External drive - FW800 or 400?

torpy

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 28, 2007
122
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Sydney + Los Angeles
I'm looking to buy an external drive for my MacBook Pro. Currently on the list is the Western Digital MyBook series (mainly because they have a 100-240v compatibility - I travel a lot). Anywho, I'll mainly be using the drive for backups and archival of media, documents, etc. It's not planned as an always-on, always-used drive, that's what my internal 160-gigger is for.

Is firewire 800 really worth the approx $30 upgrade from a MyBook Premium to a Pro?

Premium - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136030
Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136047
 

janitorC7

macrumors 6502a
Feb 10, 2006
635
16
California
I'm looking to buy an external drive for my MacBook Pro. Currently on the list is the Western Digital MyBook series (mainly because they have a 100-240v compatibility - I travel a lot). Anywho, I'll mainly be using the drive for backups and archival of media, documents, etc. It's not planned as an always-on, always-used drive, that's what my internal 160-gigger is for.

Is firewire 800 really worth the approx $30 upgrade from a MyBook Premium to a Pro?

Premium - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136030
Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136047
yes, the speed bump is substantial
 
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cohibadad

macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2007
894
5
I'm looking to buy an external drive for my MacBook Pro. Currently on the list is the Western Digital MyBook series (mainly because they have a 100-240v compatibility - I travel a lot). Anywho, I'll mainly be using the drive for backups and archival of media, documents, etc. It's not planned as an always-on, always-used drive, that's what my internal 160-gigger is for.

Is firewire 800 really worth the approx $30 upgrade from a MyBook Premium to a Pro?

Premium - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136030
Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136047
FW800 is screaming fast and well worth $30 more IMO! You can also use a 800/400 cable to plug it into FW400 ports to make it more easily interchangeable with other computers.
 
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