External Hardrive, for editing movies...


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 17, 2006
Hi guys
I am just planning to buy a external hardrive for editing, i currently using macbook pro, i just wondering what brand will be a good fit.. rougly i need at least 500GB...:)


macrumors 601
Mar 12, 2002
BrisVegas, Australia
Do you have a 15" MBP? If so, I'd say that just about any drive will do, since you'll only be using FW 400 anyway.

I've got a Maxtor External HD, had no problems with it so far. Then again, some people hate Maxtor. Just buy something that has a size you'll be happy with and that you don't mind paying for.


macrumors newbie
May 20, 2006
Maxtor - Sleep Issue?

I have the Maxtor OneTouch III - 600GB, and I love it EXCEPT FOR...

If I don't "do" anything on the Maxtor drive for a long period of time it seems to go to sleep or something. Basically what it does is locks up or something. The drive still appears on the desktop, but when I access it folders will be seemingly missing OR will disappear when I click on them. If I try to eject the drive I get the "cannot eject selected drive... currently in use..." message.

I CAN turn off the drive (which will gives me the "improper device removal" error). Then, I turn it back on, and things will work.

The reason this is an issue is that when I am importing video clips I like to walk away from the computer while this is going on. In fact, I like to import video clips at night when I'm going to sleep. Then, I don't have to watch the screen while it's importing. However, this "locking" issue causes a couple other problems which I won't type right now (I have to do a work around which is just simply inconvenient. It works, but is inconvenient).

NOTE: I've installed the Firewire update from Maxtor, but that didn't seem to do anything. Also, I've turned OFF the "put hard drive to sleep" option for when I am doing video stuff.

Other than this issue... the drive is actually a very nice drive!


macrumors 65816
Dec 7, 2005
compost heap
Umm... Maxtor drives have a very poor reputation... look over tech forums anywhere comparign HDD... I personally shy away from them. Best drives: Seagate. I've had a bunch, never had a problem. Of course, any drive from any company can be good/bad, but you are looking at statistics. From that point of view, Seagate seems to be the thing (plus they have 5 year warranties). I'm using two external 300GB Seagates for editing on FCP 4.5 right now, and they're great.
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