Looking to buy an external HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nigameash, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. nigameash macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a portable external HD with the following specs.
    1) USB 2.0
    2) Firewire 800
    3) 7200 RPM
    4) Bus powered

    A bonus feature would be hardware encryption.

    I found the lacie rugged edition as a possible candidate that fits the criteria but I find it too big to carry around all the time. I also found a few at owc but was wondering if any of the other brands have something that fits my selection.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. treestar macrumors 6502

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    There are really so many that meet criteria 1-4. I personally love G-Technology, for you the G-DRIVE mini. Good prices at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/.

    The LaCie Rugged Safe has 128-bit hardware encryption, USB 2.0, FW800, and bus power. I didn't see any specs about drive speed.
     
  4. buxtone17 macrumors regular

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    +1 for OWC enclosures.

    After a horrific experience with LaCie enclosures and their joke of a customer service department, I did a ton of research and ended up switching to OWC. I have four Mercury series drives and the only problem I've had in four years is that the on/off switch didn't work on one of them upon shipment. After a five minute call with customer service, the drive went back to OWC and I had a new one within a few days.

    It should be noted that OWC typically only builds the enclosures. They manufacture SSDs, but they don't do HDDs. The drive that GGJstudios posted uses either a Hitachi TravelStar or a Seagate Momentus HDD.
     
  5. Techcomm macrumors newbie

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    I agree that the G-Technology G-DRIVE mini is really nice. I've had many portable drives but that one has such a high level of build quality. Very solid and never any problems for me.
     
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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  8. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    ^ alright, I'm just going with the cheaper one then.
     
  9. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

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    well the Al. one also has esata...

    at that price point, i might consider it since it's already pretty $$$ for a case.

    obv. if you NEVER will use it, than who cares.
     
  10. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    ^ Ah I missed that. Ah well, I don't think I've ever used ESATA. I'm not even sure how I would with my MacBook Pro or Mac Mini. I've seen ESATA to USB adapters so maybe with that I guess?
     

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