Best Firewire 800 External HDD?

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  1. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    I am looking to get an external Hard drive. Firewire 800 is a must, and preferably 1 TB. The only one I've found is the Western Digital one. Thoughts?
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Go take a look at the drives offered by OWC- there are plenty of 1Tb+ drives in RAID and non-RAID types and offering FW800. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/ I have a couple and they have been fine- and OWC has great customer support should you have a problem.

    Also, 1Gb+ externals with FW800 are available from LaCie, Iomega and others as well.
     
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    I prefer Lacie, but as the above posters mentioned, OWC is a great place to buy from.

    Personally, the next drive I'm going for (after I got a new 160$ 1 TB USB drive for network backups from newegg) is a Drobo.

    Check out the Drobo site, a co-worker just got one recently, and it's eons beyond the standard RAID setups and external drives.
     
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  6. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Does anyone have the Western Digital Studio Edition I/II http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?Cat=8?

    Both have Firewire 800, look the best (yes, we're all Mac users here so looks obviously mean something), but does anyone actually have it? Thoughts/opinions?
     
  7. saxondale. macrumors 6502

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    I have the Western Digital MyStudio II 1TB & I 500GB. Both connected via FW800. So i have my 1TB drive connected straight into my MBP and the 500GB connected to the 1TB via FW800.
    Both have been great, not great straight out of the box (500GB) but after updating the firmware, it's sorted out a lot of issues, if not all. The 1TB has a RAID 0 configuration, which drives all my music, photos and videos. My 500GB backs up my MBP and my 1TB drive. Both are automatically formatted to be Mac friendly out of the box.
     
  8. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    Just curious if you would consider eSATA? It works very nice and can give you some good options.
     
  9. saxondale. macrumors 6502

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    I would like to but i really don't know which is the best to get.
     
  10. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Caldigit Firewire VR

    Looks nice but over priced. All told, I paid close to $350 just for the enclosure so add the cost of drives as well.

    It's built really well though. http://www.CalDigit.com/FireWireVR.asp


    Given a choice, I would just get the WDC MyBook. Works great and just as fast.
     
  11. haze macrumors regular

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    I am using the Newertech Guardian Maximus from OWC. It is awesome. Two 1 TB drives in RAID 1, FW 800, 400, and USB 2.0.
     
  12. KJdanReuben macrumors regular

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    Another vote for a G-Tech G-Drive. I have a 500 gb connected via FW 800 and love it. It looks great, matches my MBP, and is super quiet! Feels very sturdy and solid as well.
     
  13. scottydawg macrumors 6502

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    I think the drive enclosure from FirmTek is terrific if you want to go with eSATA. I am using a SeriTek 2EN2 that is a really a nice set up. I have four drives that I swap in and out on it. You can get an eSATA card very cheap these days.
    Because it's so easy to swap drives I just switch out drives as I need. With this setup I have a backup drive of my Mac in a safe at work so if my house burns, the computer gets stolen or who knows what I can just copy it over.

    http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-2en2/
     
  14. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Stridder44 if your looking for ultra cheaps and you only need up to 1 TB and dont need RAID id suggest buying your own 1 TB SATA drive from Newegg like a Samsung Spinpoint (ultra quiet and cheap) and then buy an OWC FW800 external kit and put it together yourself.


    1 TB hard drive $135 + FW800 enclosure $90 = $225
    1 TB WD MyBook Studio Edition (w FW800) = $280
     
  15. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I actually have an old enclosure right now :D (it's PATA though). I have looked a little into doing what you suggest, but weighing my options first. One feature I REALLY like about the MyBook is it's fanless.
     
  16. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    the OWC enclosure is fanless as well, its just a little longer becuase of the SATA->USB/FW and power board on the end, compared to the WD which is wider.

    i dont think you can get 1 TB PATA drives AFAIK.
     

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