Best portable, firewire hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JSK1121, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. JSK1121 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Hey Everyone,

    I am in the market for a portable hard drive with firewire 400 connectivity. Any suggestions from my fellow esteemed posters?

  2. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
  3. JSK1121 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Anything a little more cost effective? I'm looking for a 250 gb hard drive, and that model runs at like 260$!
  4. Draddy macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2007
    It's really hard to find a cheap FW harddrive... I have yet to find one. they are all USB which I hate.

    I actually have a couple of these with 160GB drives in them and love them.

    just a thought.

    now wait... you say portable... we are all giving you bus powered harddrives (don't have to plug it into the wall) which are going to be WAY more expensive.

    You can get full size harddrives (like the WD mybook) real cheap that are "portable" but chained to a wall.
  5. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I've been searching for INEXPENSIVE Firewire drives, and came up with couple of options - mostly at

    I really like the LaCie Porsche designed portable drives but they have been discontinued. You can find them at though (80GB for $99):

    The Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus is larger, but a steal at 250GB for $109:

    I have also seen Iomega 120GB portable drives for around $120.

    There are lots of bargains out there if you look for them. helps alot once you know the brands and model names. had a great search engine where you can filter results buy interface, drive size, cost, etc.

    I ended up getting 3.5" Smartdisk Crossfire 250GB drives for $80 from, but those appear to be gone now.
  6. Starman27 macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Anyone know something like the My Book that is Firewire? I am looking for 500gb, and not too expensive, although I don't mind it being stuck on my desktop most of the time.
  7. JSK1121 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Lacie Little Disk?

    Anyone know where I can find Lacie Little Disk 250 gig with firewire for a reasonable price?

    Everywhere I look it's out of stock. This is the one I'll look so sexy with my Blackbook.
  8. Draddy macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2007
    but the cost per gigabyte of those drives are so high..... If you buy from the right place, you can get a bare 500gb drive for 75 dollars.

    You may want to just go USB if you want cheap.
  9. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    I love the look of the formac drives, but the capacity is too small, and the price too high. :(
  10. JSK1121 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Thanks for all the advice. I went with the LaCie Little Disk 250 GB USB 2.0. Firewire was not only out of stock, but a lot more expensive. Got 10$ off by using Google Checkout too. Total of 156$, not too shabby.

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