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Firewire external HD, what brand to get?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by GotGlock1917, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. GotGlock1917

    GotGlock1917 Lifetime Member

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    I am looking to get a firewire external HD for backups and such.

    What brand/brands are reliable? All I know is that we have had real bad luck with LaCie externals at work.

    Thanks,
    john
     
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    External hard drives lead a hard life.They may not be run very often but they seem to last the shortest time.About the best quality you can get is Seagate.
     

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    Angel Of Death Wrenches/BMWs

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    I've had a 120gig Iomega fw/usb for well over three years and for the most part it's worked very well. I've never lost a byte of data!
     
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    I like some of the Maxtor's.
     
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    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I was planning on firewire, but my research is telling me that USB 2.0 transfer rates are a bit faster.

    Is there any reason why I should choose one over the other?

    Thanks again,
    John
     
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    Angel Of Death Wrenches/BMWs

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    Whey choose when you can get one with both?
     
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    Seagates are the best simply because they have a 5 year warranty.
     
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    I didn't need anything super fancy, fast or with large capacity -- just something for periodic backups. I bought a FireLite SmartDisk 40 GB 5400 RPM USB powered portable HD at Staples on sale.
     
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    +1 for Seagate

    If you can't get one with both Firewire and USB2 I would go USB2 simply because it is much more common than the Firewire hookups. Good luck ;)
     
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    If I had the choice I'd go Seagate but Almost all of my regular drives are western digital and I've had real good luck with them. If you have a choice I would get an enclousre with both firewire and USB 2.0 As for your earlier comment USB 2.0 has the potential to be faster but Firewire is better at maintaing consistant speeds. USB 2.0 is UP TO 480MB/s where firewire is a more consistant 400MB/s (someone correct me if I am wrong)
    Hope this helps
     
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    I have a Seagate. Its been trouble free for over a year.
     
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    There is always firewire 800. Faster than the USB2 or normal firewire. I've usually liked Firewire external drives more than the USB as for a long time there were issues with the USB drives having recognition issues and other assorted problems.
     
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    Agreed. But which connection to use?

    So it seems the consensus is for Seagate.
    Should I connect it with USB or Firewire?

    Thanks again,
    John
     
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    Thanks MightBite.
    That is the type of info I am looking for as well as brand name. I had seen the 400mbps vs 480mbps and wondered why many think the Firewire is better.

    Anybody have anything else to add?

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    I would go with usb just because I have 6 usb ports and 2 firewire ports on my computer. For your purposes the speed difference is irrelevant because both protocols are far faster than what your hard drive can use. Your processor will slow them down to match the data transfer rate of your HD.
     
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    Well, I currently have 12 USB with 3 in use and 3 Firewire with none in use. I guess it doesn't really matter much anyway.

    Thanks,
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    GotGlock1917 Lifetime Member

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    That looks like a nice setup. Everything for $150.
    I had considered the enclosure route but it seemed every enclosure I looked at could handle up to 100GB or didn't say at all. I sort of blew it off because I couldn't be sure.

    Yours is 320GB Seagate in a 500GB enclosure. That sounds perfect. I could be back in business on the enclosure plan.

    Thank you,
    John
     
  19. saber41

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    Yeah, the 320GB drive is plenty of space for me at this time, but there is room to grow if needed.

    I'm pretty sure you will be happy with this set up if you decide to go the build your own route.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.