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Portable ext HD for mac


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 01:26 PM

macbook pro 10.6.8, 1 1394b, 3 USB2's

 

I want to get a 1T, 7200 rpm portable HD w/ 1394b and USB 2 or 3 ports, and a power cord. I have searched LaCie and WD websites and Amazon. I don't see any power cords at LaCie and no 1394 ports on the WD site - they only list their newest drives it seems. Amazon isn't listing the full specs of the drives they offer [that I can find] and NewEgg only offered a  few drives. The world changed again while I wasn't watching.

 

I have been backing up to a LaCie portable rugged w. the 1394b powering the drive with no problem. I am going to update to el capitan any millennium now and I intend to keep the LaCie w/ its current clone of 10.6.8 as is in case there is a problem w/ the upgrade process.

 

I apparently did not purchase a power cord w/ the LaCie, which is very unlike me since I always go for redundancy when possible. I once had a supposedly USB powered drive where the USB2 did not provide enough power, but it had a power cord and I could transfer data using the USB cable & power cord. I have USB2 on my mac, so I'd like to have a power cord in case my 1394b port goes bad I still have the USB option.

 

Does anyone know of a portable w/ these features?

 

PS - I just looked at the cables that came w/ my Lacie Rugged and there is one that has the small round connector that usually plugs into a device while the other end plugs into a power outlet. But this one has the flat, rectangular USB connector at the other end. Do you use 2 USB ports to power and transfer data? Maybe my LaCie never had a power cord option. The small round opening on the back is obviously for this USB cable.


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Posted 29 June 2017 - 02:23 PM

Here's one. You'll need to buy the optional AC power adapter for it though.



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

Thanks buddyme2. I followed the links and purchased the OWC On the Go and the adapter. I never would have found that site wi/ my googling attempts. I just got sent to Amazon and BestBuy and neither seems to carry portable HDDs w/ 1394b anymore.


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WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 05:03 PM

Ive bought a few hard drives and external hard drive cases from OWC and so far I haven't had any problems with any of them. let us know what you think of the new external hard drive.






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