Recommendations for Portable FireWire External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kelmon, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

    Kelmon

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    One thing that has become very apparent to me is that RAW files take up a lot of space on a hard drive and that the 160GB drive in my MacBook Pro doesn't go as far as I'd hope. I'm therefore looking for an external drive to locate my Aperture library but don't see much in the way of options and hope that fellow readers can suggest suitable solutions. What I'm looking for is the following:

    • Portable Drive
    • FireWire Interface
    • Bus Powered

    I can see that Iomega makes drives up to 160GB in capacity that satisfies these requirements but others that I have looked at from the likes of Seagate and Western Digital all seem to be USB 2.0, which is a nice option but not one that I will use on a day-to-day basis when connected to my laptop.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    G-technology makes littel portable, bus powered externals. We have 4 100GB models with NO issues so far. They're pricey, but the most reliable drives we've used so far.
     
  3. devman macrumors 65816

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  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    G-Tech

    I second the G-Tech drives. I've never had a worry with mine and that's from years of very steady use and constantly carrying it around in a backpack.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  7. talentedmrxo macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook Pro and have my Aperture library located
    in my G-Tech G-DRIVE 500GB FW/800 Hard Drive.
    for @ home/in office work.
    If I need to take some photo's with me for work on the road/on the plane.
    I just throw the ones I need onto my LaCie 120GB Rugged FW/800 Hard Drive.
     
  8. maninthemoon macrumors newbie

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