Reccomends - external Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bluetooth, May 4, 2007.

  1. bluetooth macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
    Shopping around for an external har drive. I am looking for something in the area of 100GB - 160GB. Mainly for backup and transport.

    I have read a lot of bad reviews regarding Lacie so I am starting to shy away from that brand.

    I have read some good reviews on the SmartDisk FireLite 100GB Portable FW400 Hard Drive. The only negative comments I have read are that it is relatively fragile due to its small size.

    Any experiences or reccomends out there?
  2. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    I have three FirelLite drives (USBFLB80) and I've been banding them together (not while running!) in my backpack for about a year. No problems at all. The discs inside are Toshiba and (I think) Hitachi. I'd buy this brand again. Yes.
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I am really a fan of the Western Digital MyBook Pro. It's a really nice drive. Gives you USB2.0 and firewire 400/800. THe 1TB version that I have can get a little loud but the 160G-500G versions don't have any fans. I used to have a few Lacie, but after the controller boards went out Lacie refused to do anything about it, even though I still had 4 months of warranty left. To me that was unacceptable.
  4. O. Frabjous-Dey macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2006
    The My Book series is excellent.

    The Pro line is the same as the standard one, but you're paying more for the disk utilities that come with it -- I think there's some backup and configuration stuff. It isn't really necessary if you know how to format drives and back up by yourself.
  5. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    you can always build your own. I have a 320gb external running on firewire. It is a seagate w/ 16mb cache and all, 3.5" in a vantech (nexstar 2 firewire/usb) enclosure. Cheaper than the pre-built boxes.:) Fast and cheap.
    Just a thought.
  6. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    I have a 500GB WD and it works well so far. Just two months old. :D Firewire 800 is MUCH faster than USB (especially on Macs!). It's about $230 at right now. :p
  7. cybermar macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2008
    Smart disk FireLite

    I would not recommend the Smartdisk Firelite external hard drive. I'm in the process of trying to get files of mine. I've been told that it's fired, but I'm not giving up, however, I won't buy another one. I have an IMAC (1 year old) at home, the drive was working on friday, however, I brought the drive to work on Monday to transfer files, and the drive would not mount, brought it back home, and it would not mount at home either. I lost a few freelance jobs that I backed-up on it, and a ton of home photos and misc personal stuff.
  8. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    I have 2 WD MyBook Studio Drives that I'm very pleased with. You can get a 500GB drive in the $135-160 range or a 750GB for $160-190 range and they are formatted for the Mac and come with USB/FW400/FW800/ESata Options.

    WD made a 320GB version of the MyBook Studio but I have not seen them in stores in a while.
  9. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    Well, I have three and have never had a problem with them while using my Mac. I have an older Alienware that must not deliver enough energy through USB because it powers on and of and on and off enough to make it sound like it is crashing. But formatted for Mac it works with out issues. Strange.

    I will say that I have had two WD drives die on me in just a few months. One completely died (HD is DEAD) and the other (that I mentioned in one of the posts above) had the Firewire controller die. The USB works but the Firewire died. WD drives are a POS! :mad:
  10. realhunter36 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    used one??

    isnt it matter buyiing used external hard drive ??
  11. thespyglass macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2008
    Liverpool UK
    Thanks for the recommendations.

    I'm looking at a couple of models on the MyBook website and I'm a little confused. Is an Ethernet connection better/the same than/as Firewire? They seem to be about the same in price but the World edition only has Ethernet whereas the Studio version uses Firewire/USB/eSATA... :confused:

    I'm leaning towards the Ethernet edition simply because the Firewire one comes pre-formatted for Mac but I'd like to use this thing with a PC as well.

    Thanks, guys.
  12. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    I wouldn't worry about that. A Mac can reformat the drive in seconds.
  13. gorebeast macrumors newbie


    Jul 11, 2008
    USA - NJ
    i didn't want to deal with an external power source

    i also wanted to have some mobile storage.

    i opted for WD My Passport 320GB

    i have a 240GB partition for my time machine backup
    and an 80GB Fat32 partition to store / transfer files from mac/win
  14. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Does the eHd have to be in a mac format? can i use it with both mac and pc at the same time?
    without deleting the content everytime. thanks
  15. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Good choice. I have a WD 2T disk, 500 and 2 passports. Very happy with them all.
    I talked to the guy at my camera rental house and he told me they have the most trouble with LaCie and Maxtor disks
  16. unitethenations macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    You say you're looking at 100-160. I'd get one at least twice the size of my hd if I were you. Secondly, I bought a WD 1TB for $180.
  17. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
    I have a Simpletech portable drive that works really well. They're small and look nice and are cheaper than brands like WD, definitely worth looking into.

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