Portable (bus powered) USB2/FW400 hard disk

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  1. RealEvil macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I would like to purchase a 160GB+ (ideally 250GB) external (small) hard disk which has USB2 and Firewire. Will a SR MBP power the drive through a firewire port? A lot of the devices mention USB power only.

    Any specific models to recomend?

    Thanks,

    Neil
     
  2. devman macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you can use bus powered drives - USB or Firewire.

    There many to choose from. LaCie and Maxtor I like and have experience with.
     
  3. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    Western digital makes a 2.5" usb bus powered 250gb hard drive.
     
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  6. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    iomega sells usb/fw bus powered small HD's. You only get one year of warrenty though.
     
  7. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    USB drives aren't bootable though, right? So if you want to make a bootable clone you'll want something with FW 400 at least.
     
  8. devman macrumors 65816

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    I think that's only true for PPC machine. Intel Macs can boot from USB.

    The migration assistant during an install though only offers firewire as an option (if that matters).
     
  9. drozdovsky macrumors newbie

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    But it's 3.5" HDD, not 2.5".
     

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