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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 11:26 PM   #1
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Wink External Hard Drive Recommendations for Time Machine

What brand of external hard drive should I buy?

Right now, I'm thinking of buying a Newertech Ministack V3 because it has firewire 800 which my iMac has and it has an intelligent fan design which runs if it gets too hot. My iMac is inside an armoire.

External Hard Drives by NewerTech® - miniStack® v3 for any Mac or PC

I also read somewhere that heat is one of the leading cause of hard drive failures therefore important to have a fan built-in to the hard drive. Having Firewire 800 I'm thinking that I don't have to use the enclosed AC adapter.

But I find this product a bit on the expensive side. And I don't know what else is considered a good external hard drive.

Your suggestions please.
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Old Nov 1st, 2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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Buy it. That's very good pricing for FireWire800 AND eSATA interfaces, and port functionality.
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Except there is no speed gain over FW 400 on any single drive other than a Tornado.



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I just bought a hard drive for time machine. now i need it for other things, can i just eject it and use it for whatever?
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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 05:39 PM   #5
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The doc is right - sustained disk transfer rates on a single disk are far lower than what FW800 provides. No need to pay extra for FW800 (forget e-SATA) for a single disk enclosure.
If you have a RAID group spanning 4 or more drives, you can drive combined transfer rates up closer to the pipe bandwidth.
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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 05:41 PM   #6
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I just bought a hard drive for time machine. now i need it for other things, can i just eject it and use it for whatever?
If you no longer want to use TM or have the protection it provides, you may stop TM from system preferences and use the disk for whatever.

If you wish to continue using for TM, but only temporarily want to use available unused storage for other things, you can switch off TM, create a folder for your personal use. Once you're done, delete your folder and turn on TM again.
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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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Time Capsule is coming out in a few days. You can preorder now. Wireless etc etc...
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I think I will order a time capsule. Can it be hooked up as a central backup to more than one mac via wireless. I have 3 macs I would like to backup with it wirelessly.
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Yes, that was part of the purpose to making the product. They wanted to be a shared repository for multiple macs.

What I am not 100% sure on (though I think it's possible) is whether time capsule can be partitioned, and use part of it as as a regular drive.
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I'm happy with my 500 Gig Western Digital MyBook with 2 FireWire and USB. I divided it into two partitions (250 each) one for extra file storage from my mac and a bootable master system backup, and one for time machine.
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