Happy with your external hard-drive???

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  1. stuart07970

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    I have lost the will to live!:eek::mad::eek:

    I have just had two Iomega 1TB Ultramax external drives DOA
    and refused to go into RAID1 mode.

    I've got an iomega 500GB minimax that seems OK but runs very hot!

    I've got another 250GB Lacie Porsche that is OK

    I bought a 500GB Lacie Porsche today that simply refuses to 'mount' !

    Is anyone happy with their external firewire HDD???
    I just need something to back up my 367GB iTunes library!

    Your recommendations please????:smashin:
     
  2. alanrob

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    I've got one of these chaps :D and it's been so easy to use since day one.

    Nice in quiet in operation it is too. Got it partitioned into 2 so that I can do a full mirror backup of my OS drive onto it and the rest used as a dumping ground for music and tv shows. Very fast transfers via Firewire 800.
     
  3. apolloa

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    How's about USB2 instead of firewire if it's just for backing up then speed ins't going to be an issue.
    You could also try the Western Digital My Book Pro. My brother in law has the Iomega MiniMax 320GB and loves it, runs fine so perhaps that's the way to go? You could stack them then.
     
  4. SanPedro

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    I've had lots of LaCie drives over the years without any problems with them.

    Use an ethernet drive as a mini file server on our local network and it runs just great.
     
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    I've got two 500gb Western Digital drives and would recommend them.

    They are quiet enough and seem able to cope with seeding almost 24/7 for bit torrent usage...:thumbsup:
     
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    I've got 2 Lacie Porsche drives (fw 400) and a WD Mybook pro (fw 800) - both perform brilliantly. Also have a few Sandisk portable drives which have never given me any problems.

    Have you tried a restart before plugging in your new Lacie? I had problems recently after plugging in a knackered Sandisk drive - other drives refused to mount for no apparent reason. A restart seemed to cure things.
     
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    Another thumbs up for a Western Digital My Book. I've got the 500gb Pro version. Never had a problem with it! (Touch wood)
     
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    MyBook gets a 5* rating from MacFormat.
     
  9. stuart07970

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    Hmm?

    I decided to go for another 500gb iomega minimax only to get it home and find that the lid was a couple of mm's open and damage to top edge of the casing!
    So much for quality control! (I must be the unluckiest man in the HDD world!)

    So I think its time for a refund and to get the my book 500gb PRO FW400/800 & USB2.0 (I guess Amazon is the place for a good price, and no-quibble returns?)

    Many thanks for all your advice!:thumbsup::smashin:
     
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    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl: :rotfl::rotfl:

    Sorry but I just couldn't help it! Do you feel like: :suicide: yet?
    Good luck with the Western Digital and I'm sure it'll be just fine but PLEASE let us know what it's like though eh?
     
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    I use the Freecom 400Gb and 500Gb drives.. I like the Western Digital ones, but IMHO I reckon the Freecom's are better.. :)

    Excellent bits of kit, silent, stable, passive cooled and they stack nice too.. :)

    (Oh and did I mention they're rather good value too - check out Amazon.co.uk)
     
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    I have a Western Digital Essentials 320Gb that has never given me any problems.
     
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    Is there a cheaper solution for a bus powered FW800 drive than the Lacie option? Like the idea of having fewer wires but can't see any others on the market.
     
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    Same here I have 2 of them (500GB My Book Pro) and they work well. They are formatted in FAT32 so they work with OS X right out of the box all I had to do was plug them in.

    My iTunes library is on 1 my Book Pro and the other is used as a back up.

    I did however have 1 issue. I was messing around and I crashed 1 hard drive and it would no longer mount and I could not repair it. I then wiped the drive and all was OK after that.

    Since then it has been working well.
     
  15. stuart07970

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    Many Thanks!

    I ordered a WD MyBook PRO 500GB for £101 from amazon.

    Fingers crossed it'll be OK:lease:
     
  16. Tenex

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    I have had 2 My Book Premiums daisy chained on a firewire cable for over a year. No problems, quiet and they start and stop as needed. Mine are reformatted as HFS+

    I'll buy a new MY Book Pro when I buy my new iMac after Leopard.
     
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    Anyone used one of these ?
     
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    Judging by the Amazon comments I would beware !!

    Shame as could make a great network music/video store :-(

    Jon
     
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    FWIW those 500Gb have come down to around £75 now.. ;) Check out Scan.co.uk or novatech.co.uk...

    How cheap is that?!? :D
     
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    They are officially not Mac compatible. They require Windows software to access the drive. If you find a way post it here as I'd buy one.

    Interestingly the entire My Book line has been revised in the past few days and now the "Office" (Pro) series has networking built in. Whether that makes it faster or not is unclear as it uses the same Windows software to access it see here http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=358&language=en
     
  21. stuart07970

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    Thanks for all the recommendations for the
    500GB Western Digital MyBook PRO.

    It seems to be working like a dream, so I've ordered another one!

    Thanks again guys! :smashin:
     

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