Most Capacious External Hard Disk for $325 (or less)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iMacZealot, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I really want at least 500 GB. The more space, the better, but the cheaper, the better, because I really need money for FCS2, too.

    Anything come to mind?
     
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  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i just picked up a 500gb Maxtor OneTouch III from OfficeMax for $120
     
  4. BilltheCat macrumors regular

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    can they lock together or stripe at all?
     
  5. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    Firewire800/400 Mercury Elite RAID. PM me for more details, I don't mean to hijack the thread.:)
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    ? Why would you want to? Do you have individual files larger than 500 Gb?

    Software RAID on 2 external USB drives? (the OneTouch III is available in Firewire versions, but at that price I am presuming USB.)

    Personally I think RAID 0 (striping) is risky, but especially when you add in the extra instability of 2 cables, 2 power supplies, and USB.

    Plus given the (lack of) sustained throughput, and CPU overhead of USB, contemplating 2 of them plus software RAID, I think you would get a net decrease in performance.

    If you are going to stripe, either make it 2 SATA drives, or an external Firewire box that does hardware RAID internally on 2 drives.
     
  9. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's great, but I read some reviews of Western Digital MyBook Pro's, and they were all pretty scary.

    Yeah, I saw that, but I don't want a lot of mess. Sorry.

    Care to post a link?

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    I'm really looking at LaCie BigDisk Extremes. They seem to be reliable, and people like them. They're also at an acceptable price. What are your thoughts on LaCie?
     
  10. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    As I posted in another thread a couple hours back, I just sealed the deal on a 500 GB Western Digital Pro w/ FW800 for $180 - $10 for google checkout = $170 final price (no tax, no shipping). The reviews on it over at newegg and buy.com looked good to me.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136047
     
  11. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Dear God those are terrible drives. Swear to God I've had 2 go out in the past week, a 250 gb and 320 gb. Google Maxtor OneTouch problems and you will find out how widespread its issues are...
     
  12. janey macrumors 603

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    are you begging for your data to get corrupted?

    if you're interested in a raid solution, you will want to invest in a good enclosure with a hardware raid which by itself might cost more than $300.
     

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