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What are the main differences between the Western Digital “My Passport,” “My Passport Essential,” and “My Passport Studio” external hard drives?

My goal is to buy a 2TB external portable drive for use with my current MacBook Pro (Mid-2007) and for use with my next Mac (hopefully the rumored 15" MacBook Air). I'm planning to buy a Western ...
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211 views

Finder Error -36 with Console I/O Error - potential causes?

I'm copying a lot of data between two hard drives. The first one (the source) was getting a lot of repetitive Finder Error -36 codes. Scanning the Console this is linked to an I/O Error coming from ...
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632 views

Why won't my drive boot over FireWire?

I have a brand new Western Digital MyPassport Studio, which I'd like to use as a utility drive. It will boot my Mac Pro over USB, but not over FireWire 800. Western Digital's support basically told me ...
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Force unmount on OS X Lion

I have a WD External hard drive that I believe is defective. Every now and then it simply hangs and its unresponsiveness makes finder stop responding. It will not reset itself until I disconnect the ...
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342 views

Can daisy chained external hard drives all be bus powered?

Say I have two (or even more!) Firewire 800 bus powered external hard drives. Will all of them be fully powered (and not require an external power source) when I daisy chain them onto my computer? Or ...
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161 views

What is powering up my external unmounted firewire drive?

I have two external hard discs connected through firewire 800 to a Macbook Pro. Usually I only work with one, so I unmount the other, which powers down. However, after some time the unmunted hard disk ...
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165 views

Why do firewire drives on Mac OS cause processes to go into uninterruptible wait?

I have a Western Digital My Passport Studio external hard drive. It works with either Firewire 800 or USB 2.0. I've noticed that when I have it connected to Firewire, after a few hours, processes on ...
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2answers
399 views

PATA to SATA convertor for FW400 enclosure?

I have a decent USB2/FW400 HD enclosure with an old 250GB PATA HD inside. I am using its FW400 interface. I would like to reuse the box with a newer SATA drive but I wonder if the SATA-PATA adapter ...
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348 views

Transfer rate for connecting multiple Firewire cables from external hard drive

What happens when I connect 2 Firewire cables from an external hard drive to a PC? Will the transfer rate doubles? Reason for asking: Throughput rate from our server to the external hard drive is too ...
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278 views

Best performance for small files on external drive?

Which bus has the best read/write performance for small files when used with an external drive? I'd guess eSATA, but the MacBook Pro in question lacks an ExpressCard slot. So it comes down to either ...
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767 views

Internal Small SSD, External (usb, firewire?) hard drive

This is three questions in one, but: I'm thinking about getting a Macbook Pro with an internal SSD, and the prices are prohibitive for anything aside from the 128GB SSD. So the questions are (links to ...
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Programs keep waiting for external disk to spin up - how to ignore disk?

Like many Mac users I have an external Firewire disk hooked up to my Mac to be used by Time Machine. This works very well, backup-wise. The problem is that very often when I use a Mac application and ...
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915 views

Why won't my Western Digital My Book Home 500GB drive mount on my Macbook Pro via Firewire?

I can connect the drive via USB and it mounts correctly. However, when I connect via FireWire, the drive powers down. The drive realizes that it is plugged in. When I plug in via FireWire, the ...
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148 views

help purchasing a firewire card and external harddrive

My brother wants a firewire card and 1TB external harddrive which I want to get him for Christmas. The thing is, I'm not sure I have all the information I need. He built his own computer which I know ...
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Using eSata on external hard drive

I have a Lacie D2 Quadra that I have been using through firewire 800. Mac pros at school have an eSata hookup, but my HD will not show up when I try to use it this way. I have assumed the drive is not ...
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Does FireWire 400 external HDD require addition power supply?

Could it support 1TB, or 2TB ? I've heard FireWire 800 can power big external HDD.
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Daisy-Chained firewire drives

I want to daisy-chain a couple of fw800 drives to my mac and sync data between them. If possible I would like to run software raid 1 on them. So I am looking for input around the following questions: ...