WD vs OWC Mercury HD for Time Machine

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eawmp1, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. eawmp1 macrumors 601

    eawmp1

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    For a Time Machine backup, I am contemplating either (via FW 800):

    1) a 2 TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 'Quad Interface' FireWire 800/400 + USB2 2.0 + eSATA, or
    2) a 2 TB Western Digital WDH2Q20000N 2TB My Book Studio Edition II Hard Drive with Quad Interface (FW400/FW800, USB 2.0 & eSATA

    Other than a huge difference in price - I was wondering about your experiences with regard to reliability, speed, other storage solutions. Or, as I have a bay open, should I just pop in a 2 TB WD Caviar Green? Thanks for the input!

    OBTW - for my really sensitive stuff - photos/files/music - I DO have a 500 GB portable drive that periodically gets updated and stored in the bank lockbox offsite.
     
  2. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    I like OWC's stuff better, better FW controller and doesn't limit what kind of drives you can use.
     
  3. eawmp1 thread starter macrumors 601

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    So, do you recommend using their cases and putting any third party drives, or their single drive solutions are reliable?
     
  4. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    I think the drive will go out before the controller does. :D

    Probably do RAID 1 with additional media backup?
     
  5. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    It's usually cheaper to just buy OWCs premade enclosure unless you can find a drive and enclosure for cheaper these days. I haven't checked recently.

    Not interested in the RAID for $294? Same price as the WD on Amazon. What were you looking at?
     
  6. eawmp1 thread starter macrumors 601

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    But at that price at RAID 1 (for which in the small print they recommend the NewerTech enclosure) you only get 1 TB of actual space.
     
  7. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Well then it depends how much your data is worth..;)
     
  8. eawmp1 thread starter macrumors 601

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    My data is, to me, invaluable. However, I've always questioned the necessity of an ON SITE backup which is itself again RAID 1 mirrored. The chances of my internal hard drives failing at the same time my external time machine hard drive failing are astronomically low. However, the chance of a fire or act of god wiping out both at my house ... not so low. Therefore, as with copies of irreplaceable paper documents, I have a 500 GB portable hard drive I periodically back up the really important stuff OFF SITE in a bank lock box.
     

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