Storing Media and Time Machine

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mmzplanet, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. mmzplanet macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2004
    In anticipation of Leopard, I got an external My Book HDD with Firewire for use with Time Machine. The capacity is the same as my internal on my iMac. (320GB). I was also looking to move my iTunes and iPhoto storage to an external drive as well. I was thinking to get 2 more My Book drives (500GB ea) and set them up in as a mirrored RAID volume in Disk Utility. That should get it all covered and everything will be backed up.

    My question is... is the three of these daisy-chained together with FW400 going to serve me well? Anything I should do differently?

    Is Firewire better than USB for an external HDD?
  2. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    Yes, it's faster.
  3. vtecyo macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    New Zealand
    iMac only comes with 1 Firewire400, and 1 Firewire800. if you were going to have 3 of them, where you gonna plug the 3rd one into?the usb port? if you really need 3 external hdd, i wouldnt recommend you get 3. you could always find a enclosure that can 2-4 HDDs, which also supports RAID and has FireWire.
  4. dabirdwell macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    MyBooks Can Be Daisy-Chained

    My MyBook Pro has multiple firewire ports that allow it to be daisy-chained with more external disks. The pro has two FW 800s, one FW400 and one USB.

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