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Lacie or Maxtor? 160GB or 250GB?


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Hi all,
Have filled up Powerbook internal harddisk (it seemed a lot before my whole life was organised on it)

Want to get an external drive, preferably one with firewire and usb2.

Suggestions/comments welcome!

Also, can someone tell me if I can store a seperate itunes library on the external drive and play the tunes without itunes copying it to the internal drive?

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I have the lacie 250 gig and i like it a lot, I dont know about the maxtor, but i hear they are good.
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Yes, make sure you go into iTunes prefs and tell it not to copy the files when adding to the Library.

Why buy a drive when you can build one? Look for a good sale on a big IDE, ATA or SATA HDD and buy and external FW/USB 2 case and put it together.


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I have the 160gb LaCie Porsche Firewire drive, and it's excellent! i just ordered a 250gb one from MacMall and should arrive in a few days.

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i just bought a usb 2.0 segate 160 gb from bestbuy for 89 dollars and i love it alot pretty quick i thought externals would be laggy but it works great....
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I have the 160gb LaCie Porsche Firewire drive, and it's excellent! i just ordered a 250gb one from MacMall and should arrive in a few days.
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I would stay away from Maxtor drives. They tend to burn up within a year or two, and many of them only carry a one-year warranty.

Personally, I would reccomend buying your own enclosure and hard drive separately. You can save money that way, and you can replace the drive or upgrade it easily.

My favorite hard drives are seagates. Most of them have five year warranties, and they are relatively quiet.

In order to find a good external enclosure, you may want to check out newegg.com.
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I think Drives brands are subjective. I've not had a Maxtor HDD fail on me in several years and I am currently running 10 of them. Then again, I either have them all internal or in self built enclosures, so I can't say much about the Maxtor pre-packaged external drives.


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i had a 100gb internal harddrive in a pc that i build for my final project at heald and it lasted me about four years. I just currently took a dive and that is the reason i switched over to my new imac. I don't know if it makes a difference but i was also used my computer in ways that subjected my harddrive to constant access reading and writing. But my new segate external is pretty nice.


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I think Drives brands are subjective. I've not had a Maxtor HDD fail on me in several years and I am currently running 10 of them. Then again, I either have them all internal or in self built enclosures, so I can't say much about the Maxtor pre-packaged external drives.
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I would stay away from Maxtor drives. They tend to burn up within a year or two, and many of them only carry a one-year warranty.

Personally, I would reccomend buying your own enclosure and hard drive separately. You can save money that way, and you can replace the drive or upgrade it easily.

My favorite hard drives are seagates. Most of them have five year warranties, and they are relatively quiet.

In order to find a good external enclosure, you may want to check out newegg.com.
I don't like Maxtor drives because of the noise. LaCie makes excellent hard drives, and if you can afford one, I'd say go for it. They are also generally quiet. I recently built my own external drive system using a 3.5" AMS Venus Firewire enclosure and a 250gb 7200rpm 8mb Seagate 7200.8 hard drive (I'm a big fan of Seagates...low noise, good performance, and 5-year warranty). Total cost was about $155. It works great, although the Venus case is somewhat loud because it has a cooling fan in it. Well, loud compared to my G4 Cube, which is dead silent. Links are below.

AMS Venus case, $54:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145657

250gb Seagate 7200.8 hard drive, $101:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148062


Also, if you ever decide to upgrade your internal drive, I highly recommend the free Carbon Copy Cloner, available here:

http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

It lets you clone your internal drive to an external drive via Firewire. You can get a nice 2.5" Firewire enclosure for $35 here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146604

I used my 3.5" Venus to clone my 20gb stock drive to a newer 120gb Seagate and it worked perfectly, no complaints here. Easy way to boost the internal speed and size
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I've had a maxtor 250gd drive for the last few years and have never had a problem with it. The reason why i went with the maxtor was that I'd read a lot of bad customer reviews about Lacie at the time !! But not today I see.

The maxtor HD does have a fan in it but it doesn't make too much noise and the one I've got looks cool. :p

I was also interested in the western digital drives at the time - Maybe another one to consider. :dive:
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I've had a maxtor 250gd drive for the last few years and have never had a problem with it. The reason why i went with the maxtor was that I'd read a lot of bad customer reviews about Lacie at the time !! But not today I see.

The maxtor HD does have a fan in it but it doesn't make too much noise and the one I've got looks cool. :p

I was also interested in the western digital drives at the time - Maybe another one to consider. :dive:
I think it just depends on the year you get your drive. I've heard a few people say today's Maxtor's are good. I had good reliability with all of my 40-gig Maxtors, but the noise was incredible. Now they're supposed to be fairly decent.

It would be interesting to try out an SATA enclosure. AMS makes a Venus model that supports SATA drives, although it's only USB 2.0 (no Firewire):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145660

Anyone care to pick up one of those and a WD Raptor and tell us how it goes?
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