External Hard Drive with Firewire

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by heisenberg123, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I am having a heck of a time finding a external hard drive with firewire interface, I mean I found a few online but anywhere I've gone instore only have usb 2.0 and 3.0, is firewire no longer used for external hard drives?

    anyone use a external with firewire and can recommend one in 1TB that would be appreciated
  2. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    I use a Lacie drive and it has been great. It comes with FW 800, 400 and USB. I use the FW800.
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Anything from major vendors i.e. lacie or western digital, OWC will work all right. Most will be expensive because they probably use some derivative of the standard oxford chipset. Anything else is garbage.
  4. heisenberg123 thread starter macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    thanks for the feedback i guess i was more interested in why the majority don't have both, my 2 year old 500GB WD MYBOOK had firewire but not too may of the WD Playbooks have it now, its kinda funny it came with firewire when i used a dell laptop and never really knew what firewire is, now that I'm aware of firewire its only 1 out of every 10 I've found online and not really any in any shops I've been too.

    am i over rating firewire? will 2.0 usb do just fine for backup either with time machine or CCC?
  5. Warbitrary macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    Montréal, Canada
    My Dad has an OWC Mercury Elite Pro. Works well but it's noticeably noisy.

    I have Western Digital MyBook Studio, which is very quiet. I love it.
  6. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    the wire
    Same here.
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Apple stores have plenty of Firewire external HDs. Of course, they add their little apple store premium to the price.

    Most other retailers only carry a very small selection of Firewire external HDDs in store. Most new products support USB 3.0, which is vastly superior (5x faster I think). Adding firewire support would just increase the price on those devices. It's just us stupid apple users that are stuck with USB 2.0 and firewire, in the absence of affordable thunderbolt storage.
  8. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
  9. macfan74318 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2011
    The Segate GoFlex for Mac is a okay drive, it is fast but I am having issues with it mounting.
  10. bvanlieu macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2008
    I like OWC's enclosures. Bit more expensive but to me worth it. You can go bare bones and use your own drive or get a kit. They often have open box specials too if you are patient. I run a single Elite on my imac and a dual HD unit with soft RAID for my HTPC mini.

    USB only drives account for probably > 90% of drives sold. Higher end WD/Seagate ones will have multiple interfaces such as the triple or quad interface 'pro' type drives (USB, FW's, eSata).

    If you want the best pricing, go to newegg, and use their search filter to find FW only drives. Note: HD pricing is on the rise so now's the time...

    - b
  11. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    I've heard a lot of good things about LaCie. I'm thinking about getting their d2 Quadra USB 3.0 for Christmas. It has 1, 2, and 3 TB options. All are 7200 RPM. It has plenty of interfaces, which is a huge plus. Quality is great too. You can check it out:


    I've also bought from OWC. Their stuff is good, too.

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