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Help - Firewire USB2 Hard Drive Cheapest?

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  1. richkeys

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    Help - Firewire USB2 Hard Drive Cheapest?

    i'm after a 100gB to 200gB external firewire/usb2 harddrive anyone know a good online retailer for this? i've been told more than £1 per gB is too much...

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    Richkey
     
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    Don't know about being the cheapest but Lacie triple interface drives (usb 2, firewire 400 & 800) are reliable, fast and well built.

    Something like this: http://www.macwarehouse.co.uk/product.aspx?SKU=E497301 seems a pretty good buy - 160gb, 7200rpm for 127quid.

    :edit: or theres a 250gb one on there for just over 150quid.
     
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    You might be better off buying an external enclosure case and an internal ide drive and putting the two together : its a piece of cake (wiring a plug is more difficult). I've got an icybox USB2/SATA (yep external sata) with a 300Gb maxtor hd in it . Works great fast enough to stream HD content.
     
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    Keith, sounds pretty good that do you have any links to the parts on how to do that as i wouldnt mind giving it a go, thanks inza.
     
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    Maxtor do some good/cheap external hard drives Ebuyer have a good selection in stock
     
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    icybox from scan.co.uk (they do numerous versions mine was about 30quid)
    HD whereever you can find one you want for a price you like. I went for the biggest one I could find which was a maxtor 300gb only 5400rpm but its fine even for streaming 1080i .ts and thats over USB2! Its a tad noisier than the seagate barracudas I normally use though.

    I did recieve in the post an external sata bracket from bytewize in Canada. At the time this was the only place I could find ( in the world) that sold one and it took them over 2 months to get it to me by which time I had actually cancelled the order! And I was using USB2 which worked fine but now I might switch to sata with the new bracket ( its not necessarily needed but I didn't want a cable hanging out from the motherboard.

    External sata is as fast as internal , no compromise with an external solution and its comparatively cheap if you have a free sata socket on your mobo.
    (the icybox I have takes a normal pata by the way not an sata drive even though it offers sata connectivity.
     
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    Keith so if i use an icybox via usb2 i could load a movie on that particular hard drive, then watch it from the same hard drive which should be quick enough to not cause any stopping of the video or stutter etc.
     
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    Certainly works for me . Make sure it is USB2 you are using though . I wouldn't trust USB1.0 but even that might be ok.
     

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