Looking for a small external drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wakerider017, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

    wakerider017

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    Looking for a small external drive that does not need to be plugged in.

    USB 2.0 probably (an extra firewire 400 port wouldn't hurt).

    Nothing too huge. Around 80GB would be fine.




    I have been to the genius bar before with the techs using hand-held firewire drives that did not require power... I want something like that. :)


    EDIT: ALMOST FORGOT.. I would like for it to be some what rugged so I can drag it to school in my pack.
     
  2. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    Have a look at this. They also have a 5400 RPM version for slightly less money. Good luck with your search.
     
  3. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Looks really nice, but doesn't that need a bulky power pack?
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Nope. I own this same enclosure. Works great over Firewire!
     
  5. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    • Bus Power via FireWire 800 supported on all models equipped with an available FireWire 800 port either factory stock or via add on FireWire 800 PCI Card
    • Bus Power via FireWire 400 on all models made in 2001 or later via Factory ports or any model with add on FireWire 400 PCI Card.
    • Bus Power via USB on all models with USB 2.0 port factory stock, or any system via add-on USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 PCI Card.
    • Use of included AC Adapter is optional, units are designed for Bus Power and do not require the use of external power source.
     
  6. wakerider017 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That is awesome!!

    Why would anyone want to plug in the power adapter when it is bus powered?



    Do you guys feel that enclosure is durable? Will it hold up to a college students backpack?
     
  7. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    It's thick plastic enclosure with metal heatsink on the bottom. I think it will hold up very well, provided you slide it into the sleeve it comes with, and nobody kicks your backpack around. :)
     
  8. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Its held up in my work bag where it just sits in the bottom and gets piled on by books and other gadgets.
     

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