I need another hard drive. External Firewire. Thought this looked good.<br><br>WD My Book Premium 500g<br><br>Want at least a 500G. Don't know why, Just do. I have two other drives a LaCie and a WD. Both 250G.<br><br>Will use the drive for pictures mainly. I have a G5 20" iMac (the original).<br><br>I want a drive that has a power button. I want to decide when it boots. I don't want it to come up when I boot my iMac.<br><br>Dave<br><br>
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Why not buy a bare drive and an enclosure that suits your requirements? I recently moved a HD from an enclosure that had a failed FW bridge to a new enclosure - piece of cake. The new enclosure works great, has it's own power supply, FW and USB 2 connectivity, and power switch. I forgot where I bought the enclosure, but Reboot knows. Shop around for best price and features.<br><br>
I just picked up one of these from my local Fry's. Worked fine backing up my MacBook Pro but I haven't exactly run it through its paces. I like Buffalo wireless products so I'm hoping they also make good enclosures. I was told the internal drive was a Western Digital. I'd rather have a Seagate but I'm not going to leave it running all the time so this will probably work fine. Looks like about $6-8 for shipping.<br><br>
Enclosures from http://www.xpcgear.com/enclosurecase.html<br><br>As far as WD goes, I know many here disagree that they are crap, but I have two more Western Digital drives on my desk from customers that crapped out this week. (The drives crapped out, not the customers.) <br><br>Not a Seagate in sight. <br><br>Get a Seagate and put it in an enclosure. <br><br>Gotta' run, be back later today.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
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I'm curious - in your experience, do the WD drives you've dealt with crap out pretty early in their life cycle or do they go a few months and *then* die...?<br><br>I've had a MyBook 250gb external for a good year now and it's still running as smooth as the day I bought it. I only turn it on when I run my backups and then it gets shut off again immediately. Do I stand a better chance at preserving the drive this way?<br><br>[color:purple]Work With ____! </font color=purple>
If I was thinking about more storage space at home:<br><br>Your solution:<br>500GB firewire for $150.<br>(or 1TB for $300)<br><br>Steve Job's solution:<br>1TB for $500 using Time Capsule<br><br>Seems a no brainer. 500-300=200 bucks saved but what do you get in addition if you drink Kool Aid.<br>1) Airport Extreme built in.<br>2) A wireless router with 4 hardwire ethernet ports.<br>3) A USB printer connection.<br>4) 1TB accessible by entire network including wireless.<br>5) Time Machine backup.<br><br>The 500GB Time capsule is 300 bucks. Twice what you pay for your firewire drive. But look at all the Kool Aid you get to drink!<br><br><br><br><br>
One was from a 500G My Book purchased last August, WD will replace it. The other has a build date of March 2005, out of warranty. They were both run 24/7 or whenever the computer was on. By turning your drive on only when needed it will probably outlive its usefulness in size.<br><br>Of course the customer with the My Book called it a backup, even though it was the only repository for the data. He had high school football footage on it, hundreds of hours of work. I was able to recover their important data by putting it into my PC, the Mac would recognize it but not mount it. Couldn't format it on either the PC or Mac though after recovery.<br><br>It was an expensive learning experience for the kid.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
The Time Capsule is a good idea like Luc said, if you have multiple computers, need a wireless router, and need to share a printer between computers.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Reboot on 01/19/08 01:25 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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