Firewire 800 External Hard Drive recomendations for recording

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by ReverendCharm, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. ReverendCharm macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I posted a week or so ago about a bad experience I had with a firewire 800 external drive. Anyway, Im sending it back and getting a refund but I wanted to confer with you guys about a good, but cheaper (under $100 please) firewire 800 drive thats good for recording to. This will be my recording HD. Can anyone recommend some for me? and shooting a link to a place that sells it would be appreciated! ..and the more recommendations the better
     
  2. Loops macrumors member

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    You can buy an enclosure and put whatever hard drive you want in it. A good enclosure should be able to keep the hard disk cool.

    I can't suggest specific enclosures, but I do know that the Western Digital Caviar Black is a hard disk with a good reputation.
     
  3. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    Go to macsales.com. Check out their external drives.
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I also recommend OWC. I have 4 extgernal for my three Macs and one is 5 years old and still going strong. Plus the company includes cables for every port that is on the external.
     
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  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I use these too. I had one fail but it was replaced.

    Then buy a Seagate drive. These have a 5 year warranty. For a disk drive 5 years is as good as "lifetime" Other brands are only 3 year. Check before you buy as there are odd exceptions,

    You will need to buy four. One for data, one for a time machine backup and on for a rotating "ping pong" remote backup. What I do is buy a new drive about every year and retire the oldest drive. I always buy the largest size available so that after 4 or so years it is a usable size. You really have to get into a rotation and retirement plan in order to keep the data and the backup copies reliable
     
  7. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a

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    We use Glyph drives at the (university) recording studio where I work, and they've been fantastic. They're the hot-swappable models (these drives), but I've heard good things about all of their products. You'll find lots of specific models if you poke around Sweetwater's site.
     

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