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Which External Hard Drive should I buy/Do you suggest?


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I just got a Western Digital 500GB external HD also, and while it works great for me so far, if you read the reviews here:

http://reviews.cnet.com/hard-drives/...l?ord=&tag=nav

about half of the reviews are from people whose unit just stopped working after a few weeks. Can get it pretty cheap, but maybe you get what you pay for? I have heard Seagate is a reliable brand.
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You should check out other threads. Not only are there tons of them on this topic you can find by searching, but there's already a current one going under this very subforum.

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This is not a commercial endorsement (I am just a satisfied customer) but I have consistently found really good prices, top quality and fast shipping from Tiger Direct (www.tigerdirect.com). I have bought numerous hard drives and other bits of computer equipment from them. They do an excellent job and almost always have the best prices.

Of course if you want a REALLY good deal, troll around eBay for a while. Lots of NEW hard drives there, still in shrink wrap, for outstanding prices. I have bought one or two of these over the years too.

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I wouldn't recommend a Western Digital. I bought a 400gb Mybook from them and had lots of problems with it, I sent it in for a replacement which worked without a problem and the new drive works fine so far. However several of my friends have had issues with WD's products in the past.

I recently purchased a Seagate 500gb free agent drive and I've found it to be a great drive. It runs great, standard transfer rate, smaller than most external drives. The only downside is that it isn't formatted for mac out of the box but a few minutes with disk utility and it's good to go for use on both PC and Mac.


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Where did you get the Seagate 500 GB? How much was it? With all the stories I've heard about WD, I'm thinking about returning it and getting a Seagate.
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Hi, I have an iMac and I am into video editing so need more storage for my mac.

I have been looking for an external hard drive for quite a while now but can't find one right for me.

I need one that is firewire and transfers data as quick as possible and I need it to be at least 500GB.

What external hard drives do you own and/or would you recommend?


Thanks in advance!

Jon


PS. Anyone know what dual firewire does?
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IIRC Dual Firewire simply means it has 2 Firewire ports so you can daisy chain Firewire devices off of it.

If you're smart, you'll go out and buy an empty case that you like and then buy a drive to put in it. You get more bang for your buck this way. This way you get to decide what you want and can take advantage of sales on drives and empty cases. Any goo computer store (FRY's, CompUSA, BestBuy etc) will have this stuff, or you can look on-line and probably get even better deals.


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I bought a 500GB WD Mybook premiem. It has a USB2.0 and Firewire400. It was only $179CAD at Costco. It would have cost me that or more to buy a 500GB HD then buy a firewire enclosure.
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How did it go?

I have a similar problem, I have a La Cie External NAS drive.

I smelled something funny inside the unit so I immediately shut it down and extracted the hard drive.

I'm going to buy an external USB enclosure to access the data via that route.

Where you sucessful?
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Today I went out and bought a Maxtor Onetouch III for my iMac and when I got home I saw alot of online reviews saying that Maxtor is rubbish etc.

I am now really worried that my drive will not last long and I may lose important data.

Seagate FreeAgents seam to be the most popular option but on the description for them it says (Read Only) next to OS X. What does this mean?


What do you think? Should I return my Maxtor asap and spend a little more on a Seagate?

Thanks In Advance.
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I have a Seagate 500 gig and it seems alright. It comes formatted in NTFS which means that OSX can only read it and not write to it. For the Mac to be able to write to the drive it must be formatted as a FAT32 volume or with HFS+ which is the Mac file format.
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I have a Macbook and want to buy an external hard-disk to save my edited movies. Can I use this same hard-disk on both the PC and the Mac?
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Yes you can. You have the option of a variety of shared file systems. If you are just going to put movies on it, Windows FAT32 will likely work just fine, and is supported natively by both Mac OS X and Windows.

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I was told at PC World that the Mac requires NTFS and would NOT be compatible with the PC. I would like to keep a hard-disk to save BOTH my Mac and my PC vids.
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I was told at PC World that the Mac requires NTFS and would NOT be compatible with the PC. I would like to keep a hard-disk to save BOTH my Mac and my PC vids.
Mac is in THEORY compatible with FAT32, which Windows is too. However, there have been problems for many since the Mac OS 10.4.10 "update". Many of us, including myself, can no longer access our FAT32 drives. I do not know if that is everyone or not. So you might like to check with the specific computer you are looking to buy.

I hope they fix that terrible update soon!
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