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Portable External FireWire Harddrive

megalomaniac Avatar
9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
Hi all,
I'm looking for a portable external harddrive for my dad to use with his Macbook Pro, preferably FireWire and preferably no need for any mains power. The only things I seem able to find with a decent capacity are either USB or need a mains power connection. Anything > 120Gb would be great.

Any suggestions?

Cheers
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Something like this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123736 or this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131727/ perhaps......any other suggestions? better prices for those drives or similar?
#2
Think the Iomega one looks the best bet: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123736 anyone know of anything cheaper than £75.73?
#3
As firewire is not powered they are either dual link like the Iomega one (takes the power from USB and transfers data by firewire) or uses external power. Many use 2 USB ports to pull power too. It will also drain the battery on his laptop very quickly.

If capacity is whats needed then I would get a 3.5" external with external power if portability is the more important I go for a hitachi 1.8" external as they are small and dont use much power the 60gb can be had for £60.

Or the 3rd option buy a bigger 2.5 SATA HD. If the mac is still under warrenty go to the apple store let them open the case put in the new drive and they will close it and put you a new warrenty seal on it.
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GAVINLEWISHUKD
As firewire is not powered they are either dual link like the Iomega one (takes the power from USB and transfers data by firewire) or uses external power. Many use 2 USB ports to pull power too. It will also drain the battery on his laptop very quickly.


FireWire IS powered: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FireWire some other implimentations of IEEE 1394 (like Sony's i.LINK) aren't :thumbsup:. Dual interface is exactly what I was looking at as it would just be nice to take advantage of the extra speed of FireWire as it's there, although one thing nowhere seems to mention about the dual interface drives is if they can be used as USB drives too? Or if that's just for power?

GAVINLEWISHUKD
if portability is the more important I go for a hitachi 1.8" external as they are small and dont use much power the 60gb can be had for £60.


Portability it the most important factor for him. Battery life isn't as important as speed, capacity and portability. But I'm afraid 60Gb is far too small, do you have any links to somewhere selling those? I wouldn't mind looking them up to see what other capacities are on offer.
#5
Well dealextreme is the cheapest but 60gb is the biggest, from what you have said portability and speed are needed most so upgrading the internal one is your best option.
As for firewire has the caperbility to support power if it is wired to do so. However the 2 laptops in my household that have firewire (HP+Medion)dont support power so I would check first. Most desktop firewire should support power.
Thats why external firewire products use usb to provide power and some use two usbs.
#6
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Well dealextreme is the cheapest but 60gb is the biggest, from what you have said portability and speed are needed most so upgrading the internal one is your best option.
As for firewire has the caperbility to support power if it is wired to do so. However the 2 laptops in my household that have firewire (HP+Medion)dont support power so I would check first. Most desktop firewire should support power.
Thats why external firewire products use usb to provide power and some use two usbs.


Yeah the Mac's have powered :thumbsup:. An upgrade of the internal isn't really an option as it's mainly for Time Machine and some work bits and bobs that he wants the external for. Thanks anyway mate :thumbsup:
#7
Ok I've narrowed it down to two drives:

160Gb Seagate FreeAgent Go USB £71.42 delivered at Scan: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=575231 which I like as is comes with a five year warranty, although it is just USB but I'm sure he can live with that :thumbsup:.

Iomega 160GB Portable Hard Drive Silver Series FireWire/USB £76.57 delivered at eBuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123736, which has the FireWire and would suit the MacBook Pro aesthetically.

Might get one myself actually, both look nice drives. Can anyone beat those prices? They are the best I can find but still seem a bit steep to me for a HDD.
#8
megalomaniac
160Gb Seagate FreeAgent Go USB £71.42 delivered at Scan: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=575231


Found the seagate £68.74 delivered at dabs.com, anyone beat that? Or any one know of other discounts available on Dabs (or any of the other shops listed for that matter)?

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