Which HD with Airport Extreme?

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  1. LSS macrumors member

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    Hi!

    I'm getting the Airport Extreme Base Station and could use some tips on choosing a USB drive to go with it.

    So, any experiences with any of the following drives:
    - Buffalo DriveStation 500GB SATA
    - Iomega Minimax 500GB
    - LaCie Hard Drive Design by F.A. Porsche 500GB
    - LaCie mini Hard Drive & Hub 500GB
    - Maxtor OneTouch III - 500GB
    - Western Digital MyBook 500GB

    Do they work well with AEBS? Do they spin down when not in use? Are they noisy?

    Any other drives I should be looking into?
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    anything lacie is high quality. i have a lacie model (not mentioned here) its one of the networking models(connected via usb tho) and it works really well. planning on haveing 1 partition?? good!!!! it dont work with more than one... stupid thing
     
  3. macleod199 macrumors 6502

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    I haven't had a problem with the LaCie mini hard drive and hub, at least since they updated the AirPort firmware so that it will let drives spin down. I've also successfully hooked up a printer through the hub, although it wouldn't let me use all the fancy multi-function stuff over the network.
     
  4. damienvfx macrumors regular

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    I gutted my PC after switching over. Build your own external at Fry's, they all work fine. Get a USB hub if you want to use more than one usb peripheral on the extreme. I have three hard drives and a printer hooked up to it and I can use all of them with out changing a thing.

    PS - I also have the 500GB Mybook. Works great, but much better when I plug it in Firewire 800 style.
     
  5. NickD macrumors 6502a

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    My top 3 picks would be:

    LaCie Hard Drive Design by F.A. Porsche
    Maxtor OneTouch III
    Western Digital MyBook

    I've heard lots of good things about all of those. I personally own the OneTouch III except in 300GB version, but I know some people who have both the Porsche and the MyBook and they've had no problems.

    NickD
     
  6. damienvfx macrumors regular

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    Just curious, does that have firewire 800?
     
  7. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    I have 720 gb of Seagate drives in an OWC enclosure which has usb 2.0, Firewire 800/400 and it works very well. I bought a refurb enclosure and 2 drives for ~ $250 IIRC
     
  8. baydude macrumors newbie

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    I have a Iomega Minimax 500GB and so far it works great.
    Having the integrated USB hub is very nice.

    I have the new firmware, but the drive still doesn't spin down.
     
  9. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    DON'T GET ONE. That is what I say, it is waste. It doesn't run very fast, 2.3mbp. SLOW, it is almost a waste of time.

    See my back treads about my issues with it.

    The Stig
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    wat connection way is this??? never experianced that ever before
     
  11. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    Has the latest firmware improved this at all?
     
  12. Jestered macrumors 6502

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    The drive can't be partitioned or the Extreme does not work with more than one?

    I don't see why the drive can't be partitioned. And I have one drive connected to my extreme and it has 5 partitions. It works perfectly. You cannot partition or even format it wirelessly, but once it is partitioned and connected to the Extreme it works fine.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    with a lacie if you partition and try to share that with airport it doesnt recognise any of the partitions. it just brings up a wierd volume that have about 3mb capacity. 1 partition only from my experience
     
  14. Jestered macrumors 6502

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    That is weird. It works perfectly with mine, but I am not using a LaCie drive. I wonder if the LaCie drives use a different chipset that the Extreme has problems with? That would be strange considering LaCie is kind of geared towards Mac. That is the only thing I can think that would be different from what I have that could cause it.

    I am using a Vantec enclosure with a 500GB Western Digital SATA drive.
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i did kind of complicate it a bit...hehe. i had 3 partitions, one fat32 (for the pc) and two different ones for two other macs... but it should have worked. moral of the story.. work with 1 partition.

    i have a lacie ethernet 250gb. (cat5 & usb)
     
  16. L3X macrumors 6502a

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    the WD MyBookPro is very nice. You can get a 500 GB for less than $200. FW 800 is very, very, very fast too.

    check out buydig.com whatever you do, very good prices and great customer service

    http://www.buydig.com/shop/home.aspx
     

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