Your Portable Storage Solution

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stewartlittle, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. stewartlittle macrumors regular

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    So to go with a laptop, I will have to have external storage for safety, incase on drive crashes. Better safe then sorry. So I have been looking at the G-Drive mini, as well as the Western Digital Passport Studio. Both are small, slick looking, and have metal, mbp-like finishes. Does anyone have experience with either of these, or both. Or a better solution. Thanks.
     
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  3. Karpfish macrumors 6502a

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    ZI have a G-Drive mini, works great and has had no issues. Would highly recommend G-Tech.
     
  4. amac4me macrumors 65816

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    I use the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk with my MBP. I'm constantly traveling and this works like a charm. It has FireWire 800, FireWire 400 & USB 2.0. The drive even includes the cables.

    It's more expensive than most drives but I've never had an issue with any of my Lacie drives.

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10949
     
  5. yoak macrumors 65816

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    Just bought the WD passport yesterday.
    Looks nice, it´s plastic though, not metal. Would maybe got the Rugged Lacie instead, but I had to order that on the net and the WD was in the shop.
    I´ve only used WD as externals and I´m very happy with them
     
  6. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey Karpfish, how long have you had the g-drive. That thing looks slick, i hope the performance matches. I like the lacie one, just wish it came in other colours then orange.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Don't buy WD. They are typically USB only and not compatible with some computers without a USB power adapter which are not included hard to find.

    Been using previous generation of LaCie Little Big Disk for a few years. Capacity up to 1TB, but you need to look into the risk of RAID and see whether it's worth it for you.
     
  8. Pak^Man macrumors regular

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    Actually, no!

    The WD passport is available in both a USB version, as well as a Firewire one (which costs a bit more). I have two the USB ones, and would not hesitate to recommend them. And USB power from most USB ports on Desktops as well as Laptops... I have had mine work on Macbooks, MBP, Thinkpads, Dells, and Toshibas.... there are documented issues with certain sony ultraportables and Powerbook G4s... but most other work.

    Also, a poster said that the WDs are plastic. those were the older ones that were bulkier and plastic. The current generation comes in both a metal top and a plastic version (Passport essential is metal), and have a robber base to adborb shocks/vibrations and to avoid scratching tabletops.

    Having said that I've herad hood things about Lacies and G-Drives.... but be vary of Iomegas and the larger 3.5 inch WD Mybook ones.
     
  9. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have read that the g-drive is not good for windows at all. Since i would be running osx and windows xp on a mbp or whatever, is this not an option anymore.
     
  10. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    I use the 500GB My book USB that has worked perfect with Time Machine.
     
  11. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just want a drive thats portable, that i can back up all my work files, and not worry about it crashing
     

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