good. It's built for this kind of thing. And it's RAID5. You could put 4 750MB drives and get a bit more than 2TB of storage.

    They've got a support forum that's pretty active. I'm sure you could get any questions answered there.
  11. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
    OWC has some really good enclosures [I have not used their RAID enclosures, just single drive units]

    This one looks good for a two drive config
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    Mac Mall

    MacMall has a 1Terabyte (two dual 500gig SATA Drives) Fanthom Drive with Firewire 400/800 and USB 2 Interfaces on sale for $299 after an $80 rebate.

    Pretty damn good price -- can't build my own for that.

    Not sure of warranty.

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