External HD solution for Macbook Pro?

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  1. SugarCoatedSour

    SugarCoatedSour OT Supporter

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    I need an extra drive to handle my work and stuff for XP. I was going to originally buy a WD MyBook with eSATA/USB2.0, but I've read a lot of reviews on HD failures after about a year.

    So, I figured that it'd be a better idea to just buy a Samsung Spinpoint T 500GB SATA HD and put it in this Icy Dock enclosure:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198003

    or this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817332012

    Does this sound like a better idea than going with the WD MyBook? Also, would there be any issues having the drive detect on my Macbook Pro?

    Thanks in advance. :hs:
     
  2. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    I have a LaCie for my macbook pro. One of the only manufacturers who make a fast drive that supports firewire 800 (fastest connector you have on the mac)

    http://www.lacie.com/

    They are a little pricey, but well worth the money. I like that they are not an eye sore either. :)
     
  3. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    I really like my Vantec Nexstar enclosures. Both spin-down the drives when idle. Nice and stylish too.
     
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    I'll be sure to check them out. :cool:

    I really want a drive with eSATA, though, since I might be picking up an Expresscard to add on 2 eSATA ports. :hs:
     
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    Have they been very reliable for you? How well do they do at keeping the HD cool?
     
  6. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    not a bad idea if you are going to be using it at a desk most of the time, since you'll need to suppy power to the drive. The LaCie's i linked above, can be powered over the FW800 connection, so it's really nice for remote office, or just travel
     
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    I'll probably want 1 FW800 for when I'm on the go and then probably go with an enclosure with eSATA for my home backups.

    Is there a particular LaCie that you'd recommend? I'm probably not going to go for more than a 160GB for a FW drive, but 320GB would be tops. :hs:
     
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    Sweetness. :bigthumb:

    Now I just need to find a good enclosure to go with a Samsung Spinpoint T for Time Machine and my WinXP stuff. :hs:
     
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    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    I kinda want that rugged LaCie now :hs: It would fit so much better in my backpack
     
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    They do a good job. I've never had a drive fail while in one of them yet. They are stackable too :bowdown:
     
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    WD elements drives are not bad, 7200rpm, cheap
    newegg has good priceson them
     
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    Nexstar 3's are awesome little HDD cases.

    By the way, if you want to have an external HDD, you really really REALLY should get a laptop hard drive. The reason for this is laptop hard drives are built to get smacked around a bit, whereas the larger drives that normally go into desktop machines are not designed to get smacked around. Laptop drives will actually last longer in external cases, under most conditions.
     
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    My cases just sit there anyway. Never get moved.
     
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    Just to throw my opinion in. I bought a MyBook Pro when Time Machine came out with 10.5. It's got Firewire 800, which is a must if your machine can support it, and it's plenty fast. I would highly recommend it.
     

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