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Old November 13th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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A new external hard drive for my new Mac.

Right I have just ordered a Mac Book Pro. I have been advised to get an external hard drive and make sure its got firewire 800. Any recommendations? I've been told to get a Lacie, but I dont really know what im looking at? could I have some links to some models I should be looking at please?

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Old November 13th, 2006, 11:34 AM   #2
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Don't by Western Digital MYBOOKS, they're pure crap. Lacie has a good rep, mostly manufactures use each other's stuff, such as Lacie using Western Digital drives. For example, you could get two externals that have the same drive, but the casing, connection etc be different. Lacie's have a good rep.

Again, don't buy a MYBOOK, or any smart drive for that matter, see my long post on the MYBOOKS somewhere in this forum.

I wonder if anyone from WD is following me anymore.
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Old November 13th, 2006, 11:47 AM   #3
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-Formac-250...em320048079018

Any thoughts on this drive?
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Old November 13th, 2006, 12:48 PM   #4
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Hi Ben,

I've been recommended the G Raid external drive - 2x 250gb Firewire 800.
Once the pennies add up I'll be grabbing myself one/two of these. The lack of one has held me back editing HDV for the moment.

Take a peek:

http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-raid2.cfm
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Old November 13th, 2006, 01:44 PM   #5
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G-Raid is the way to go... you can also check out Gryphon and other high end options. Lacie may have some good reviews by some but they have had MAJOR problems with some enclosures, it is hit and miss. Same with Maxtor and WD externals. The G-Tech, MiniG, Gryphon and other high end HDDs are going to be the ONLY ones with very solid reviews by users.

A quick visit to Cnet or other consumer review sites should make it easy to check all the low to medium end options off your list.



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Old November 15th, 2006, 04:19 PM   #6
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Don't by Western Digital MYBOOKS, they're pure crap.

I wonder if anyone from WD is following me anymore.
Are you speaking for everyone, or just your personnal experiance with one. I like to know what problem you had.

Thanks in advance.

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Old November 15th, 2006, 10:36 PM   #7
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Are you speaking for everyone, or just your personnal experiance with one. I like to know what problem you had.

Thanks in advance.

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Both, my personal experience was in short, I had the drive, I put video on it, the drive went bad, specifically the drive would go to sleep or turn itself off without warning. So I transferred the content and took the drive back. Well, I was then stuck with the smart drive software on my computer, but I couldn't uninstall the software on my pc without the software on the drive. Well it was back at the store. So I contacted western digital for help, but I couldn't download the software without the serial number on the drive. Western Digital refused to allow me access to the software on thier site without a serial. I was eventually able to find a solution, no thanks to Western Digital.

I have a friend who does tech support for public schools, he told me that the school bought a bunch of mybooks and they had a lot of them die.

So that's the perspective I was speaking from. If you look at the price compared to what else is out there, I suspect that the Mybooks are cheaper, well, because they're cheaper.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 01:11 PM   #8
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Go for the G-Tech drives. I have two 1TB drives and the service in the LA office is great.

I understand from multiple postings on various boards that the LaCie's are to be avoided.

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Old November 17th, 2006, 03:48 AM   #9
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If you've got a Macbook Pro (as I have) why not make use of the Expresscard slot?

Firmtek produce a eSATA Expresscard + 2 Drive enclosure for about £200+VAT. Add 2 x SATA drives of your choice and configure them as a Striped pair and you'll have an excellent portable Video RAID. It will be twice as fast as a FW800 solution and less expensive than those G-Tech solutions.

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Old November 17th, 2006, 08:12 AM   #10
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Ben

If you've got a Macbook Pro (as I have) why not make use of the Expresscard slot?

Firmtek produce a eSATA Expresscard + 2 Drive enclosure for about £200+VAT. Add 2 x SATA drives of your choice and configure them as a Striped pair and you'll have an excellent portable Video RAID. It will be twice as fast as a FW800 solution and less expensive than those G-Tech solutions.

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Hi Tony: supposing one had this set up you describe, would it be possible to capture to one of the SATA drives from a camera that is connected to the Macbook Pro's firewire 400 port?

To the original poster: I recently bought a MyBook Pro (the one with the firewire 800 port on it), and guess what -- the firewire 800 ports did not work. The firewire 400 and USB ports were fine, but not the 800. So I returned the MyBook, haven't decided what I'm going to replace it with yet.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 09:59 AM   #11
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Hi Tony: supposing one had this set up you describe, would it be possible to capture to one of the SATA drives from a camera that is connected to the Macbook Pro's firewire 400 port?
Yes absolutely.

You do not have to use both drives in RAID configuration. They can be set up as two separate drives.

You have a choice of the following:

2 separate drives
RAID Mirrored Set
RAID Striped Set.

I have the two drives in the enclosure configured as a RAID Striped set with two Western Digital 500 GB RE2 drives.

The whole system couldn't be easier to setup and is very portable if you need >>100 MB/s RW on the move.

In answer to your second point I can't speak highly enough of my MBP 17" & FCS and Shake etc etc. I can do anything anywhere anytime. Cue Bond music..


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Old November 20th, 2006, 06:26 PM   #13
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Go for the G-Tech drives. I have two 1TB drives and the service in the LA office is great.

I understand from multiple postings on various boards that the LaCie's are to be avoided.

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I use LaCie Firewire drives exclusively and have never had a problem. Best drives I have experienced thus far. Of course, the jury is still out. My Maxtor external started to sputter after 4 years. The LaCie's have not met that time frame.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #14
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Just to confuse -;)

My 2 MyBookPro 500Gb drives have been flawless since I bought them.

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Old November 20th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #15
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And, while I'll admit to being an absolute know-nothing on FCP, I have to say that the THREE MyBook drives I am using work flawlessly, as well. I bought two 500 gig drives and one 1,000 gig drive.

The fan on the 1,000 gets loud from time to time, but it works perfectly otherwise.

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