External hard drive recommendations ???

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  1. domromer

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    I finally got all my photos together and it seems I have 110gigs of pics. I don't really want to store these all on my mpb. So it's time to buy an external hard drive. I don't really know much about them so I was hoping some of you guys could point me in the right direction. I'm looking to spend 150$ OR less. I'm looking for quality and storage capacity over speed.

    Also is their a way to save the photos on the external and still be able to use iphoto as my main photo viewer?
     
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    get some standard seagate or similar harddrive .. and get some external usb or whatever housing, connect, and wohaa :)
     
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    Most drives are made by Seagate or Western Digital these days, so take your pick. An off the shelf external 320 gig is about $100 these days. A housing and a standard 320 is about $100. So either way it's about the same.
     
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    Take a look at a 1 Terabite Western Digital World Book. About $300 but the case will contain two 500 gig drives. You can set it up to be a single 1 Terabite drive, or as two separate drives with one configured to be a mirror back up of the other. If you are running a photo business you can also connect this to a network as it has built connectivity.
     
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    I recommend buying two so you can have a second copy on the shelf. If you buy the drive and enclosure seperate pay attention to the interface so they are compatible. This can be a little confusing.
     
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    I used to agree with you astrostu, but I've been thinking twice about them lately after hearing the story posted in the Beyond the Basics forum about how they handled a customer having a drive break. Giving them the option of replacing the drive or the data but not both.
     
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    I have Lacie and have not had any problems (knocking on the proverbial wood), but recently I have heard from several sources that Lacie are not reliable and problematic. Maybe I am a lucky one, I dunno. Seagate on the other hand, routinely gets great reviews and they have been making hard drives for a long time.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. I've narrowed it down to a few models now I'm going to see who has the best prices. I think I'm going to end up getting it off Amazon as I have some credit there.
     
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    If you change your mind, I highly recommend www.NEWEGG.com
     
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    i had a lacie, the enclosure died on me a little after a year, so i bought a new enclosure and am still using the hard drive. i just purchased a western digital mybook and am happy with it. ive heard a few people having the same problem i had with my lacie, and thats what caused me to change brands for my second HD.

    i would personally stick with western digital or G-tech (a bit more expensive), g-tech has been getting good reviews and we have been using them at my workplace with no problems for about a year (im a apple computer tech).

    heres a link to their site:

    http://www.g-technology.com/Products/G-DRIVE.cfm
     
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    I know you might think it's more hassle than it's worth but if you have a large enough drive on your PC leave them there and use the external drive as a backup.

    If (sorry WHEN) the drive fails you do not want to lose everything do you?

    I speak from experience and now have a total of 9 hard drive devices at home ranging from 500Gb (external Seagate Drive) to 40Gb (Epson P-2000).

    Back up: backup: back up: backup: Back up: backup: back up: backup: Back up: backup: back up: backup:
     

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