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I want to put together my own external hard drive. It must have a firewire 400/800 port, be powered by USB, be 1TB, and preferably very fast... for under $150. Is this possible?

I read a crap ton of reviews on different external hard drives and I don't even feel like dealing with all the problems that people said there WD's and Seagates and all those other ones have. I'd like to know whats in it and be able to take it apart and work on it without voiding warranty. Anyways any help is appreciated, maybe you can suggest a good external harddrive for this price that's already built? I just don't want problems with it down the road.
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Just a quick search yielded only this option (others may be more successful)

$175, but it has everything you want.

You don't have to get the 1TB drive. you could get something smaller and meet your budget.





Or this setup
$105



Edited by NitroNarcosis - 3/17/11 at 12:27pm
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Or this set upSeagate ST2000DL003 Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive $80.00
LaCie Quadra 2TB USB/FireWire/eSATA External Drive $120.00
I'm not sure it is the best set up, though. Hope u find the best bet. Good luck, there.
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Originally Posted by jazn678 View Post
I want to put together my own external hard drive. It must have a firewire 400/800 port, be powered by USB, be 1TB, and preferably very fast... for under $150. Is this possible?

I read a crap ton of reviews on different external hard drives and I don't even feel like dealing with all the problems that people said there WD's and Seagates and all those other ones have. I'd like to know whats in it and be able to take it apart and work on it without voiding warranty. Anyways any help is appreciated, maybe you can suggest a good external harddrive for this price that's already built? I just don't want problems with it down the road.

1) Do you really need firewire 800/400 over USB 3.0?
2) Are you looking for a 2.5" external or a 3.5" external?

Best 3.5" enclosure with your requirements: $85
DataTale 3.5-inch FireWire 800/400, eSATA, USB External Enclosure

Best 3.5" USB 3.0 enclosure: $25
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Best performance/value storage drive: $62
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200rpm

Best GB-per-dollar deal: $69

Edited by cozmo5050 - 3/17/11 at 8:35pm
    
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