Today I went out to buy an external hard drive to backup my Mac, remove all the load on my small hard drive and set everything ready for the arrival of Time Machine once it comes out on OS X 10.5 Leopard. I have checked almost every store at Bin-Khaldon street looking for something above 250GB+ and the more I looked the more my options were narrowed. Finally I have limited my search between:-
All of them work on power supply and all are @7200RPM. All other 320GB+ are overpriced and exceed my need of empty space since I have just a couple of Top Gear episodes, torrent movies and a fine collection of Mac Applications.
I was going for Western Digital My Book but the fact that it only runs on USB made me think twice, so is the Seagate and the customized one. Therefore I went for Maxtor OneTouch since it's the only one that runs on USB + FireWire 400.
Now that I have it running on my Mac, I have never been more relieved. My internal hard disk has more than 30GB of free space and everything is working great but there's one downside, it only works with power supply (problem for all those big external hard drives). It's not a big problem but it is kind of annoying.
A small problem I had is that the drive was originally formatted to NTFS and couldn't be recognized by my Mac so I had to reformat it to FAT32. If only WineDoze can handle the Mac Journaled format that would've been even better.
Pros: USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 ports, Easy Backup in a touch of a button (software for both Mac and Win), extremely quiet.
Cons: Bulky design, Huge size, Needs power supply.