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Be wary of these, I was browsing at the Apple Store Eaton's Centre the other day and I saw two people bring them back. Apparently there is a known issue with the enclosure, it looks cheaply made. Just something to consider.
 

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Costco possibly has the best return policy of any store. If you need one, buy one. If it breaks down, Costco will more than likely give you your money back.

However they will NOT be able to get your data back!
 

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I don't doubt the drives themselves are sound, as WD is a fairly reputable company. Just be aware that opening the drive to retrieve your data (by breaking the enclosure's seal) will no doubt void your warranty / chances of being able to return it.
 

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My friend picked up a couple of these last week.

He's having a bit of problem running the backup software. Apparently one must reformat it as a Mac drive as it comes with Windows software preloaded.

It's a bit on the large size, but the dual firewire/usb ports are a bonus. One year warranty is not so hot but thats the same with most external drives i.e. LaCie.
 

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My friend picked up a couple of these last week.

He's having a bit of problem running the backup software. Apparently one must reformat it as a Mac drive as it comes with Windows software preloaded.

It's a bit on the large size, but the dual firewire/usb ports are a bonus. One year warranty is not so hot but thats the same with most external drives i.e. LaCie.
Forget the bundled backup software. Reformat the drive, completely, and backup using SuperDuper. It's free or there's an upgrade for a small fee.
 

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I bought the 1TB model (500x2) a few weeks ago. Liked the FW800 feature. Seems to be working great. This model also has a thermostatically controlled cooling fan. The instore price was $20 cheaper than the online price.
 

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Mine is the MyBook Premium 500G with FW800. It has a 3 year warranty, not a 1 year.
It has software that makes the front glow differently depending on the amount of data on the drive.
I chose this drive because it will actually shutdown and power off when I put my system to sleep. FW800 is very fast as well.
 

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I was at Costco yesterday... $199 in store. Back-up software works like a charm once you've reformatted the drive as a mac volume.

Warranty is a bit skimpy, but Apple sells the very same enclosure with the 250 gig at their store for around the same price so what heck.

If you already have an external case, Canada Computers has the Seagate 320 gig for less than $100.

MacDoc also has some good deals on externals if you're concerned about compatability. And if you have a problem the good Doctor is always there, I mean here!
 

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Yeah we just beat up our supplier on a bunch of Seagates so can offer the 500 gig with 3 year warranty 16 meg cache and Oxford 911 chipset for $229 - big drop.

Our TB Array also drops to $499.
 

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I have a couple questions if you guys can help?
Question 1? if I buy a 500G unit now and hook up to air port extreme. can I purchase another 500G(if i need) down the road and hook both up to air port extreme.
Question 2? can you hook up an external hard drive to airport express through the usb port.
 

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Mine is the MyBook Premium 500G with FW800. It has a 3 year warranty, not a 1 year.
It has software that makes the front glow differently depending on the amount of data on the drive.
I chose this drive because it will actually shutdown and power off when I put my system to sleep. FW800 is very fast as well.
Interesting, I was at Costco last night to by a drive. I bought the MyBook Premium 500GB but it only has FW400 and a 1 year warranty, but the front still glows differently based on the amount of data in the drive. The 1TB Premium however, had FW800 and a 3 year warranty.
 

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I have a couple questions if you guys can help?
Question 1? if I buy a 500G unit now and hook up to air port extreme. can I purchase another 500G(if i need) down the road and hook both up to air port extreme.
Question 2? can you hook up an external hard drive to airport express through the usb port.
You can chain the external hard drives using FireWire, not sure about USB2, or if the Airport Extreme hookup is by USB2, whether you can then chain via FireWire.

You cannot hook up an external hard drive to the Airport Express. The USB2 port is for a printer only, and it will print only (i.e., not scan or use other printer features), otherwise you need to manually hook it up.
 

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That's an intriguing question. I'd be really curious to know the answer to that one. Maybe I could split the USB port on my express and have one go to the printer, and one to a hard drive (if this is possible).
It was already answered. You can NOT hook up a drive to the Express. Only the new Wireless N extreme.
 

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I have a couple questions if you guys can help?
Question 1? if I buy a 500G unit now and hook up to air port extreme. can I purchase another 500G(if i need) down the road and hook both up to air port extreme.
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You can hook several external drives to the Airport Extreme via USB2. The "secret" is ensuring that you also purchase a USB2 hub to plug several of the drives in.

Look around on forums concerning speed though. I've heard a fair number of complaints that the "Airdisk" is rather slow. I also believe security is all or nothing. I don't believe it is possible to secure a particular folder on the drive(s).
 
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