G-Tech, Fantom or OWC?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by buxtone17, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. buxtone17 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking at getting a pair of 500gb external hard drives to back up photos. I'm running a PowerBook G4 with a 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Old, I know, but I don't have the cash for a new one.

    Anyways, I've narrowed my search down to three HDs but I wanted to get some opinions before I buy:

    -G-Technology G-Drive Q

    -Fantom G-force Quad

    -OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    They're all good picks. My Fantom triple interface runs as well as the day I bought it and is fairly speedy and well-designed, to boot. Only problem with it is sound. Its fan (always on) is louder than my mac pro.
     
  3. buxtone17 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that.

    Any suggestions for other products would be much appreciated as well.
     
  4. GregE macrumors 6502

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  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I buy Fantom only, never a problem. Don't buy a drive with a fan...too noisy. Shop around for price. I just bought a 1 TB Fantom Green drive for $124 (eSATA & USB), $99 after rebate (buy.com...NewEgg has it for $129), so that price at Amazon for only 500 gb is WAY too high.
     
  6. buxtone17 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need to research RAID 1 more I suppose.

    I know all about disk failure, but if something else goes wrong with a RAID drive, would the disks be safe? Is it possible that a power issue on a RAID drive could knock out both disks?

    Either way, I think I feel more comfortable with separate disks in separate enclosures...
     
  7. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Also, I know from personal experience that most raid drives sound like jet engines due to fan noise. Again, buy a fanless aluminum enclosure drive like the fantom you referenced...just don't get scammed on the price.
     
  8. kellen macrumors 68020

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    I just got the owc dual drive enclosure. Fan is rather loud. Luckily they sent
    me the wrong one so I can exchange for free. Going to go with a single enclosure that doesn't have a fan. Way too loud!
     
  9. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    I second that, the OWC Mercury Elite-Al dual drive enclosures are way too noisy. Don't know why they don't use quieter fans. I have mine sitting behind my 24" iMac and the noise is still irritating.
     

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