LaCie d2 500GB Quadra or LaCie 500 GB USB 2.0?

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  1. thriii macrumors 6502

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    LaCie 500 GB USB 2.0?
    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Externa...6CBA4/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b/103-7367105-7245431

    LaCie d2 500GB Quadra
    http://amazon.com/dp/B000NAFEX0/ref...&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=288448601&pf_rd_i=507846

    is the speed goin to be that much of a difference? I noticed the USB 2.0 is 8MB Cache while the d2 is 16MB cache..is this anythin to consider? I'm using the drives to for storage backup

    I'm now leaning towards the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB :) I also have some Diamondmax 10 200GB HDs but 1 of them has windows XP on it.. could they still be used as an external? and what is a cheap enclosure i can get to work with the diamondmax 10?
     
  2. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    Firewire is a much better choice.
    I wouldn't personally buy anything from LaCie given their track record though.
     
  3. Siemova macrumors member

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    I bought the Quadra recently and am happy with it. Currently using FW400 since that's all my iMac G5 can support, and it's perfectly fast and stable this way, but I'm sure FW800 on a newer computer would outstrip it handily.

    My only quibble is that drive access can be a little noisy sometimes, but I usually tune it out so that's no deal breaker for me.

    EDIT: I see that the first reviewer on Amazon says he had a similar noise problem but sent it in and got it fixed. May have to try that myself! Good thing you posted this. ^_^
     
  4. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    from what i seen it gets better reviews than most drives.. what do u think about Lacies? and what would u suggest for a 500GB External?
     
  5. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, Lacie has a bad rep as of late (search the forum). Better off with a Western Digital 500GB Firewire 800 (if your system supports it)... or the 400.

    I have this:

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=242&language=en
     
  6. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    I have the LaCie D2 500GB and i love it. best External HD i have ever had. Always go with FireWire. :):):)
     
  7. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm now leaning towards the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB :) I also have some Diamondmax 10 200GB HDs but 1 of them has windows XP on it.. could they still be used as an external? and what is a cheap enclosure i can get to work with the diamondmax 10?
     
  8. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

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  9. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    I've had good experience with enclosures from Mapower. You might also want to check out IcyBox.

    Just don't trust any drive older than 3 years with any important data.
     
  10. PDE macrumors 68020

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    I bought the lacie quadra and it was CRAZILY noisy. I loved the design and sturdiness, but it just was too noisy to use on my desk. I put it in a closet and it was too noisy even when I closed the door.I returned it and got a seagate freeagent pro and it's completely silent, fast and nicely designed. Almost cool-looking actually. And 5 years warranty!
     
  11. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    which 1 would i pick for the diamondmax 10? its my first external and i dont wanna pick the wrong 1..but im just usin the enclosure to get old files off of the old drive
     

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