External Harddrive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by CV4, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. CV4 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes, I know I could search for other threads on this basic subject, but I would like my specific questions answered. Anyway,

    I am picking up one of the new MBPs in a week or so. I need an external harddrive to go with it.

    I am looking at 320-500 GB, and a $150 to $220ish price range.

    I need to be able to make 2 partitions, a small one to back up the MBP and a big one for various multimedia (music, movies, documents, etc.). The ability to use it on both Mac OS X and Windows XP would be a plus (can they all do this?).

    Right now, I am thinking I will either get:

    1. LaCie F.A. Porsche Design 320 GB


    2. Seagate Free Agent Pro 320 GB


    3. Seagate Free Agent Desktop 320 GB

    Which of these do you recommend? I personally don't want to go with a My Book from WD because I have heard a lot of bad things about them.

    Also, can any of these be run through a firewire 800 connection?

    Is it worth the extra money to get one of the Seagates? And on top of that, is it worth the $20 to get the Pro edition as opposed to the Desktop edition?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada

    None of the three drives you listed have Firewire 400, let alone FW800?

    You can do the partitioning from your Mac however you like. Choosing "MS-DOS" gives you a FAT32 partition which will be both WIN and OSX usable.

    My bias is to get a good external case, like a MacAlly PHR-100xx aluminium case, (there are a number of choices) and put in it the IDE drive of your choosing. That way, you get the full drive warranty (typically 3 years, or 5 for Seagate) rather than 1 year on the LaCie.

    PM me for more specifics

  3. CV4 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Ya, I wasn't sure about the firewire part. For some reason, I thought the Seagates were firewire compatible and that it just wasn't said.

    Thanks for the help though.

    Also, any suggestions on where to get one of those cases but in Canada? Probably NCIX is the best bet?

    Looked over NCIX, I am considering going with this setup now:

  4. CV4 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    any opinions on the HD + Case combo I posted above?
  5. Tacos! macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2007
    I heard the LaCie drives are great. My friend has one and he has never had any problems with it.
  6. pavloskgr macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
  7. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I checked www.dealnews.com daily until I found a decent price on an IDE HD (ended up with a 200GB Seagate from Circuit City for $50 after rebate) and paired it with a Macally PHR-100AC from Newegg. The power cable isn't very secure and my Macbook shuts off instantly when I try to use Firewire. :(

    I wish I bought a 2.5" external that draws its power from USB. Then again, I hate extraneous cordage.
  8. CV4 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't want to boot windows from the external.

    I just wanted to make sure I could use the contents of the external on both windows and mac.

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