External storage solution?

donjao

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I've just returned my WD My Passport Studio 320 GB (WD3200MT) as it was freezing my mac. Well, according to applestore user reviews - it's a common issue. But now, I do not want to use any of those WDs anymore.

Can you advise a good external storage solution? I don't really care about the size and form factor. I need a drive that works and works fast. FW800 is must. eSATA II is a huge plus.

Thanks in advance.
 

donjao

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Hellhammer

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Yeah, OWC is cool but quite problematic for EU residents. Although, I made business with them couple of times. This is gonna be my 4th attempt to find a working drive, I had enough of headache already, that is why I'm not considering OWC.

But thanks for a tip!
Ahh, I understand. Well, I have 3 LaCies and haven't had any issues so I can gladly recommend them. Another option is that you buy an enclosure and build your own.
 

mangrove

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I have been looking at one of those orange LaCies (maybe 500GB-so I never need another one) for my MBA.

Guess they work just fine. That's good to know. My Apple store even sells them now, but when I'm ready I'll probably get it on the internet.
 

donjao

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Thanks guys.

I hear more and more good feedback for LaCie. I'll definitely look into them.

As Hellhammer suggested, getting an enclosure was my 2nd concern.

But thanks for the drive suggestion. I've checked reviews on applestore and they are also quite positive. So, I guess next brand is LaCie *fingers crossed*.

So, thanks everyone! Have a pleasant time!
 

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I have been looking at one of those orange LaCies (maybe 500GB-so I never need another one) for my MBA.

Guess they work just fine. That's good to know. My Apple store even sells them now, but when I'm ready I'll probably get it on the internet.
I have the Rugged one as well 500gb and it works prefectly even though I am using Itunes and aperture of it
 

donjao

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Btw, are LaCie 3.5" external drives disassemblable? As I might wanna keep the enclosure and replace the drive unit later.
 

donjao

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I don't quite understand. Looking at this drive: http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=11471

But it says that the "burst" write speed is only 40 MB/s. How can that be if it has eSATA and 1 GBit LAN ports? eSATA suppose to allow you to write at 100+ MB/s! Am I missing something?

And, it does not say, If I can attach that drive to router directly and then access it wirelessly.
 

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I don't quite understand. Looking at this drive: http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=11471

But it says that the "burst" write speed is only 40 MB/s. How can that be if it has eSATA and 1 GBit LAN ports? eSATA suppose to allow you to write at 100+ MB/s! Am I missing something?

And, it does not say, If I can attach that drive to router directly and then access it wirelessly.
It's NAS meaning that it would be used wirelessly, thus the slow speed. If you use eSATA, then you should be able to achieve greater speeds. See the manuals for instructions how to set it up
 

donjao

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Ok, another question. What speeds will I achieve, If I plug this drive directly to a PC/Laptop's 1 GB Ethernet controller? Will I get the same low speeds as stated in specification doc, or direct wiring will speed up to proper 1 GB/s speed?
 

Hellhammer

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Ok, another question. What speeds will I achieve, If I plug this drive directly to a PC/Laptop's 1 GB Ethernet controller? Will I get the same low speeds as stated in specification doc, or direct wiring will speed up to proper 1 GB/s speed?
You should be able to achieve greater speeds if you use a proper cable. However, I would call LaCie and check these things. They can help you a lot more than we can
 

RedReplicant

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Ok, another question. What speeds will I achieve, If I plug this drive directly to a PC/Laptop's 1 GB Ethernet controller? Will I get the same low speeds as stated in specification doc, or direct wiring will speed up to proper 1 GB/s speed?
You're not going to get full 1000mbit (120MB/s) speed out of any NAS you buy on a budget. You also can't directly connect it the way you think you can.
 

donjao

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You're not going to get full 1000mbit (120MB/s) speed out of any NAS you buy on a budget. You also can't directly connect it the way you think you can.
Ok. Thanks for info. Understood!

Hellhammer, yeah, got my question answered by now. Thanks for help anyway!
 

donjao

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Ok. Thanks for info. Understood!

Hellhammer, yeah, got my question answered by now. Thanks for help anyway!
Ok, got ultra fast response from LaCie guys, and they told me that none of eSATA or Ethernet socket can used to plug in the drive directly to a computer. LAN is for NAS, and eSATA is to connect other LaCie drives to create arrays.

Doh!

But, now I know that I'm not going for this one!
 

Hellhammer

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Ok, got ultra fast response from LaCie guys, and they told me that none of eSATA or Ethernet socket can used to plug in the drive directly to a computer. LAN is for NAS, and eSATA is to connect other LaCie drives to create arrays.

Doh!

But, now I know that I'm not going for this one!
Good that you called them. LaCie Quadra is good, I have two 1TBs. It's expensive but nice design plus great outputs
 

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