WD MyBook vs Seagate FreeAgent - which is better? which to get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by charlestrippy, May 16, 2007.

  1. charlestrippy macrumors 6502

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    So i'm in the market for a new external hd to backup my files (obviously) and two specific drives came to my attention.

    The Western Digital MyBook 500gb Triple Interface (usb,fw400,fw800)
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    Seagate FreeAgent 500gb, esata, fw400
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    Which should I get? I have a MBP that has FW800 it'd be nice to utilize it, but i'm not sure...what's your call?

    I don't need it to boot off of - just need it for backing up every once-in-awhile and taking a file off here and there...nothing to make it run constantly..

    I've read many reviews but I wanted the opinions of MR regulars because, hell - you guys have never steered me wrong :)
     
  2. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    In many cases you won't be able to realize the complete speed benefits of FW800, so I wouldn't worry too much about that regardless. As for the models, I have heard good things about the WD and it has a competitive price point. The Seagate is a solid drive though as well - I recommend Seagate drives in general most times. Also, I'm not sure about this specific model, but most Seagate drives have a 5-year warranty, which is very good.

    I guess that probably doesn't help you much, but it's at least another opinion and some things to consider.... ;)
     
  3. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    shard,
    so i really wouldn't be able to tell much of a different between fw400 and fw800? like with drag-dropping huge unedited video files (15gb-20gb)? i thought there would be like a "twice as fast" type deal between the two firewires....damn

    yeah that seagate does have a 5 year warranty vs 3 yrs on the mybook...
     
  4. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

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    I went with the seagate, but built my own. I looked at the WD, but I wanted something a little smaller. So from OWC got the mini stack.
     
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I'm not an expert on the matter so you may want to do some Googling or other searches here on MacRumors yourself, but my understanding is that FW800's max speeds are never usually attained (or at least sustained) due to limitations with bus speeds, logic boards, interfaces, etc. I could be incorrect though...

    Regardless, yes, FW800 would still be significantly faster than FW400, especially for the larger files you are using.
     
  6. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    I've been shopping for an external drive and ordered the My Book Pro that you listed above... it's the least expensive option I've seen for a 500GB drive that includes FW800.

    If you order from Buy.com, there's a coupon you can use right now to get $10 off of a $150 or more order. ( listed on this page: http://dealnews.com/coupons/ )

    I chose the free shipping option, which is the slowest... so I won't be getting the drive until next week. If you haven't purchased anything by then, I'll let you know how I like mine.

    EDIT: also, I forgot to mention that I think those Seagate FreeAgent drives are just about the ugliest design I've ever seen ;)
     
  7. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    I own the MyBookPro 1TB, if there was another alternative I would not get the MyBook. Read the WD forums and see all the customer complaints: http://websupport.wdc.com/forum/
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Interesting feedback, thanks for providing that.
     
  9. nep61 macrumors 6502

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    I'm new here, but thought I'd throw my 2 cents in... if cost is an issue you'll buy what you can afford, no doubt... but for my money and my profession (FCP & Avid Editor) the G-Raid2 500GB triple interface drive can't be beat...

    Granted it's 2x the price but, I worked on a Project where the Client bought nearly 40 of those drives, yes 40... for a 6 month project with 6 FCP Edit rooms running 18 hrs a day, the drives were shuffled from room to room every day...NOT 1 G-Raid2 drive failed in 6 months of HEAVY use...

    Those drives totally out preformed the Three 500GB LaCie triple interface drives the client had (brand new too) 2 of which, failed. We lost footage & time re-digitizing with the LaCie drives...

    I can't speak for the WD or Seagate Drives... but I thought I'd toss another option your way...
     
  10. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nep - yeah if i did have the money that would be the thing to get since i'm using fcp.

    but college sucks the money dry - so far i've heard bad about wd....but not much about the freeagent....haven't heard many bad things either guys?
     
  11. moonzilla macrumors regular

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    i have a 500gb mybook with firewire400 and usb 2.0. i didnt get the version with firewire 800, since i was hooking it up to my airport extreme, and didnt feel like it was a worth the extra investment. pcworld recently did a review on external hard drives, so you might want to check that out. from personal experience, id have to say that writing to the mybook is pretty slow (reading is fine). i cant say ive personally compared it to the seagate, but i cant imagine itd be any slower. ill look for that article and link it here if i find it.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,123728;page,1/article.html
     
  12. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    while these big drives keep getting cheaper and cheaper, firewire technology never does. i saw a 400GB mybook USB2 only drive for only a hundred bucks yesterday. The 160GB version with firewire and usb cost ten dollars MORE.
     
  13. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    And I think the black and gold is awesome- I went to University of Missouri for college though- so unless you like the Steelers, Tigers, or Bruins the color may turn you off a bit.
     

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  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    To each their own, but for me, I could care less what its appearance might be as long as it does what I want it to do and it is reliable, cost effective, etc. etc. Give me a great external drive and I don't care if you make it a neon pink & brown colored brick! ;) :D
     
  15. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha
    yeah - i think i may go for the freeagent because i haven't heard many bad things about it compared to mybook - plus it has the 5 year warranty...
    it may be the best choice....

    i guess i should say byebye to the fw800 :(
     
  16. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    couldn't care less, sorry Shard, pet peeve of mine.


    the Free Agents are rather new, which is why there is rather little information out there on them, good or bad. but in general i like seagate drives and trust 'em. but yeah the color and design leaves a bit to be desired.
     
  17. TomGolden macrumors member

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    I have the WD MyBook 350 GB with fw800. I don't use it every day - only had it for ~2 months, but so far I like it. I have it split into two partitions: 100GB which is a direct backup of my MBP via SuperDuper, and the remainder is just additional storage space.
     
  18. nep61 macrumors 6502

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    That IS my pet peeve as well...

    Sorry, with my earlier comment about the G-Raid2... I wasn't considering the "College / Limited Funds" aspect of the original question... Been out of College a LOT of years now, and I simply forgot how money can be pretty tight during that part of one's life...:eek:
     
  19. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Actually I am usually aware of that one as well, being the grammar Nazi that I am - must not have caught myself this time. Thanks! ;)
     
  20. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    I'd also suggest against the MyBook, it has this odd feature that puts it to sleep/standby mode that you can't turn off. Kind of an inconvenience for me, granted it only takes a couple of seconds for it to wake up, but it would have been nice to be able to turn this feature off.
     
  21. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Weird, I wonder why they would do that? :confused:
     
  22. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Probably just to save energy- how long does it take until it goes into standby mode?
     
  23. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    I just ordered the MyBook Pro 500 gb a few nights ago from Newegg because it's $194 shipped, which is a great deal IMO. If it doesn't work well, I'll probably take it to the Bay.

    Although, all the reviews I've read, like PC Mag and MacWorld rate it as an Editor's Choice with 4-4.5/5 stars...nearly every review I've seen has it at least 4 stars out of 5 (hence why I took the gamble on it).
     
  24. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, makes sense - could definitely get annoying though! ;)
     
  25. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    i have the WD drive and other than my ipod and my mac pro, it is one of the best pieces of technology i have ever bought-fast, stylish, efficient and most of all-not expensive at all
     

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