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    Is there a WD or Seagate 1+TB that doesn't need an external power source?
    Do WD or Seagate (or any one for that matter) make a 1TB+ external drive that uses Firewire, but that DOES NOT need to be plugged in? I live off the grid, using solar, so to use the computer and only have ONE appliance plugged in seems easier. is this possible?

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    I just purchased this one about 2 weeks ago. 1TB, does not need to be plugged in. Has ThunderBolt that can be used with FW800 if you buy an adapter.
    Amazon.com: Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBU1000101 (Silver): Computers & Accessories
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    Use a Mercury Elite Pro Mini from OWC. It is FW800 and draws its power from the computer. You would still need power to the computer - do not know if there would be enough power running a laptop from battery to also run the external hard drive.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firew...W800_FW400_USB
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Thanks,

    So, I need an adapter to convert the Thunderbolt to FW800? Does Seagate make a 2TB unit that is similar?

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    Not sure. You can probably find that out by visiting seagate's website or doing some searches on Google or just browsing on other websites that sell hard drives.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

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    I have several freeagent goflex drives from Seagate. They do not need external power.
    Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive in Black STAA1500100: Electronics

    They come by default with USB 3.0 - but you can get a firewire cable or thunderbolt adapter. I have both - IMHO the drive isn't fast enough to saturate firewire so it isn't worth the money to get a thunderbolt adapter and cable.
    Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable FireWire 800 - STAE102: Electronics

    Amazon.com: Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121): Electronics
    (You still need to buy a $50-$60USD cable on top of this adapter to use thunderbolt)
    http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-1...nderbolt+cable

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