What external HD to buy - Iomega or Western Digital?

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  1. KekelaNikol macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a Macbook but want to get an external HD to keep all of my music and movies on, plus would like the ability to backup to it. I've noticed that I can buy a 120GB Western Digital for only $20 less than I can get a 320GB Iomega. Is there a difference between these 2 brands? Does anyone have any experience with either of these - is one better than the other? Also, let me know if there is anything I should look for when buying one of these to make it work best with my mac (ie. does it matter if it connects through USB or firewire?, etc). Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Cindynjgirl79 macrumors 6502a

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    i haven't tried either one. i got my MB back in dec and just used my maxtor 100 GB ex-HD that i had used with my pc. yeah had to reformat it but no big deal. just my 2 cents.
     
  3. i.Feature macrumors 6502

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    I got a 500gb WD mybook for $119 last month at Bestbuy while in ny state. I've had no complaints. Excellent value.
     
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    i have actually used both and i must say there is really no difference. They both did great jobs. But, recently i have purchased a 120gb Lacie Rugged External Drive for classes (I'm a college media production student). The Lacie does not need to be plugged in to an outlet, so if you're on the go, it is excellent. But as far as the Iomega and WD go, i think you'll be fine with either one. Just dont drop it!
     
  6. jng macrumors 65816

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    WD.

    Iomega? The former zip disk company? Nah. They're sinking.
     
  7. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    If you're going for the WD external drive, my only suggestion is to check out their warranty policy: http://support.wdc.com/warranty/policy.asp#policy

    Make sure the model you're getting has a 3-year warranty (some of them only have a 1-year warranty). Else, it would be in your best interests to pick up a HDD and enclosure separately, giving you up to 5 years of warranty (Seagate), depending on brand.
     
  8. macpluslaptop macrumors 6502

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    Sadly, I just bought a 120g WD portable harddrive for a working trip out of town and it failed - first time anything like that has happened to me. I handled it carefully (even put it in a hard case for protection). Possible lemon alert.

    (To be fair, WD is a brand I'd heard many good things about, which is why I picked it in the first place.)
     
  9. KekelaNikol thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your input - it is greatly appreciated! From everyone's advice and more extensive research, I am definitely not going with the Iomega, and now I'm looking at WD and LaCie. I still have no idea which one to get...if only I was good at making decisions
     
  10. daisu macrumors member

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    Not to hijack the thread or anything but anyone have any suggestions on an enclosure to convert a WD hard drive to an external drive?
     
  11. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    2.5" or 3.5"? And what interfaces are you planning to use it with (USB/FW400/FW800/eSATA)?
     
  12. jacquiep macrumors newbie

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    If you haven't purchased it yet, you should really just get an internal hard drive and buy a case. The warranty is going to be a lot longer than for an external and you will save a bundle of money. To give an example, you could probably make a 400gb external with firewire for $120ish on newegg.
     
  13. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    I have been using Western Digital external harddrives for quite a while, and I can certainly vouch for them. I have never had one fail on me, and their performace has been good. Just to let you know, the harddrives I used were on PCs, but I dont believe that they will be any different on Macs.

    If you are going to purchase an internal HDD and an enclosure, I would personally recommend getting a Segate HDD.
     
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  15. Spoony Bard macrumors regular

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    Taken from the product overview: "Worry-free, one-year warranty"

    I'd advise against this particular product. Why forego the five-year warranty that comes standard on their standalone HDDs? It's almost always better to buy a HDD and enclosure separately.
     
  16. daisu macrumors member

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    3.5". Internal IDE interface, external either FW 400 or FW800 (strong preference for FW800)
     
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