Looking for 1TB External HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by chaseardoin7, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. chaseardoin7 macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
    i'm about to start ripping movies in HandBrake
    and i was wondering where you guys think
    i could find a semi-inexpensive 1TB external
    HD that I can store the files on and connect
    it via USB to my AirPort Extreme.

    Any response is much appreciated.

    chase :apple:
  2. Jeff Hall macrumors regular

    Jeff Hall

    Apr 10, 2006
    Well, I don't know if this will blow your budget, but consider the Guardian Maximus from OWC. It is a RAID1 device (mirrored drives) that will protect your media content.

    I don't ever want to have to rip my stuff again (I've got dozens of hours involved in that process).

    I went with the 1TB version, it was about $860 shipped. The internal drives are good quality (Hitachi 7k1000's). The enclosure has a 2yr warranty and provides 2 FW800, 1 FW400, and a USB port.

    If that's too pricey, consider a 500GB version. If you can't afford a RAID1, then I suggest you order a Hitachi 7k1000 or Western Digital 1TB drive from NewEgg and put it into a nice enclosure that has good cooling and a triple interface (FW800/400/USB2).
  3. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Easy. Go Amazon. My Book. You can get 1TB there for about 250 - 300 dollars.
  4. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    And it will sound like a vacuum cleaner when its running. I cannot stand even leaving mine plugged in anymore.
  5. andy.barron macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Bedford, England
    Buffalo are a great make & far cheaper than the array Jeff is suggesting. Check their site for products, I have the 1tb fw400, its a quiet as a mouse.

    Not sure if the My Book would be like a vacuum LOL!!!
  6. eg2007 macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2007
    I have a Lacie and a WD My Book. If you have a firewire 800 port, go with one that has that capability. Way faster. The Lacie is much quieter than the WD, so I use the WD as my backup of my Lacie.

    Just my 2 cents.
  7. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    I cannot encourage you enough to purchase multiple 500 GB drives and configure them in a raid array,

    How are you planning to back up a 1 TB drive?
  8. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    LOL.. my first one was like that, until WD released a firmware update to fix it. The new ones are much quieter. I believe they do not have fans also. I have a 500GB and it runs all day and its quiet as a mouse.
  9. kjr39 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2004

    Really? Mine are dead silent when they are running...
  10. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    I have a WD Mybook 1TB ... got it from Best Buy for $239 0n sale.

    I think mine is broken :rolleyes: .... I cannot hear it when it is running! :p:D
  11. jbellanca macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    I also got a 1TB Western Digital MyBook and it works great with my Airport Extreme Base Station streaming to the :apple:TV. Used froogle.com and pricewatch.com and got it for $205 shipped about a month ago.
  12. wanchaiman macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2008
    Buffalo is best:)

    Get the Buffalo *COMBO* firewire and USB drives.

    They are super quiet (no fan) and the drives spin down when not in use. They also auto-power off when the computer sleeps.

    They are made in Japan (whereas most of the others are made in China).
  13. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I got a triple interface RAID case from CoolDrives.com for $138 and added a 2 750GB 32MB Cache Seagate drives for $195 each. That's 1.5TB for $528.
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    If you all want to impress me, install those 1 tb drives on your Apple TV. :p
  15. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2005
  16. JimmyDreams macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    How quiet is your Guardian Maximus? I need to get something for backups (I like the mirrored RAID1 stack), and since I already have a brand new AEBS, I can spend some $$ one a nice external backup system and not $499 on a new Time Capsule (with no mirroring).

    Have you seen other solutions you would have gone with in hindsight?
  17. sWaltuo macrumors regular

    May 25, 2007
    I have two WD drives. A 500Gb and 1Tb. Both are the newer, essential edition and I don't have any complaint about them .. I got them both on black friday this year. The 500Gb was $99 at Best Buy (wish I had bought a few more) and the 1Tb was like $239 after rebates at Circuit City.
  18. minik macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    I just got myself a CalDigit 1.5TB Firewire VR. Sure it's overkill for something within the Apple TV section.

    I thought about getting WD My Book Studio, but read many negative feedbacks from users.
  19. Jeff Hall macrumors regular

    Jeff Hall

    Apr 10, 2006
    It is very quiet in my opinion. The Hitachi drives whine a bit like a jet engine when they spin up (5-platter drives), but then everything is fairly quiet. The Fan on the box is not loud at all.

    I too am going to purchase a 1TB Time Capsule, but non of my media will be on that (it's not mirrored!). Time Capsule will backup my MacBook Pro and my wife's Mini.

    I also use SuperDuper! for creating bootable backups on separate external firewire drives.
  20. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    Don't know if this will, help, but my co-worker was just telling me about this. Sounded very cool (especially the flexibility of the drive combinations).

  21. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    DROBO is cool, but it's VERY SLOW, with only USB2.0 speeds. You can go WAY faster with a FW800 listed above. I have a Guardian Maximus AND an ezRAID. One is for Time Machine, the other for my media, and both run on the FW800 bus.
  22. .mark. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2007
    Jersey, C.I.
    hopefully drobo will go with firewire soon and then it will be perfect. I love the expandability of it - just add new drives when you need to, or replace your smallest one. There is something very appealing about drobo - i urge anyone who doesn't know what it is to watch the video on drobo.com
  23. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Agreed! The lack of FW800 support was the reason I didn't go with it. But, if you don't need speed (like if you only do your backups when your computer is idle at night or if you're not modifying lots of files every day), then DROBO is probably the easiest to use and expand. Unfortunately, most people who would need something capable of as much storage space as the DROBO move lots of big files frequently and therefore wish for something that moves them faster than USB2.0. I read on another forum that even if they added a FW800 port it would still be just as slow. The slow-down is in the internal workings, not the media between Mac and DROBO.
  24. .mark. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2007
    Jersey, C.I.
    hopefully if that's the case then they'll work on optimising their algorithms/upgrade the hardware so it runs faster. I, like yourself, would buy one if it was faster. I'm sure they're more than aware of this potential market and they would be stupid not to try and reach it.
  25. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern California
    i just picked up a Mybook 750gb for 160 at best buy. It has FW400, USB2 and eSATA. I just use the USB2 as it is plenty fast for me. That is where my TV shows and movies are going to sit for now. I also use a 500gb mb for music and a 250gb my book for photos. I also have a 250gb wd drive in an external case for torrents and other misc junk. All have worked fine without issue. All are on USB2 and work just fine.

    I also backup as I go, so no need for redundant HDDs or raid arrays. Easy enough to reload what I want if I have a failure. Of course in 22 years of using computers, I have never had a HDD failure on one of my machines. (knock on wood cause Im sure its a matter of time)

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