can someone plz reccomend me a reliable firewire 800 (w/usb ports) external harddrive

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  1. aoaaron macrumors 6502

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    topic says it all really.

    i need maximum space and i want to have it on 24/7 really.

    every ext hd i look at has really bad reviews.

    also if an enclosure + harddrive is better than an ext harddrive, can someone plz reccomend me an enclosure?
     
  2. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    I have one of these, with a 500GB 7,200 Seagate installed, very professional unit, built to last, runs cool and is quiet. Bus powered too. A little exxpensive, but well worth it in my opinion.
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    When you have a drive that has both firewire and usb, you can only use one interface at a time.
     
  4. aoaaron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    any UK links or other drives?

    cant find that drive in the UK :'(
     
  5. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    Check out Verbatim. Either the SureFire or the Store 'n' go. My Surefire uses a WD drive inside. Has been on pretty much 24/7 for the past year and a half and not a problem.
     
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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The ones I posted go up to 750GB or 3TB.
     
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    After going through several Western Digital Mybooks giving me various headaches I upped the ante and have bought this ... it has Firewire 800 / USB 2.0 / eSata. I have the 2TB variant.

    Been running it on FW800 from day one, it is used as an external boot drive for my iMac.

    http://g-technology.com/products/g-drive.cfm

    [​IMG]
     
  9. SilverOnemi, Apr 14, 2011
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    G tech drives go very well with mac products, if performance is your thing then you should try this :

    http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive.cfm

    if you want something portable for you to carry along i'd get the g-drive mini.

    they're available for purchase from apple's website, but you can probably get them from some place else, i believe the drives inside these casings are hitachi, you might want to confirm this tho.

    i currently own a g-drive mini for around a month, and it hasn't given me any trouble, however i must say it does get warm during heavy use, but i suspect it'd be the same if the drive was inside my mbp, the aluminum casing seems identical to the mbp and i suppose it helps dissipate the heat.
     
  10. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    Well I showed you the small personal ones. They do have the bigger desktop ones that do go up to 1TB.
     
  11. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    OWC all the way. The option of getting FW800, and USB AND eSATA is actually a very useful feature, especially if you work with Windows PCs
     
  12. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I am in the Uk and bought the OWC elite al pro enclosure and other goodies from the US. Shipping costs a bit and you pay the customs once it arrives but it arrived quickly and without hassles. Alternatively take a look at the hitachi g-drive mini with fw800. You can get it via amazon.co.uk
     
  13. aoaaron, Apr 15, 2011
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    aoaaron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks man. problems with me buying from the US is if i need to get warantee/repairs. i imagine it would be a nightmare.

    alsio guys sry not to mention this but i dont want it to be powered externally cos i'll be moving around a lot.

    so g-drive vs. hitachi vs. verbatim atm.
     
  14. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    I'm surprised no one has recommended Lacie. Their reputation far exceeds most other manufacturers and their quality / longevity is top notch. I have had a Lacie Big Disk Extreme raid 0 FW 800 for 4 years now that still performs just as good as day one.

    Raid 0 on FW 800 is a real screamer compared to USB 2.0

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/range.htm?id=10033
     
  15. Macmel macrumors 6502

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    I am surprised too. I have a relatively old Lacie (3 years old, 500 Gb FW800, USB 2.0) that works perfectly. I would get another one if I needed it with no coubt. I also have an iomega, 5 years old, and it works also perfectly, although it is only USB if I remember properly.
     
  16. Locodice macrumors regular

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    My Passport has never failed me. Also matches the macbook pro in looks.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Berknip macrumors member

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    I have one OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro, one OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini, 5 OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pros (2 were just enclosures that I added drives I already had), and one Guardian Maximus.

    They are all rock solid.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have the OEM version (unbranded) of the G-tech drive and I have the OWC Mercury drive (the clear plastic one); both I've owned for 4-5 years and they still work very well. I've replaced the drives in them scores of times with no issues.
     

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