BIGGEST, Fastest Firewire Hard Drive for the Macintosh?!

Shrek

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I just found what might possibly be the BIGGEST, fastest firewire hard drive for the Macintosh. Click here to see it! It's interesting that it says it's for Mac only. Does that mean it will work better on a Mac?

Does anyone here know anything more about this drive? Does anyone here have this drive or has ever used it? So far I've only found this drive at MacMall but haven't seen it anywhere else. Are there any other vendors out there selling it for a lower price?

Are there any firewire hard drives of the same (200GB, 7200RPM) or better specs for a better value out there? If so, can you post a link to it here? No NAS drives, please. :p
 

gopher

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There are Ultrawide SCSI drives that have 10000 RPM that are faster. And if I'm not mistaken they can be quite formidable as a chain in a RAID configuration. Now with the 64 bit PCI slots, a SCSI card might be able to pump more juice quicker.
 
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Shrek

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Originally posted by gopher
There are Ultrawide SCSI drives that have 10000 RPM that are faster. And if I'm not mistaken they can be quite formidable as a chain in a RAID configuration. Now with the 64 bit PCI slots, a SCSI card might be able to pump more juice quicker.
Yes, but are there any SCSI external firewire drives?

Originally posted by AmbitiousLemon
the drive is a western digital caviar drive named Drivezilla.
Hmmm. Not a firewire hard drive.
 
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Shrek

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Originally posted by DavPeanut
Why in the name of Hampter Huey and the Gooey Kablooie do you need a 200 Gb harddrive
Gotta have some GBs for the future, I say! Plus I can use some of it to backup my internal HD. ;)
 
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arn

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Originally posted by Shrek


Yes, but are there any SCSI external firewire drives?



Hmmm. Not a firewire hard drive.
I think part of the confusion is the differences between firewire/scsi/ide. I personally haven't delved into them... but generally you can guy two types of drives:

SCSI
IDE

You can use IDE drives in Firewire enclosures (or buy your own enclosure) and volia... a Firewire drive.

You can also get adapters for SCSI drives (example)... and voila - you've turned your SCSI into a firewire drive.

What these conversions do to the top speed/performance is a whole different question... and there isn't an easy answer. depends on the interface, and drive.

arn
 
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AmbitiousLemon

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Originally posted by Shrek


I don't get it. :confused:
a firewire drive is just a enclosure with a normal desktop 3.5" hard drive inside.

so when you found a 200GB drive my first thought was who the hell makes a 200GB drive? biggest i ahd heard of was 120 by WD at 7200rpm with 8mb cache or a 160GB maxtor at 5400 rpm. so i went and check and apparently WD just started shipping 200GB caviar drives in limited numbers for about $400.

so apparently these people bought some of WD's drive threw it in a white firewire enclosure and is selling them to mac users since pc users cant use the 200GB drive until ms releases its next service pack for xp.
 
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AmbitiousLemon

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Originally posted by Shrek
So if "a firewire drive is just an enclosure with normal desktop 3.5" hard drive inside" then where I get an enclosure for a drive?
most any retail store. look for firewire enclosure kits. they cost about 100 to 150 US$
 
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G5orbust

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Comp USa's got its own generic brand for 69 bucks US and it sells a pyro drive enclosure that can handle IDE optical drives and Hard drives aswell for 99 bucks US.
 
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Bear

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Originally posted by DavPeanut
Why in the name of Hampter Huey and the Gooey Kablooie do you need a 200 Gb harddrive
Do you have any idea how fast disk space gets chewed up when you have a 6.1 megapixel camera?
 
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Rajj

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Originally posted by DavPeanut
Why in the name of Hampter Huey and the Gooey Kablooie do you need a 200 Gb harddrive
Ummm... let's see...
Downloading movies or
making your own movies (pornos)
a stockpile of mp3's
need I say more?????:D
 
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King Cobra

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>Downloading movies or
making your own movies (pornos)
a stockpile of mp3's
need I say more?????:D

You must have some life.


Dealtime has a few comparison prices, if you want to have a look. Three point five enclosures start at about $70.
 
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rugby

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Whatever enclosure you get for your 200gb drive, make sure it supports ATA-6 specs so you can see all 200gb of the drive. Buying a 200gb drive and only seeing 128gb of it would really suck.
 
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