External HDD

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  1. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

    Fonzijr1964

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    I have had my iMac for a few months and i need a good HDD to hook to my Airport Extreme to use with time machine and possibly to store files for my Vista partition. I was looking at the My Book Studio but i would like to hear your experiences and suggestions.

    thanks
     
  2. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a

    gixxerfool

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    I have been digging and digging for a good HDD for TM and everything I have found has been generally people love them or hate them. Thats all HDDs not just the WD My Book. Best Buy has these on sale this week I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get one. Only thing I can recommend is to stay away from Seagate drives these seem to have a higher reported failure rate then WD or maxtor, from what I can tell at least. Its still a moving part it's a gamble. Im sure that you will get a hundred different answers on this one. Good luck.
     
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i use the OWC mercury elite pro which will match your aluminium iMac. its been great for me and uses the Maxtor 6 L250R0 hard drive.

    its a 3.5" desktop hard drive so it has a power brick so if you want it to be BUS powered (no power brick) get a passport external drive i.e. 2.5" notebook hard drive. OWC has the On-The-Go 2.5" external drive, but its see-thru which i find to be so late 90s :D.

    also as its only going to be connected to your Airport Extreme just get Firewire 400 + USB to save the cost http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/400+USB2/. but if you want just a USB external go with that!
     
  4. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Fonzijr1964

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    yeah i have a passport but i put my own HDD in it (i just bought the shell) I think i should just get the My Book studio because it is silver like my imac and i can put it behind it or lay it down as apposed to the option the most recent poster gave.
     
  5. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, it's best to buy the external enclosure and drive separately. That's about the
    only way to be sure you're getting a high-performance drive -- and it's often less
    expensive than a "pre-assembled" external with an "economy" drive mechanism.

    With a separate external enclosure it's easy to upgrade or swap drives (without
    voiding the warranty) -- you also get the drive manufacturer's full warranty
    coverage (5 yrs for Seagate drives). ...just TRY to open a MyBook sometime!

    There are lots of good SATA-based enclosures (look for an Oxford OXUF924/934
    chipset). Here are my favorites -- good prices, handy slide-in trays, quiet (fanless),
    and simple assembly (four screws, no messing with internal cables/connectors):

    Icy Dock USB/FW800 enclosure @ $80

    Icy Dock USB/FW400 enclosure @ $45

    Icy Dock review & photos (USB/FW400 version)

    Some FAST drive mechanisms: (> 100 MByte/sec sustained R/W)

    500 GB: Seagate ST3500320AS, Samsung HD502IJ

    750 GB: Seagate ST3750330AS, Samsung HD753LJ

    1000GB: Seagate ST31000340AS or Samsung HD103UJ

    Any FW800 external will work on a FW400 port (with a cheap 6-pin to 9-pin
    firewire cable). So, more expensive "quad interface" drives have no advantage
    over simple USB/FW800 units. (The eSATA interface is useless with iMacs.)

    LK
     
  6. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    but i am going to plug it into a APX so it only can use usb so it will be slow anyway
     
  7. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Then consider this one. You won't find a better price on a top-quality, SATA-based
    USB enclosure -- and the eSATA interface is essentially free. (It might even have
    some 'future-proofing' value for PCs.)

    Icy Dock USB/eSATA enclosure @ $30

    LK
     
  8. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Fonzijr1964

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    i just want to buy it and have it work i dont want to take anything apart again and it wii not match
     

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