Good day all,
I will be buying an external hard drive this week. I have searched the site for recent updates. I am considering the western digital my Book home 500gb, at Costco for $139.00.
Any one suggest not doing so? I know some of you on the board have one. Any updates on problem or issues? Is it very noisy?
Any other recommendations for the same price?
Lacie has nicer 500GB drives at Future Shop / Best Buy for the same price (at least last time I checked).
Both of these drives are USB2 only. I would spend a little extra for the increased speed and reliability of Firewire.
If you get the Home edition version : http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=10306518&whse=BCCA&Ne=4000000& eCat=BCCA|84&N=4008631&Mo=74&No=14&Nr=P_CatalogNam e:BCCA&cat=1333&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-CA&Sp=C&topnav=
you will get USB2.0 and Firewire 400 for $149.99
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I have read some complaints about the MyBook here on EhMac, but I do not know anyone personally that has ever bought one. For about the same money, the Seagate Free Agent Pro is a pretty good drive as well, and I have been using two of them since Christmas...
But again, make sure to get Firewire, even if it costs a little more and is a little more of a hassle to purchase - it is well worth it.
I purchased the MyBook Studio -- it has Firewire 800 and came pre-formatted for my iMac. The iMac has limited USB2.0 ports and I didn't want one permanently taken up with an external HD.
It's not the quietest drive in the world, though I have one of the early 1TB drives; perhaps the smaller capacities are more quiet.
The fact that it puts itself to sleep is a mixed blessing. I like the peace and quiet along with the energy savings, but I don't like waiting for it to spin up again when the OS decides that it needs to have access, such as when I go to save a file, launch a new finder window, etc.
I have both a WD my book (USB only) and a G drive Q (firewire). While my WD my book has never failed me and works very well for what i purchased it for (large storage of home made videos) I love the speed of my G drive. The firewire works at lightening speed. But cost wise, You can't beat the 1tb for $199 on the WD my book.
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