Firewire External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pjcurtin08, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. pjcurtin08 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    Hello Everyone,
    I have a new iMac, and I would like to buy an external hard drive with firewire capability. I will mainly be using it as a scratch disk for movies from Final Cut Pro and for general video and music storage. Right now I have a usb external hd, but it is just too SLOW. I will probably need 160gb+ space. I am only looking to spend under $250.

  2. petemwah macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    for that money you can get a lovely drive! i have 4 d2 drives myself and find them absolutely fantastic!

    Lacie d2 Quadra (lacie website)

    see link here
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    The 500GB OWC Drive with Firewire 800 which is the 2nd fastest connection for any external hard drive you can get, and still a reasonable price, looks great for you. Its also 7200 RPM with is the fastest you'll get a 500GB drive.



    Good reputation OWC has as well
  4. pjcurtin08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    I have heard some mixed reviews about Lacie's. How long have you had yours?
  5. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    made for what you want to do. comes with 3 Gbit eSATA, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB2.0 ports

    $279 for the 1TB but you could probably get a better price from a reseller if you look round .

    EDIT**also, a slightly better price wise for you after re reading your post also perfect for what you want and comes with FireWire 400, FireWire800, USB 2.0 and eSATA so if you was unlucky and one port breaks down in a few years you have back up options!

    500Gb for $189 and a 750Gb for $219

    Also this is a link for the entire product line , I'm sure there will be something for you

    ^good solid & sexy, nuff said.

    Nope , that would be eSata
    * USB 1.1 – 15 Mbps
    * FireWire (1394a) – 400 Mbps
    * USB 2.0 – 480 Mbps
    * FireWire 800 (1394b) – 800 Mpbs
    * SATA 1.5 – 1.5 Gbps
    * SATA 3.0 – 3.0 Gbps
  6. petemwah macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    my oldest D2 is 5 years old (120GB i think) and it's running absolutely fine, one of the two firewire ports broke loose but it works absolutely fine, my other ones are all solid and reliable (120GB, 250GB & 500GB) are all ship-shape too, one of them i even dropped from about 3ft onto stone and it still works fine (i know the drive is prob less reliable now, i don't keep irreplaceable data on it, just films).
  7. Kyan macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2004
    Firewire Ex drive

    Went from Lacie to OWC Mercury Elite Pro and have been extremely pleased. OWC is quiet, fast and reliable.
  8. 321estrellas macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2007
    Another vote for OWC Mercury Elite-Al Pro. Had mine for about a year and it's still reliable and super quiet. My only issue with it is that it's bigger and heavier than my other enclosure (but that's the only external HD I have to compare it with).
  9. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Never listen to reviewers when it comes to hard drives, it's almost like a Mac vs PC thing.

    I've had five LaCiE drives for about four years now and NONE of them have failed. I have had a Maxtor fail, and I have had drives fail in computers that weren't mine, but none of my LaCiE drives have ever failed.

    Personally, all that matters is the drives that's inside of the case.

    As the poster above said, if money is no object then go for the G-Techs. If it is then the Mercury Elite's. If you want something that's kind of in the middle and is name brand then LaCiE.

    Seriously speaking, anything works.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    LaCie used Maxtor drives for years. They probably still do, even though Maxtor was acquired by Seagate.
  11. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
  12. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    They did, and they used and still use Hitachi's, Western Digital's, and Seagate's drives as well.

    It does suck that you had to play roulette with your drive purchases.
  13. pjcurtin08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2008
    I am debating between LaCie D2 and G-Tech, but am still open other suggestions :)
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Another alternative (if you like something compact and portable) is the OWC Mercury On-The-Go, which is bus powered (no need for a power adapter) and go up to 500GB at 5400rpm and up to 320GB at 7200rpm with a 16MB cache, double the cache of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Classic, at about one-fourth the size.


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