NewEgg sells 1TB for less…what’s the difference?


I’m looking into backing up my the information on my Mac since recently going through the scare of losing information or having my mac crash on me. I began looking around for an external hard drive and wanted to find a one-time purchase for as cheap as possible.

So with my newly pledged loyalty to Apple, I went over to the Apple store and checked out their external hard drive options. The first thing that pops up in the search engine is the wireless Time Capsules that Mac is selling. The 500 GB is going for $299.00 and the 1TB for $499.00. Since I cannot afford, nor do I need a wireless external hard drive, I proceeded farther down and locked onto the LaCie 1TB d2 Quadra Hard Disk
for $279.95.

But as I strayed away from the Apple Store and looked at NewEgg, I found a Lacie Design 301304U 1TB 7200 RPM USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $149.99. This seemed to be a similar product for a staggeringly cheaper price. I read the reviews and some did say that it could get hot after two hours and the usb cable is short, but those inconvenienes are worth the $130 different between the Apple Store Lacie product and the NewEgg product. There was also an obvious difference in between the d2 Quadra and the 301304U naming of the external hard drives, though it was difficult to know exactly what those differences were.

I’m wondering, what’s the difference and are the differences relevant for a guy like me that just needs to back up basic photos, videos and documents? Do I even need a 1TB external hard drive or should I just get for 500GB? I would appreciate any guidance or advice as I search for something to back up my information.

  1. I’m in the same situation as you. So far, I’ve kinda figured that I only need 500 GB. (C’mon, that’s twice my HD capacity!) Also, I’m hoping to snag a firewire 800 HD case so that I can backup quickly.

    However, I’ll probably get a cheap 500 GB, USB 2.0 HD from NewEgg/OWC.

    BTW, OWC has a rebate where you can send in your old Hard Drives, memory, etc, and get money back:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/Service/index.cfm (Click on “Rebate Center” in the left-hand column.)

    MacTipper says...
    October 13th, 2008 at 11:35 am
  2. We use a lot of harddrives here where I work. I work at a video production company so we need and go through tons of diskspace. Currently I can count up 15 Harddrives floating around the office ranging from 250 Gigs to Multiple TBs. We never buy anything from the apple store(other than desktops or laptops) because honestly it’s just all overpriced. We always use newegg or pricegrabber first when looking for something. And the apple store doesn’t offer anything special. There’s always a chance a harddrive will fail, no matter the brand. We’ve had a handful of HDs die on us from Lacies, to Buffalos, to Western Digitals to Apple HDs. All you can really do is protect it(don’t drop it/travel with it too often). You’re safest option would be to look into a RAID. Everything we do here has a copy in case that one drive goes out. We can replace it and duplicate it immediately. And if drives often and randomly fail you’ll want the cheapest solution to replace it.

    Just my 2 cents, good luck to ya.

    Anthony says...
    October 13th, 2008 at 4:58 pm
  3. Western Digital or Seagate. Wouldn’t choose any other because of price and reliability. Would choose Western Digital over Seagate. Your d2 Quadra contains many connection ports on the same drive, (as far as I can remember). There are both Seagate and Western Digital drives that offer the same interface at a much lower cost.
    And with regard to size, bigger is always better. Or, if you can afford it, a few smaller ones for separate information. I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Pro, 1TB and there are a couple of issues with two ports that broke, ie get the WD. But, I have two partitions on it that work great. One for Time Machine, one for data.

    blind.cripple says...
    October 14th, 2008 at 7:15 am
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