Best Portable Harddrive with Firewire

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jonesjb, May 8, 2010.

  1. jonesjb macrumors member

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    I'm looking for a hard drive with firewire, from a reputable brand. The only harddrive that I've come across is the Western Digital Studio:

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=783

    My concern is the smart display and the WD SmartWare bloatware. I will be removing this, will this mean the screen won't work? Can someone recommend a suitable alternative?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    "I'm looking for a hard drive with firewire, from a reputable brand."

    Well, the BEST portable hard drive will be one that you build yourself using an external enclosure and a bare drive.

    In most cases all it will take is a screwdriver and a few minutes' time.

    Consider:
    If you buy a "pre-assembled" drive (like most folks), you cannot open the drive without voiding the warranty. But if the drive enclosure goes bad on you -- preventing access to the core drive itself -- the only way to fix it (under warranty) is to send the whole thing back, with files that you can't "get to". You _might_ get your files back intact. Or....?

    Build it yourself, and if the enclosure or core drive fails, just swap it out for a good component and send the bad part back (if it's still under warranty).

    In addition, "rolling your own" drive will give you a sense of "control" over it, because you saw what's inside and will have a level of confidence and knowledge regarding drives that most users simply don't possess.

    I'd recommend one of the higher-end enclosures from Other World Computing that have USB2, firewire 400, firewire 800. Great connection flexibility.
     
  3. jbrettz macrumors member

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    St Louis
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    Go to Other World Computing, they have the best service and all of their drives have the option of firewire. I have their Newertech mini stack and the Mercury on the Go drives. A great place that focus's on mac's.
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

    Brett
     

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