Firewire 800 or wait for thunderbolt hard drive?

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  1. tmanto02 macrumors 65816

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    I just bought the new mac mini to run as a media centre in my living room, its great! But currently I am using a samsung 2TB USB 2.0 external to store all my movies and tv shows. It gets rather slow when transferring 1080p files.

    Should I go out and spend $200 on a Seagate firewire 800 drive or wait to see what Thunderbolt brings us in the near future? (If any peripherals ever eventuate!)

    What do you guys think?

    As always :):):):):):):):):):):):)
     
  2. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    If you're connecting a single hard drive, the the speed of the Thunderbolt port won't make a difference. FireWire 800 is enough for a single HD to stream 1080p video.

    If you're using a multiple drive array, then TB could prove to be much faster.
     
  3. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    You might as well get the firewire unless you've got money to burn to get the initial thunderbolt drives.
     
  4. Papanate macrumors regular

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    Are you in a mission critical situation or jus bored and want to change?

    If pro and your data is critical stay with proven tech - if you just want a change go right ahead and wait. Thunderbird looks to be breathtakingly cool ....and very very expensive at the get go!<g>


    BTW if you have a Costco near you they are offering a WD 3 TB external FireWire/USB Drive for $120!!!!
     
  5. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    $120 is AMAZING! I live in Australia though, Costco has recently started opening stores here but I doubt they will have the same deal!

    Much appreciated input however!
     
  6. vnle macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same dilemma except I also need a very fast portable drive. Will there be any thunderbolt portable drive soon?
     
  7. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    Realistically, probably not. For a portable hard drive to take advantage of the speeds, it's going to have to be a SSD and I don't think prices have dropped down enough to make it profitable.
     
  8. vnle macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! Looks like I'll have to go the firewire route for a portable drive. :eek:
     
  9. bruleke macrumors 6502

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    I am doing the same search: want a firewire 800 hard drive!
    Thinking about get a My Book Studio 2TB!

    I hate USB 2.0 for backing up data because its too slow!
     
  10. jmacnash macrumors newbie

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    I have one of these for use with a MBP.

    http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-mini.cfm

    I have found it to work very well. The additional USB port has actually come in handy as well but I occasionally wish for a FW400 when I discover I dont have the correct cable with me!
     
  11. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    I say just go for the FW800; it's plenty fast.
    I get the feeling TB drives won't be cheap when they come out
     
  12. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    LaCie makes a good FW800 one if you don't want to put one together yourself.
     
  13. vnle macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the suggestions! I'm actually leaning towards the WD passports because it seems to be less bulky then either of the 2 drives above. Although sadly, the only firewire one is only 500 gb. Not nearly enough for what I'm using it for. :mad: So maybe I will just put one together after all.
     
  14. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

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    I've been thinking about this 2TB iOmega drive. for hosting my movie collection. It's FW800, has good reviews and the price is right.
     
  15. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    OWC makes portable drives larger than 500 GB.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go
     
  16. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

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    Thunderbolt is going to be while still and if you need the drive now and want to save money then get the 800
     
  17. vnle macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! I just got myself the 1tb. :D

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    This would have been nice but I needed something portable. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)
     

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