WD My Book Studio 500 gig drive good for time machine

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  1. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    So I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136182&Tpk=WDH1Q5000N because I want to take an external drive to school with me in September so that I can use it for time machine backups (I'm currently not using anything for time machine, but since I have an iMac at home, as well as my macbook pro, that means I've already got a local backup of my data).

    I know that a lot of people suggest buying an external enclosure and then buying an internal drive separately, but for $110 this seems like a really good deal.
     
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  3. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    my internal drive is 320, and i gave a little over 80 gigs to a Windows partition. That leaves the mac partition at slightly under 220. I was afraid a 320 time machine drive could be a bit small, so I'm gonna go with a 500.

    That means it'll be large enough that I can partition some of it (if needed) for extra storage for either the mac or windows partition. And it would be pretty fast for that, too (firewire 800 to a 7200rpm drive).

    How do you think the price of this compares to an internal drive + enclosure though?
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I looked at that and unless you're putting your current boot drive (the one in your computer) inside an enclosure, it is a lot cheaper do just buy a ready-made external.
     
  5. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright. Thanks for the advice guys. I'll probably place an order on it tonight.
     
  6. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Since your getting a laptop why dont you get the portable 500gb version? they could be had for ~110
     
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    Yes but I was talking about the portable version.
     
  9. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh, thanks for the advice.

    Well, I looked at the My Passport Studio, and it's certainly nice that it's bus-powered by firewire, so i wouldn't need an AC adapter.

    However, the AC adapter wouldn't be that big a deal for me. The drive would stay in my dorm/apartment – I wouldn't use it to store data that I need to bring with me.

    The passport is also a 5400 rpm drive, whereas the my book is a 7200 rpm. Since I'm using it for time machine (and since my internal drive is only 5400 rpm anyway), it's really not that big a deal, but I'm just pointing it out..

    The main factor looks like the price though. I haven't checked ebay (i don't know if western digital would honor the warranty if i bought it off ebay), but all the other locations on the web look like the passport is more expensive (above $130).

    Where did you see it for 110?
     
  10. veeco3110 macrumors 6502

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    well my iMac is a 320 gig. i have a 500 gig time capsule. my time capsule now has like 4 gig left in space. i wish i went with the TB but im just gonna pick up another drive. id be careful after a few months of use.
     
  11. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Best Buy has them on sale pretty much every week for this price.
     
  12. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

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    HateHerEyes is selling the a brand new 500GB usb passport drive for $75 shipped over at maclister.com. If you're looking to save money that might be a better option.
     
  13. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it would have to be one of the ones with firewire 800.

    BTW, would read/write to an external drive running at 7200 rpm over firewire 800 be faster than read/write to my internal 5400 rpm drive?

    And if I do purchase the drive from ebay or some other "unauthorized dealer," will Western Digital still honor the warranty (i mean, i wouldn't TELL them I got it from an unauthorized dealer... i'd just say it was a gift or something)
     
  14. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

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    yes it will be faster through firewire 800 than the internal drive. I have a firewire 800 drive that runs my parallels image and it flies off of the external.

    also, warranty will be just fine.
     
  15. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So i actually never made the purchase.

    I realized that since I'm not leaving so school until late August, there's really no reason for me to buy a hard drive now unless an AMAZING deal pops up.

    I've also been thinking about something else.
    I find that many more drives have eSATA ports than firewire 800 ports. If I could pick up a cheap eSATA card, it might actually pay to buy an ESATA/USB 2 harddrive.
     

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