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  1. #526


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    Dual 2 GHz Power PC G5 2005. 6.5 GB Ram, OS X 10.5.8. Macbook 2.4 GHz core 2 Duo, 2 GB, OS X 10.5.8
    ok changed my mind,,, going for a G tech one since they are also Hitachi mech inside and being in the UK OWC will take ages to get shipped over

  2. #527


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    WD upload large files?
    I am looking into getting an external drive for backup. I currently have a Western Digital portable HD that I use for extra storage. However, because it is FAT32 format, I cannot upload files over 5GB. (I'd rather not reformat in HFS b/c I'd like to be able to open files on a PC as well)
    This has been a problem for me and I wondered if newer WD HD's still have this problem? Or if Seagate or another company would be better?

  3. #528

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    C2D 2.26 | 500GB Seagate Momentus | 2GB 1066 (soon to be 8)
    Quote Originally Posted by abstractmotor View Post
    I am looking into getting an external drive for backup. I currently have a Western Digital portable HD that I use for extra storage. However, because it is FAT32 format, I cannot upload files over 5GB. (I'd rather not reformat in HFS b/c I'd like to be able to open files on a PC as well)
    This has been a problem for me and I wondered if newer WD HD's still have this problem? Or if Seagate or another company would be better?
    FAT32 limits files to 4gb. And any drive formatted in FAT32 is like this.
    USAF E-2. 1C6X1 - Space Systems Operations. 19 days until BMT.
    Upgrade your MBP HD
    Tritton AXPro FS

  4. #529


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    Quote Originally Posted by abstractmotor View Post
    I am looking into getting an external drive for backup. I currently have a Western Digital portable HD that I use for extra storage. However, because it is FAT32 format, I cannot upload files over 5GB. (I'd rather not reformat in HFS b/c I'd like to be able to open files on a PC as well)
    This has been a problem for me and I wondered if newer WD HD's still have this problem? Or if Seagate or another company would be better?
    You could re-format the drive as NTFS (losing all the data) and load an NTFS driver onto your mac.

    Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - NTFS-3G

  5. #530


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    27" quad-core iMac, 8GB RAM, 2TB HD...15" MBP w/ 4GB RAM...etc.
    I just bought a WD 2TB Essential for Mac. The VCD and SmartWare has been a royal pain. When working it's slow. Tried removing it by formatting the drive. Downloaded firmware updater and Virtual CD Manager. Following the steps from an article about how to remove the WD software from the drive (http://www.marccizravi.com/2010/remove-wd-smartware/) it was updating SmartWare the SmartWare icon and the My Book icons disappeared from my desktop. Thought it was normal. Now the drive is stuck in what looks to be a sleep mode. Power dot is dimmed.

    I unplugged/plugged the power cable. Nothing. Pressed the on/off button on the back. The dot would brighten when pressed. Dim again when I removed my finger.

    Might need to refund this drive and get another. Maybe another brand. How is this Lacie?
    NCIX.com - Buy LaCie Starck Desktop 2TB 7200RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for Windows and Mac - Lacie - 301889KUA - in Canada

    Any opinions on the Seagate GoFlex line? Does their preloaded software get in the way? Or can you just choose not to use it and let Time Machine do it's thing? I'm also considering this one...

    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...c755ed430cen02
    Last edited by BDD888; 02-26-2011 at 01:57 PM.

  6. #531


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    21.5 iMac 3.06 ghz 12gb ram 500g HD iPad 2 16G
    Anything from OWC...just my humble opinion...Do not use preloaded software...if your keeping it simple for back ups only...stick with Time Machine.

  7. #532


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    Mar 07, 2011
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    Which external HD for my old G5?
    I want to buy an external HD for my 2007 G5. Any thoughts on what I should get? I don't think this old Mac even has USB 2.0 does it?

  8. #533


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    I need to buy an external HD for heavy video/photography work using FCP, STP, DVD Studio, Compressor, Lightroom and Photoshop. I have my eye on this:

    G-Tech 1TB 4th Gen G-Drive External Hard Drive - FW800, USB 2.0 & eSATA | Store | Tekserve

    Anyone have any other suggestions? I refuse to buy WD again. Too many of their HDD's have died on me in the past, even before I became a videographer/photographer.

  9. #534

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    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Quote Originally Posted by Metro View Post
    I need to buy an external HD for heavy video/photography work using FCP, STP, DVD Studio, Compressor, Lightroom and Photoshop. I have my eye on this:

    G-Tech 1TB 4th Gen G-Drive External Hard Drive - FW800, USB 2.0 & eSATA | Store | Tekserve

    Anyone have any other suggestions? I refuse to buy WD again. Too many of their HDD's have died on me in the past, even before I became a videographer/photographer.
    To be honest, for professional work, I'd be looking at a RAID 1 device for an external device - this way, if one of the drives fails, you won't lose your data. RAID 1 devices are mirrored - that is, you have two redundant disks that instantly replicate the data across two physical drives. OWC has some nice units like this one that do exactly that. You'll pay a little more up-front, but IMO, it's worth it for the peace of mind in knowing that your data is safe.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  10. #535

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    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Quote Originally Posted by toddiacho View Post
    I want to buy an external HD for my 2007 G5. Any thoughts on what I should get? I don't think this old Mac even has USB 2.0 does it?
    I think you're underestimating the age of that machine. In 2005, Apple started transitioning to Intel, and by 2006, I believe the entire line was moved over to it. With that said, USB 2.0 became prevalent across the board by about 2003. So, you should have 2.0 ports. Is that an iMac or a PowerMac?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

  11. #536


    Member Since
    Jul 29, 2009
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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Mac 0SX 10.5.7 2.4. GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Check out OWC Storage Solution - I just purchased a 1TB OWC Mercury Elite - Has an excellent review

  12. #537


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    Apr 02, 2011
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    UK NE England
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    Mac OS X Version 10.6.7
    I bought a Western Digital, My Passport Essential 500 gb. If you buy it make sure you buy the one for the Mac, because it`s already configured for you. Also you can get support. Biffo

  13. #538


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    iMac24,iMac27,iMac21.5-i3,iPhone4-32gb,iTouch3.32gb,iPad1,Apple TV,iPodClassic160gbx2
    Quote Originally Posted by mynameis View Post
    There is no reason why a hard drive would be more or less reliable based on the OS of the system that it is plugged into. In my experience no HD manufacturer is perfect, but I think WD and Seagate are better than some of the others.
    I had an awful run when 3 oof my external drives went erm - 'bottoms-up'...

    I have so many un-marked cables that I think I must have plugged in the wrong power rating to at least 1..
    And - one of my 6 cats knocked an Iomega on to the floor from about 3 feet...
    Another Iomega has just stopped working - for no apparent reason...

    I have recently invested in 6 Western Digital 2TB Drives which are a good price at the mo from Amazon.co.uk...
    I am NOT MOVING any of them, and their flat base stay fixed to my Mac Station these days...
    It really makes you consider having 'back-ups of your back-ups'.
    Just in case.


    I would have liked some Mac externals like Time Machine - but they are prohibitively expensive - and not so well packed with enough memory for my needs...
    Live each day as it comes - it may be your last !?

  14. #539


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    Compatibility w/OS 10.3.9
    I'm looking for an external hard drive for my old G5 running 10.3.9. All the models I've looked at require 10.4 or later. Can you please recommend to me a make and model that will plug and play with my system?

    Thanks.

    Bob Ottaviano

  15. #540

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    I have 3 WD old my book hard drives great drives. Just bought a WD My Book Studio LX, it is horrible!! It wont boot from firewire only USB and has all sorts of permanent software that is unremoveable. I would not suggest this drive to anyone. I have heard it has a problem with TIme machine. I am considering OWC but have heard some bad stuff about them although that was from reviews a few years old. Why cant someone make a simple HD that works, I can reformat it and dont want anything fancy just storage!!!!!!. That is all I want
    Last edited by robertgarven; 08-08-2011 at 01:06 AM.
    Robert Garven - Ventura, CA
    Apple Imac 27" - 2.8 Ghz Intel Core i7
    8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 - 10.6.7 Snow Leopard

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