Best external hard drive? (USB/Firewire)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RZetlin, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. RZetlin macrumors regular

    RZetlin

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    I am looking for a portable external hard drive that will work between my PC and Mac.

    I prefer a hard drive with a firewire and USB connection.
     
  2. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    if you're looking for ultra-portable I have used a SmartDisk FireLite (they come in varities of either USB 2.0 or firewire400 - not both through). this drive is powered through the USB or firewire wire.

    if you're looking for a standard external drive I recommend the Western Digital MyBook Premium Triple interface - i have a 500 gig one and it's worked great thus far, not to mention it has all 3 interfaces (USB 2.0, firewire 400 and 800).

    hope that helps.
     
  3. weckart macrumors 68040

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    The Applestores also have the Iomega portable which has FW400 and USB2 both bus-powered and also the LaCie rugged which has the same plus FW800, although I would not normally recommend LaCie external drives.
     
  4. iElin macrumors newbie

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    I have Formac disk mini oxygen 500GB and it works very well.
    Plus, it is a very nice design. It has FW and USB.
     
  5. GavinTing macrumors 6502

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    I'm using a 320GB Maxtor Basics Personal Storage, one of the older models.. Works fine.

    Just go to your local computer store and look at HDDs... I kinda like the Western Digital ones, they look great and stylish.
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

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    300 Gb Maxtor "one touch" Firewire does the job nicely .... :)
     
  7. mrchainsaw5757 macrumors regular

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    simple tech makes good portable hard drives. but if not portable then i always go western digital, i have 3 of them and havent had any problems. the my books are definatly the best though, and the most aesthetically appealing.
     
  8. GavinTing macrumors 6502

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    Kinda think these look pretty nice =D

    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=317
     
  9. illicium macrumors regular

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    Fw800

    is the tech term for FW 800 IEEE 1394b?
     
  10. BennyK macrumors 6502

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    I like firewire for video work, for straight storage, it doesnt really matter.
     
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Yes it is .. :)
     
  12. smurfy macrumors member

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    I'd recommend the Disk Maxi. Comes in black and white, USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and 800, its sooo tiny and is the sexiest drive I have found. Its simplicity makes you think it could be made by Apple.
     

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