Build or Buy External Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MM07, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I have been pondering both options. Enclosures are not that expensive. I have been searching around at BB, CC, OWC, and

    I have been looking at WD My Book External drives. I know for a fact I want to use firewire. This drive will be for Time Machine.

    Your thoughts and suggestions?

  2. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I have built 3 externals and also own 2 OWC drives 1 maxtoe and 2 old WD drives and a WD MY Book drive all firewire.USB2 except for 2 of the home made. The My Bok is the best IMO. I got it at costco for a song.
  3. tivoli2 macrumors regular


    May 29, 2007
    My own little world...
    I've built a FW400 external drive with an Acomdata enclosure and a 320 GB Western Digital (3200JB - outdated now, but still running fine) and it took me about 15 minutes, and saved me a few dollars as well. Now you can build yourself a 750 GB drive for about the same price that I built this one for.

    Go for it and build yourself one. It's kind of fun.
  4. MM07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I decided to get the WD 320 GB My Book Home Edition. I went with this one because the size is good for what I need and it has firewire 400.

    It was only $110 through I got two of them, one for my MacBook and one for my wife's iMac.

    Thanks for your input!

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