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  1. #256


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    OK I think I found what I want!

    What do you guys think about this one???

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1185271084002

    Would it work for backing all my stuff up and storing extra files?
    Last edited by deathtolife04; 12-09-2007 at 09:07 PM.

  2. #257


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    OR maybe this one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1191626998190

    Because I just remembered I'm running low on plug-ins in my room! It wouldn't fit if it was a big AC adapter...

  3. #258

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    either one should work, a lot of people use the WD Mybook series
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  4. #259


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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    either one should work, a lot of people use the WD Mybook series
    OK and I wouldn't have any problems backing up a 60 gb internal hard drive on either of them? Like, just sync, and then be able to store extra stuff, too?

    I just didn't know the difference between the "essential" one and the rest of them??

  5. #260

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    Question OWC vs other Drives
    Right now I'm pretty sold on this drive:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other.../MAU4F7500G16/

    My brother suggested LaCie as he has several of there drives with his MBP, but it seems like this is a great deal for $ per GB. Western Digital drives seem to be popular around here too.

    I'm in the market for a firewire 400 350-750 GB drive, preferable 500, anywhere from $150 to $250. Is this one a good bet? What are people's experiences with OWC drives?

    Just lookin' for some feedback so I don't end up with a dead drive. I like that there's a 2 year warranty on this one, though.

    Thanks in advance
    l 8GB iPhone 3G l 15" Macbook Pro l Powerbook G4 15" l 8GB iPod Touch l 4GB iPod Mini l

  6. #261


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    They've worked for me
    I've been buying from OWC for many years. Their products and service have always been top notch.

  7. #262


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    I bought the OWC 750GB Quad (800/400/USB/eSATA) version of the drive in your link about 3 weeks ago as a backup. No problems at all. They send some extra bits of software on the drive - be aware of that if you partition it (I have a partition for TimeMachine, another for CCC and another for SuperDuper).

    I also purchased my RAM modules from OWC - they were excellent in helping me figure out an issue (used the chat support feature on their web site.

  8. #263

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    500GB external drive for $187.99? Dude, you are seriously overpaying if you go with OWC. You can get this drive, which includes Firewire, for only $133.99. My brother has that drive and it works great.

    You can get a 750GB drive with Firewire for a little less than a hundred dollars more. If you stick with just USB, your cost drops significantly.

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  9. #264

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    I bought that case in the quad interface and popped in my own Seagate 750GB drive. It has been performing flawlessly thus far.

    The only draw back for me with the OWC cases - they use IDE drives instead of SATA drives in all the cases that do not have an eSATA port. It is not an issue now, but could be one down the road if you decide to put that drive into a newer computer.

    The draw back with Lacie - 1) only a 1 year warranty, 2) they do not tell you what drive is inside their case, 3) they do not give you the balance of the manufacturers warranty on the drive in the case, 4) while there are quite a few Mac users that recommend them - if you start reading reviews on Lacie - they have the lowest percentage of positive (4 & 5) ratings of any hard drive reseller (except maybe Iomega)

    Have heard pretty good things about the Fantom drives that Kash has pointed you to and would not be averse to one of those. If the warranty term is of issue to you, increasing the warranty to 2 yrs thru newegg will increase it's price to $174 vs the OWC drive which will still have another year on the drive plus the software they include if it is of interest to you.
    Last edited by bobtomay; 12-27-2007 at 07:30 AM.
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  10. #265
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    I've heard and read somewhere that the OWC Mercury Elite external hard drives are manufactured by Seagate.

  11. #266


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    which external storage is best?
    Hi, I want to buy an external storage. Think that NAS is going to be too slow and don't think it will work through BThomeHub, so thought about an iomega 1TB drive with firewire etc. or Buffallo, or Seagate - any ides of which is best and issues to look out for?

    Thanks

  12. #267


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    Looking for a good Time Machine Hard Drive
    I am looking for a good External Hard Drive to use with my MBP running Time Machine. I have looked at the MyBook Studio Edition since it is quad interface. I know the Mac doesn't support eSATA but I think it will before long. I most likely will use the Firewire 400 or Firewire 800 port on my MBP and am looking for something that holds 750GB since my MBP has a 250GB HD.
    I have looked at the various Western Digital My Book's such as the Pro Edition with the 3 interfaces but also am wondering if something from Seagate, Maxtor, Lacie, or OWC would be better.

  13. #268

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    I have the MyBook Pro that is triple interface and it does quite well. I was thinking of getting one of those studio editions just because they are cool, not because I need the space. The MyBook you are looking at should do you very well
    I Love Free Software.
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  14. #269

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    external notebook hard drive for itunes and iphoto
    Greetings,

    I've posted questions previously for advice on replacing my ibook hard drive. I will not do the replacement myself b/c it's too complicated and time consuming. Instead, I've been looking for price quotes getting anywhere from 30 bucks (non-certified mac technician) to 130 bucks. Obviously I would prefer to pay less and right now i figured it would cost me at least $190 incl. taxes to get a 160 gig hard drive and the labour charges for installation. If something goes wrong with the drive I am assuming I'm also paying for it to be removed.

    Now I can purchase a 160 gig WD passport for 100 bucks but what I'm wondering is if it's gonna be a pain in the butt convenience and performance wise having my iphoto and itunes library utilized off a usb 2.0 drive. I need the hard disk space b/c my drive is completely filled and would like to know if anybody is currently using the external route I have mentioned.

    thanks

  15. #270


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    I do what you are asking about. My iTunes and iPhoto libraries are on an external and I access them from there. I am using a Seagate FreeAgent external and really like it because it can stay plugged in and sleeps when my Macbook sleeps, then wakes when the MB wakes. So, it is always available -no mounting/unmounting, turning off, turning on.

    Here are the instructions to move your libraries:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301748
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93603

    Good luck!
    Mary

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