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- October 11, 2008 at 7:33 PM #46773ChrisParticipant
My office bought an iMac 24″ with FCE. And it has USB 2.0, FW400/FW800 ports, and a single internal hard drive.
Every single training book or video tells you to run your files off a separate hard drive, so I want to add an external drive. I’m looking at LaCie, G-Raid, and OWC externals. If any of you have any comments about these drives, please post your opinions. Thanks!
- October 12, 2008 at 12:26 AM #192591RobParticipant
Those are all reliable companies. The only comment I have is to get a big hard drive. 1TB may be way more than you need, but hard drive space seems to be so cheap these days; used to be a dollar per gig.
- October 12, 2008 at 1:54 PM #192592AnonymousInactive
I have a 20″ iMac (with several upgrades), but I use a Western Digital 500GB external hard drive and have never had a problem with it. Works great, and I got it for $75 at Best Buy. With Time Machine, my entire hard drive is backed up, and all my projects (video, graphic & web design) are all saved on here with no problem. It sits on my desktop and is easily accessible… plus it simply plugged in with a USB firewire.
- March 2, 2010 at 3:22 PM #192593mskvideoParticipant
I recommend the LaCie Rugged. I’ve used them all over the world, in extreme environments (hurricanes, war zones) and never had a hiccup. They’re MIL-Spec (MIL-STD-810), USB-powered, extremely portable, and pretty much the gold standard for traveling journalists.
I’ve seen them at Apple stores, or:
I believe they have a 1T model out now.
- March 2, 2010 at 3:51 PM #192594210peParticipant
I recommend anything with a Western Digital drive inside. I have personally had bad luck with Maxtorr, Seagate and never ever buy a DeskStar (nicknamed Death Star they are so bad) drive. I have had good luck with Lacie drives too.
- March 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM #192595D0nParticipant
as far as the WD mybooks are concerned… The original ones we bought a few years back are outliving the newest ones we bought last year… quality gone downhill…..
g raid and lacie are good.
I just set up a dlink323 net as a raid for back-ups, but you’ll need a second (go with firewire) raid set up for working on.
- March 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM #192596210peParticipant
I can’t speak to the mybooks. I generally build anything I need including external hard drives. Can pick up an external enclosure and stick in the drives/sizes you want easier than picking up something at a big box…but that’s me and I’m cheap!
- March 3, 2010 at 1:47 AM #192597AnonymousInactive
Is there an eSATA port on it? That is technically a SATA but with a line to the outside.
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