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    Storage solution

    Although not directly related to LW I'm trying to find an optimal solution for external storage.
    Right now I've got several SATA drives laying around that I plug ocasionally with a USB adapter http://www.newertech.com/products/usb2_adaptv2.php
    What I want is some device in which I can stack my SATA HDDs and plug them with only one Firewire/ USB connector.
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    I've been eyeing this one for a while

    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-301110U-...8557772&sr=1-1

    you can daisy-chain these with FW800 cables -
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    Use a Networkable storage Like a MyBook

    Network Storage is faster than Firewire or usb..
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    For data xfer rates, you'll probably want to look at a drive with FireWire 800 interface. USB drives will transfer slower and I don't believe they show up on a network if you have a network.

    The LaCie Quadro is a good product, we have several at work and they've been pretty dependable. We had two of them go down (out of seven), but we use them for video editing drives so they get used constantly.

    We've also acquired a couple of G-Technology's G-Safe drives. An external enclosure that houses two drives in a RAID 1 configuration. Their drives come pre-formatted for Mac too.

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    I just got a 1 TB MyBook from Best Buy for around $250 and it works great.

    Just like having a dedicated server for storage and it made screamernet setup a bit easier too since you don't have one node hosting the content directory, etc.
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    Thanks for the feedback. Have anybody tried this one?:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...g/MEFW924AL2K/
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    No, that seems a bit uncommon though. I think most look for an out-of-the-box solution, not just a drive enclosure. It looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollerJesus View Post
    I just got a 1 TB MyBook from Best Buy for around $250 and it works great.

    Just like having a dedicated server for storage and it made screamernet setup a bit easier too since you don't have one node hosting the content directory, etc.
    Hope that's running as RAID 1. I picked one of those 1 TB units for additional external storage and the second drive in the unit died within 2 weeks. Thankfully, the other unit kept running and I lost nothing. WD at least enables RMA via their web site and the replacement drive turned up quickly enough (assuming you go with the advance replacement and have a credit card handy with room for a $700 soft hold), but they don't pay for return shipping.

    The new unit is now 1 week old....we'll see if it lasts.

    The MyBook series does not have a reputation for being reliable; my earlier 500 GB unit is also showing signs of problems with data exchange over the firewire port causing it to panic, so it's used as a scratch disk and has big warning stickers all over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toby View Post
    I've been eyeing this one for a while

    http://www.amazon.com/LaCie-301110U-...8557772&sr=1-1

    you can daisy-chain these with FW800 cables -
    We have three of these in the office and they've run really well. They are just used for file backup so they are not really abused, but they are very solid cases and they have USB2, Firewire400 and Firewire800 ports which is really nice.

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    I also have that unit Petrus01, just a little noise for my taste. But, I use it as a back-up drive, so it's not always on. I do recommend; http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministackv3. I have two v2 models. They are super quiet and I used them both with my own 80G and now 500G drives. I plan to get two more 500 or > in the near future.

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