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Smed1065
10-03-2007, 11:19 PM
What is the best deal you have got on a external HD within the last month? Over 300 GB's as well.

Yes, I use all the deals, websites and woots but just want to check before I get a new one.

Is SATA the best to go with on a new external HD with 2.0, not heavy use so I do not think I need a firewire connection.

TIA.

Short Leash Hootie
10-03-2007, 11:40 PM
I just did a quick search on newegg and found a 5 star rated 500 GB external for 115.00...seems like a decent deal...I bought a 320 GB external from Tiger Direct a few months ago for 89.99 (has since went down to 69.99 on newegg)...anyways, here's the link...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822154150

You could probably find even better on newegg, just read customer reviews, they are pretty useful...

Lzen
10-04-2007, 10:49 AM
http://www.buy.com/prod/western-digital-my-book-premium-edition-ii-1tb-7200-rpm-triple/q/loc/101/204211850.html

Baby Lee
10-04-2007, 10:54 AM
http://www.buy.com/prod/western-digital-my-book-premium-edition-ii-1tb-7200-rpm-triple/q/loc/101/204211850.html
ROFL - not even best deal on page

gblowfish
10-04-2007, 11:26 AM
I really like Other World Computing in Chicago. I have two firewire drives and an internal hard drive I've bought from them, all have been rock solid.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

Braincase
10-04-2007, 12:00 PM
I've got a couple of WD MyBooks, as well as 120 GB Passport for my notebook. I like them well enough that I'll probably buy the 1 TB unit that supports firewire before the end of the year.

Mr. Laz
10-04-2007, 12:00 PM
MAXTOR 200GB ONETOUCH III USB 2.0 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE - T01E200.

$89.99

FRYS.com #: 5239637

* Maxtor OneTouch button-the easy way to make backup copies of your files
* Maxtor DriveLock protects contents of drive in case of loss or unauthorized use
* Simple Maxtor user-interface for drive management, security and backup scheduling
* System Rollback-rolls back your PC system settings to a better point in time while keeping data current
* Automatic Synchronization of data between two or more computers
* Soft-touch over-mold enables stable grip for transport

http://shop1.outpost.com/%7ByDPU1EkHeW2NV6+bj3gJig**.node2%7D/product/5239637;jsessionid=yDPU1EkHeW2NV6+bj3gJig**.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

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MAXTOR 320GB USB2.0 EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE - U01H320
Maxtor:
FRYS.com #: 5239627

Easy add-on storage for home or office. Instantly expand your storage to hold digital photos, music, and data files. It's simple to install--just plug the external drive into an available USB 2.0/1.1 port on your PC. You can even improve the performance of your computer by moving your files over to the Personal Storage 3200, PC compatible.

Limit 4 per Household.
(when purchased between 10/01/2007 and 10/12/2007)

In stock, same day shipping
Detailed Description | Tell a friend| Warranty Info
Maxtor

Price: $ 79.99

http://shop1.outpost.com/%7ByDPU1EkHeW2NV6+bj3gJig**.node2%7D/product/5239627;jsessionid=yDPU1EkHeW2NV6+bj3gJig**.node2?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Lzen
10-04-2007, 12:09 PM
ROFL - not even best deal on page

Heh, oops.

Braincase
10-04-2007, 01:21 PM
COuple of weeks ago, Microcenter in KC (Metcalf) had a 500 GB external USB 2.0 for $100.00, but I'd rather have a little more control over which mfg's HD I throw in there.

Baby Lee
10-04-2007, 01:25 PM
Heh, oops.
Go big or go home!!

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=205075640

Mr. Laz
10-04-2007, 01:30 PM
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=170388&WT.mc_n=93&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=BIZRATE&cm_pla=DATAFEED-%3EPRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=93

Maxtor 300GB "OneTouch III" External Hard Drive

MXT T01H300
300GB capacity
7200RPM spindle speed
USB 2.0 connection

Portable backup & storage
One-button backup
For PCs

Price was: $179.99
You save: -$70.00
You pay: $109.99

Free shipping on orders $24 and up

Smed1065
10-04-2007, 05:24 PM
Thanks all for the info and links.

I have been looking @ MyBooks.
Buy.com had a 500 GB essential for 119.00 with free shipping using Google checkout. edit. Now it is 138.00 :banghead:

I always forget about Frys for some reason.

This seems like a good deal:

Seagate FreeAgent Pro Data Mover
500GB eSATA, Firewire & USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
Seagate:
* Capacity: 500GB
* eSATA, Firewire 400 & USB 2.0
* 16MB Buffer
* 7200RPM
* 5 Year Warranty
Price: $ 159.99

http://shop3.outpost.com/%7BCea7VWQ0CjAzMM7Y8xyJvQ**.node2%7D/product/5217457

Bob Dole
10-04-2007, 05:39 PM
I really like Other World Computing in Chicago. I have two firewire drives and an internal hard drive I've bought from them, all have been rock solid.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

Do you have any experience with a USB external to be able to determine whether the extra expense of the firewire gives you any real-world benefit?

(Bob Dole assumes this is your audio production machine...)

gblowfish
10-05-2007, 09:18 AM
I think the Firewire connection is just faster. I use a USB hard drive here at work to store art files from customers. But when I edit audio or video, I use firewire only.

Does that makes sense?

If the drive is just going to be used for file storage like pictures or documents, USB is fine. Lots of USB drives are only 5400rpm, not 7200rpm, which is what you really need for media.

For Media, Firewire is the only way to go.

Also I highly recommend either Seagate or IBM Deskstar drives.

My experience with Western Digital and (especially) Maxtor is those drives are CRAP.

Go with a Seagate whenever possible.

kepp
10-05-2007, 11:31 AM
I think the Firewire connection is just faster. I use a USB hard drive here at work to store art files from customers. But when I edit audio or video, I use firewire only.

Does that makes sense?

If the drive is just going to be used for file storage like pictures or documents, USB is fine. Lots of USB drives are only 5400rpm, not 7200rpm, which is what you really need for media.

For Media, Firewire is the only way to go.

Also I highly recommend either Seagate or IBM Deskstar drives.

My experience with Western Digital and (especially) Maxtor is those drives are CRAP.

Go with a Seagate whenever possible.
Interesting. I've had the exact opposite experience between WD & Seagate. I always get WD.

Short Leash Hootie
10-05-2007, 12:38 PM
well, my link was way better than the rest of these deals...has a high rating on newegg...and it's 500 GB for 114.99

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-05-2007, 01:44 PM
well, my link was way better than the rest of these deals...has a high rating on newegg...and it's 500 GB for 114.99

You really are a 13 year old girl. :shake:

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-05-2007, 01:46 PM
I think the Firewire connection is just faster. I use a USB hard drive here at work to store art files from customers. But when I edit audio or video, I use firewire only.

Does that makes sense?

If the drive is just going to be used for file storage like pictures or documents, USB is fine. Lots of USB drives are only 5400rpm, not 7200rpm, which is what you really need for media.

For Media, Firewire is the only way to go.

Also I highly recommend either Seagate or IBM Deskstar drives.

My experience with Western Digital and (especially) Maxtor is those drives are CRAP.

Go with a Seagate whenever possible.

Depends. Firewire 800 is faster than USB 2.0, but earlier releases of FW are not.

FW 400 is 393 MBits per sec, USB 2.0 is 480;

FW 800 is 786.


eSata is really kickass as far as transfer speeds go--2400 MBits

elvomito
10-05-2007, 02:15 PM
eSata is really kickass as far as transfer speeds go--2400 MBitsi use 2 external eSata 500gb WD drives... very nice n smooth. just hooked up a USB2.0 external and couldn't believe how much slower it is... its like going from cable modem to dialup. uggggh

on a side note, i don't think i'll every buy a WD drive again. both of the 500gb externals went out on me. while they did replace them for free, i spent $1125 on data recovery. ****IN BASTARDS

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-05-2007, 02:26 PM
i use 2 external eSata 500gb WD drives... very nice n smooth. just hooked up a USB2.0 external and couldn't believe how much slower it is... its like going from cable modem to dialup. uggggh

on a side note, i don't think i'll every buy a WD drive again. both of the 500gb externals went out on me. while they did replace them for free, i spent $1125 on data recovery. ****IN BASTARDS

I have a WD 320 gig Sata 1.5 that sounds like a goddamned buzzsaw half the time :eek:

the Talking Can
10-05-2007, 02:30 PM
i use a WD 500gb MyBook...thing is spotty, always have problems getting my dell to recognize it, makes a lot noise, doesn't seem that fast..

friend has one and has the same recognition problems...

elvomito
10-05-2007, 03:58 PM
I have a WD 320 gig Sata 1.5 that sounds like a goddamned buzzsaw half the time :eek:these are the sataII 3.0 gb/s
they sit out with opened cases and make zero noise

joanna521
10-08-2007, 09:41 PM
I got my Western Digital 320GB External Hard Drive FOR $130 last month
http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=605955
But I met another good deal recently, Maxtor 500GB External Hard Drive for only $100
http://www.dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?deal_id=62351