Which external hard drive to buy?

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Which external hard drive to buy?

I'm looking to buy and external hard drive, FireWire would be best. I'm going to use it for manual backup just now and then I'll probably use TimeMachine when Leopard finally gets here.

I was looking to see if anyonw had any suggestions for which hard drive would be best for my situation. I don't need any big, fancy RAID: just something simple. The Western Digital ones seem good value but I've not had much experience in this area.

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Here's something to keep in m

Here's something to keep in mind: Seagate external hard drives come with 5 year warranties, while the Western Digital ones are only 1 year. The price between them is pretty much the same.

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yeah, what he said, and . . .

since only buying a bare Seagate mechanism gets you that 5 year warranty, best course is to buy the drive and the case separately and put 'em together yourself (easy to do.)

For cases and drives, check usual suspects like geeks.com, macsales.com (OWC), zipzoomfly.com and newegg.com. I'd suggest going for a box with an Oxford chipset FW bridge, they seem to be the best, especially if you want the drive/case to be bootable.

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Re: yeah, what he said, and . . .

since only buying a bare Seagate mechanism gets you that 5 year warranty, best course is to buy the drive and the case separately and put 'em together yourself (easy to do.)

Seagate's external drives come with 5-year warranties too. I know this because I bought my father one for Fathers Day, and it said so right on the box.

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Re: yeah, what he said, and . . .

Didn't know that. Well, if one can get a decent deal on an external Seagate FW drive, I guess that might be the way to go.

Doc W, is the drive you bought for your father Mac FW bootable?

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The one I bought was USB 2.0

The one I bought was USB 2.0 only. But it was the cheap $100 Best Buy special. I would imagine that their combo USB/FW drives are bootable; I've never run across an external drive that wasn't.

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