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What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm tired of having to flip through DVD's and CD's when I need something from my archive so I going to buy a BIG USB/Firewire drive.

My computers all have firewire except the laptop which has USB1.

I'm thinking at least 250GB.

Any suggestions?
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Re: What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use a Western Digital Drive that has firewire and USB capabilities. I love it.
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Re: What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 01:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the LaCie Porsche design Firewire drives. The come in a bunch of sizes and seem to work very well. I think I paid $189 for the 250G models (bought 2). They are small and very quiet.
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Re: I just got mine yesterday..
Old 05-18-2005, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I bought a Lacie 500Gb with USB and firewire interfaces..
Cost $389 delivered

here is a link:

http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...ch=Lacie+500gb
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Re: What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use the 300GB Maxtor OneTouch II's at the moment, although just about any name brand will do.

Be careful with 500GB models since very few companies actually make a 500GB drive. I believe Hitachi does.. I'm not sure about LaCie, but some companies put two 250GB drives in one chassis so that it appears as a single 500GB drive to the operating system. Lose one drive and you can loose everything..


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Re: What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 02:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Seagate has some pretty nice externals -- they have them with both USB and Firewire

http://www.seagate.com/products/retail/external/

Keep in mind, for every brand, you'll find people who love them and others who have had nothing but problems.

I like Seagate.
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Old 05-18-2005, 03:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought my own bare drive and enclosure. Look for the high speed chipsets; Oxford 911 for firewire and Cypress CY7C68300A for USB 2.0. I like the AMS Venus DS3 enclosure. It has a very quiet fan that sits under the drive. Mac OSX will spin the drive down when not in use or unmounted to keep it cool and low power.

Personally I only use Seagate or Maxtor drives. I have 2 of these setups with 250 GB Maxtor DiamondMax drives to backup my 250GB internal on my iMac. Very quiet and cool. Super fast transfer rate as well.

YMMV.
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Re: What USB/Firewire drive should I buy?
Old 05-18-2005, 06:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I currently have 5 of these external drives and they work like champs. Been using the oldest of them for years. I no longer buy them already built, but instead build my own. If you watch the sales and rebates, you can pick up the components to build a 250gb unit (firewire/usb 2) for less than $125.
If you want really massive storage, Buffalo has their new TeraStation unit that comes with a box with 4 250gb drives build in. Fry's has them for $889. It has raid built in and you can configure if for 0, 1 or 5, if I recall. That might be the way to go. Keep in mind that the cost of these things is still dropping, so if you watch the sales, you can often find some real bargains.
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Any drive can fail. . .
Old 05-18-2005, 07:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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but we've had bad luck with Maxtor. 3 of these have failed in the last 4 months. in one case both the main and backup failed at the same time. I'm kind of curious what the experience of others have had with the various make drives. i should point out that these drives are from machines that are used constatntly in a business/ studio setting and probably should not be compared to the type of use found in lesser usage situations. Never the less Maxtor makes me nervous. I intend to replace the one I have in My (Home) Mac as soon as I can afford it. But with what??
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Re: Any drive can fail. . .
Old 05-18-2005, 10:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think you may want to find a different source for hard drives.. It's pretty safe to say that all of the major brands will make excellent equipment.. Occassionally, there may be some quality control problems.

A few years ago I watched through a tinted window as a FedEx driver walked up with a dolly loaded with 10 Compaq servers that I had ordered. Between the truck and the building I watched him drop the servers twice. Needless to say, I refused the delivery. If I had not seen that first hand we probably would have had several servers with all kinds of problems.

On another occassion, I was walking through a Sams Club store and noticed one of their stockers throw a large box about 10 feet and let it land on their nice soft cement floor. What was in the box?

The list of horror stories is pretty extensive.. so I'll stop there..


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