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External HDD Caddy - Any Advice?


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Hey

i have had a powermac g5 for a few months now and im loving it. i am a student and will be going to uni in september to basically do video editing and filming etc. im wanting to sort out a decent simple hard drive setup that will prepherably use 2 external hard drives and hopfully hitting around the 1terribyte mark. the reasons for this setup is that i need space for editing and also for music and films etc. (so 1 hardrive for editing and the other for music...) the hard drive with music also has to be able to hook up to my windows based laptop.

i understand a fair amount about computers so putting this together isnt too difficult for me, i would just like some advice as to possible prepherences over hard drives and caddies. i once saw a caddy that held 2 hard drives that had been designed around the G5, looked cool but i cant find it anymore, anyone know what im on about?

anywho if any1 can give me any advice as to what to look towards then that would be great.

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I have one of these USB2/firewire 3.5" caddys:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=127643

It is excellent, slient fanless design and cool blue LEDs. You just put any 3.5" IDE hard drive into it.

I would suggest buying 2 of them, and putting a hard drive in each such as a Seagate 500GB:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=329662

The caddy has 2 firewire ports, so you can daisy-chain 2 together.

I think you will need to format as FAT32 if you want to share with your windows PC.

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Thank you for the fast reply, that caddy does look nice and i like it a lot however i was wanting to find something more silver lol, simply because it would go nicely with my G5. i will do some research and see if i can find a silver version possibly. and thanks for mentioning a 500gig HDD, i havent managed to find many.

if anyone else has any input feel free to add it, the more info the better . (also if anyone can tell me anything about the caddy that looks like a mini G5 that would be cool, also if its any good lol)

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I have found a silver version:
http://www.savastore.com/productinfo...0277968&pid=44

It appears that the 500GB Seagate drives are cheaper at Savastore too!
http://www.savastore.com/productinfo...8&pid=45&tid=2


EDIT: Is this what you were looking for?
http://www.jigsaw24.com/proddesc.asp?ITEM=X001AKA

It looks nice, but a bit pricey at 774.31 (inc. Del for 1TB) when the 2 caddies and 2 Seagate 500GB drives cost 442.24 inc. Del.

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thats for that mate, great help. yeah i think that might have been the caddy i was thinking of and yeah pricey lol. it will be a few months yet till i buy the setup so hopfully prices will have dropped a bit for the drives though i do like seagate, had a 60gig barracuda running for years in my old pc so i trust them. thanks for the help, if anyone else has anything to add im all ears.

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ps: just a quick question, is there a real advantage over firewire to USB2? iv lost track as to which 1 is better for what things.

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Firewire 400 runs at 400Mbits per second, whereas USB2 runs at 480Mbits per second.

However, USB2 has a bit more CPU usage, so the speeds are very similar. You can daisy chain the firewire drives to link up multiple drives.

However, the G-TECH G RAID 1TB also has firewire 800 ports too (which run at 800Mbits per second), which would be faster. But, I don't think it's worth an extra 330! The Icybox has FW400 and USB2 so you have a choice.

I currently own a Maxtor 200GB drive in my Icybox caddy and it is very noisy. Plus, it's corrupt its file system several times (running on my Windows system), so I do not reccomend Maxtor.

Seagates have a reputation for being fast, quiet and reliable. i built a PC for a friend with a Seagate and it runs nicely with no problems, and I am awaiting an 80GB Seagate for my iMac.

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While USB2 has better peak throughput, firewire is better suited for sustained throughput. Most comparisons (all I have seen) show firewire consistently beating USB2 deives on sustained read rights and disk access.
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