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  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    The spec's look great and the price seems good. I've bought from NewEgg before so thumbs up there. I'm partial to Seagate drives and their five year warranty. I had two Maxtor drives bite it only months after the warranty expired, but I have not had a WD drive in a long time. :)
     
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    I bought the same model. I really didn't like it because it was really noisy and bright glowing light on it :( . So I got rid of it and bought a Lacie 500 NAS drive. Very quite and the small blue light didn't bother me to much :D just my 2 cents
     
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    I too like the Lacie Drives. I only had good luck with them so far.
    Otherwise, take a look at the OWC drives.
     
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    A lot of people recommend WD, i however used both WD and LaCie and i think LaCie makes better externals and i really recommend them.
     
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    Hmmm.. Thanks for the input.

    Not really looking for a NAS though.

    Was it just the noise and light that bothered you? Did it function well?
     
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    i have the WD pro and I can say that I absolutely love it-its small, works great and was a fantastic price for what i got-i strongly recomend it-it is a great drive-i do not personally find it to be very loud but then again noise doesnt really matter to me
     
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    Build your own.

    May I suggest: Enclosure. Yes I know it's a dual enclosure but you can add a HD later and not have to pay for another.

    Hard Drive(s): Link 1 Link 2. Or something along these lines. I've had great luck with Maxtor internal HD's.

    I know what your probably thinking. What's the point. Well buying these hard drives gives you a 5 year warranty. While the already built externals usually only offer a 1 year warranty. To me this is well work paying a little extra...

    Just something for you to consider. Also you can find great deals on HD on the net sometimes such as: Link

    Nuc

    Edit: I will be buying this enclosure for my B-day and then find a good deal on a HD when I see one.
     
  10. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    As long as you stay away from Lacie, its all good. WD external drives are extremely reliable.

    I bought myself a Lacie drive thinking it be good ... man oh man was I wrong. It sounds like a damn jet engine and its only a 500gb drive. I just wonder what would of happened if I got the 2 TB
     
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    That looks really nice.

    I think I will just go with the ready made Lacie though. The lacie has eSATA which is nice.
     
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    Hmm thats weird. Everyone I know has been saying the opposite.

    Did you know Lacie uses WD drives inside?

    Another plus for Lacie of the WD Pro is that the Lacie uses an AL case while WD uses plastic.
     
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    What's the point in having a eSATA. Your iMac can never use it. Only a MBP (using PCI card) or Mac Pro can use it. The only thing you could use is FW400 on the iMac. You could probably find a cheaper Lacie without all the extra ports for cheaper.

    Nuc
     
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    I bought a Lacie. diskutility identified it as a seagate
     
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    Incorrect, The 24" iMac has Firewire 800. I will be using Firewire 800 in my application. The point of the external drive is to be able to share media between computers easily.

    For instance, my friend's PC has SATA and I can easily hook the drive up with eSATA and transfer over 100GB's of files in no time at all. (Of course I will need to use the application MacDrive to be able to read the HFS formated drive)

    With technology changing everyday it is not a bad idea to get something "a bit ahead of its time." You never know, tomorrows iMacs may have eSATA, but even if they don't it will be nice to use with my other PC's. :)
     
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    Interesting, Looks like they use more than 1 brand. Guess I will have to wait and see what I get.


    I would be happy with Seagate or WD.
     
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    yeah it function well, I just had it in a room with my PB. The sound was noisy like a small desk fan that was 10years old and the light just keep flashing when my PB was sleeping. So I went with a different brand
     
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    weird my WD purred pretty much couldnt hear it at all.

    The lacie sounds louder then my iMac G5 lol
     
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    I guess the cold weather up there helps. :D
     
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    I am not too worried about noise. I will be keeping the external drive on the bottom shelf of my desk.

    Always listening to iTunes anyway...


    Plus, the computer before my switch to mac was a gamer and had 8 fans. Sounded like a jet engine. :eek:
     
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    Thanks for the correction. I didn't know that the 24" iMac came with FW 800. Yes I wish apple would include eSATA on their computers. Maybe they will in the future.

    Nuc
     
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    @=Nuc

    Isn't that minimac? Watch out for the frikken sharks with the laser beams

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    Yup, I was real excited when I found my 24" iMac had Firewire 800. Now I can finally utilize it. :)
     
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    Doing a bit more research it looks like it is just a single drive in there...

    The dimensions are "1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 in. / 44 x 160 x 173 mm" and there is no way to fit 2 drives in that case plus the other stuff that has to go inside.


    The review I was reading must be wrong. The reviewer was probably referring to the Lacie Big Disk which is of course 2 drives. Its dimensions are "1.7x10.6x6.8 in"

    That really makes me mad when someone reviews the wrong product and leaves it a negative.
     

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