Good HDD for firewire 400 enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Benjer, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Benjer macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2006
    I hope I'm not duplicating an earlier post; if I am, please point me to the right discussion.

    I am looking to build an external drive to store and edit home videos with my MacBook. Since I would like to use firewire (MacBooks only have firewire 400), which type of drive should I choose? To put it another way, I want to get a fast drive, but not so fast that I pay a premium just to have it "slowed down" by connecting it via firewire 400.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I am partial to Hitachi drives. They run rather cool and a pretty quite.

    If you are using an enclosure with internal SATA then this will work.

    However if using a PATA type enclosure then this one from Western Digital should do fine.

    These drives are fast and should max out firewire 400 well enough. Since you want to do video I consider 500GB to be a good starting point. If you will be doing a lot you might want to consider 750GB or 1TB. Assuming these videos are important, you might want to consider a second drive for backup or burn a lot of DVD's.

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