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Olly Lawer
Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 14, 2009 at 10:46:02 am

Hi,

I am extremely excited as i've finally (after a LOT of research) brought an EX1. It will arrive next week.
I need a really good external hard drive that will be fast, quiet and reliable as this will be my main storage device with my EX1.

Has anyone used the Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive? I have heard that Seagate are good. I'm a little confused as in the specs it says it is a Firewire 800, although then states it is a Firewire 400...?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150131/show_product_specifications#specificat...



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Noah Kadner
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 14, 2009 at 8:59:51 pm

Those are ok as shuttle drives but for primary editing I'd stick with G-Tech or CalDigit.

Noah

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Olly Lawer
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 14, 2009 at 11:29:29 pm

Hi,

Thanks for your reply. All three drives, Seagate, G-Tech or CalDigit all run at 7200rpm and have firewire 800. I'm interested to know the detail of what makes the G-Tech and CalDigit faster to edit with?

Also, out of the two (G-Tech or CalDigit) - which one is quieter?

Thanks



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Noah Kadner
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 15, 2009 at 3:23:39 am

Experience with seeing drives die... I couldn't tell you which one runs quieter to be honest I've never noticed any of them being particularly noisy.

Noah

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Olly Lawer
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 15, 2009 at 9:09:12 am

OK, thanks for this.

Just to throw another in...how does the OWC compare?

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEAQ7H1TB32M/

Just a shame I can't buy it in the UK, not sure how the warranty works if I buy from the US.



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Noah Kadner
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 15, 2009 at 3:15:02 pm

Had those die on me too. How much is your work worth to you? If it's worth more than a little- splurge on the good brands. :)

-Noah

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Steve Wargo
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 16, 2009 at 4:33:23 am

Whatever you buy, get two. Edit with one and back it up every night to the second one.

And, I'm not getting the noise question. On most of those drives, I usually have to touch it to make sure it's running. Except when the fans are running.

We have a shelf where we have our external drives and we have a small fan blowing on them. Heat kills drives.


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Jared Picune
Re: Seagate FreeAgent for Mac 1.5TB Hard Drive - any good?
on Feb 16, 2009 at 6:04:16 pm

CalDigit arrays are designed specifically for video editors. The entire system has been optimized for this purpose.

The CalDigit VR has an ambient temperature controlled smart fan that does not even run unless the unit needs the additional cooling. This reduces unwanted noise making the CalDigit VR a very quite array. Also the CalDigit VR has removable drive modules.

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