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Last post: 1 year, 9 months ago | Thread started: Jul 31, 12, 10:50 a.m.

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  • npduggins

    Having had a couple of failed G-Techs, I would really love some advice / recommendations on a portable 1TB HD (ideally firewire800) for daily use. I often render directly and run my iTunes library from it so it is in pretty much constant use...

    thanks

    Jul 31, 12, 10:50 a.m. – Permalink
  • yurimon

    I usually get mine from macsales.com its seems to be cheap and good quality. no problems so far.

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 11:29 a.m. – Permalink
  • jaylarson

    seagate

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 11:32 a.m. – Permalink
  • vaxorcist

    I get two at a time, back them up to each other and/or another one.... I use Seagate but have a couple of Verbatims that are great...

    NOTE that it seems the ones with a fancy case may overheat more than the plain ones in my previous experience with an overheated LaCie... nice looking case though...

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 11:35 a.m. – Permalink
  • whereRI

    LAcie rugged with usb 3 works well for me, can render straight to it and work with footage off it

    • *LaCiewhereRI1/5
      YES. i've had 3 of these. all still running.doesnotexist2/5
      cheers - how would I connect USB3 to my macbook pro?npduggins3/5
      you can't. not without the newer MPBpango4/5
      I have a bunch with FW800, all still working.scoops5/5
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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 1:47 p.m. – Permalink
  • jamesjohnston

    Depends on how much you transport it. Lacie rugged if you want to move around.

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 3:38 p.m. – Permalink
  • CyBrainX

    They all break. They all suck. Make sure you back up. Ask people at your stores. They will tell you they last from a few months to about 3 years. Solid state drives are much more reliable but much more expensive.

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 3:47 p.m. – Permalink
  • akrok

    yeah. go SSD if you going to move it around a lot. but, it's pricey. yep.

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 4:11 p.m. – Permalink
  • doesnotexist

    +3 for LaCie rugged !!!

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    Dog-earJul 31, 12, 4:32 p.m. – Permalink
  • inteliboy

    The bloody usb 3 connectors on these drives are terrible - both a lacie rugged and 2 x WD mypassport of mine have broken (connector come loose). I don't smash them around either and try to be careful.

    Am thinking of getting a thunderbolt drive just so I don't have a to dick around with these fragile connectors and can plug in and out witout worrying.

    • I had similar experiences with dodgy USB3 connectors... ugh!
      vaxorcist
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    Dog-earNov 11, 12, 10:02 p.m. – Permalink
  • ETM

    I have a Pocketec Datastor drive from 2004 that is still going strong. Spent years in the laptop bag, back and fourth everyday. It still works like a top, but it's only 20gb so it's not so useful anymore.

    http://www.pocketec.net/

    • The drive itself was a 2.5" Fujitsu.ETM
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    Dog-earNov 11, 12, 10:12 p.m. – Permalink
  • orrinward2

    My advice is to get yourself a reliable drive and install it in a case yourself.

    But yes... Back up.

    I recommend Hitachi Travelstars. I've had failed 1TB Seagate and WD drives - One purchased in an Intenso case and the other in a Lacie case.

    These days I just order internal drives from a brand I like or a model that gets a particularly high rating and pop them in a case.

    'Lacie' doesn't mean the hard drive is reliable, it just means it's in a fancy case.

    For 2.5inch drives I'd keep to 500GB or less for now and switch them up. I say this as I've tried a bunch of 1TB 2.5's and only one is still alive. My uneducated guess is that they haven't quite got them right yet.

    • any case recommendations? Sturdy usb 3 that doesn't come loose off the circuit after a week.inteliboy1/3
      Fraid not. I only have 1 type of USB3 case and don't have a point of reference for performance.orrinward22/3
      It's a budget case so doubt it performs well.orrinward23/3
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    Dog-earNov 11, 12, 11:57 p.m. – Permalink
  • pango

    As far as converting between USB 3.0 and FW800... you're out of luck. I was just looking into that and I found none. people were saying that USB3.0 and FW800 reads file differently, so it's really difficult to come up with a solution...
    You're best solution is to buy a case that does FW and shelve a hard-drive in it.

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    Dog-earNov 12, 12, 12:17 a.m. – Permalink
  • pango

    As far as converting between USB 3.0 and FW800... you're out of luck. I was just looking into that and I found none. people were saying that USB3.0 and FW800 reads file differently, so it's really difficult to come up with a solution...
    You're best solution is to buy a case that does FW and shelve a hard-drive in it.

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    Dog-earNov 12, 12, 12:27 a.m. – Permalink
  • pango

    If you're not going to move the drive around. this guy will do the job just fine. USB3.0 and FW supported as well.
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/N…

    • need ot move and not worry about moving - even though it;s just rubber, i think that's why rugged are so popularinteliboy
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    Dog-earNov 12, 12, 12:33 a.m. – Permalink
  • formed

    They all break, it is just luck whether it happens when you need it.

    Buy the one that is on sale.

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    Dog-earNov 12, 12, 6:30 a.m. – Permalink

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