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Bus Powered external fw 800 Drive

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Feb 25, 2008 8:59 PM
Hi! I am going sttrongly concidering buying a Lacie 250GB bus-powered Firewire 800 Hard drive. I know it is bus powered but I can not seem to find out how much energy that it uses to spin up. Would my 15" macbook pro be able to support it through the firewire 800 port while on battery? I am going to buy this drive to acompany Aperture 2 so I can have a good, fast drive to store my files on when I am on the road. This hard drive is found at http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10949.
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Macbook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5), 2.16 Ghz
  • chaos.theorist Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2008 3:39 PM (in response to Cinnamon353)
    yes, it is bus powered. never seen it before - but all i did was follow the link that you posted, pulled up the datasheet, and there it read, "bus-powered". not to be a jerk or anything...but read the site! lol

    you provided ME with the answer...
    17" Hi-Res MacBook Pro 2.6Ghz/4GB RAM/200GB 7200 RPM HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • The Mad Hatter Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
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    Feb 26, 2008 4:58 PM (in response to chaos.theorist)
    If you "read" Cinnamon's post, you would see he/she was asking if a MBP's FW800 would have enough bus-power to power it while on battery. Sadly, I don't have an answer myself... sorry.

    <theMadHatter waits patiently for CT to remove his foot from his mouth>
    AiMBP 15" 2.4GHz C2D 2GB, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Brian Caslis Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
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    Feb 26, 2008 5:08 PM (in response to Cinnamon353)
    I haven't tried this specific drive, but I've used the smartdisk firelite 160GB drive and a hitachi 200GB 7200rpm drive in an enclosure from transintl.com as bus powered drives on fw800 when on battery with no problem on both MacBook Pro 15" and 17" models. Don't see any reason that drive wouldn't do the same.
    MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 17" HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4GB RAM, 200GB 7200rpm HD; iPhone
  • jonnyukbravo Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2008 8:52 AM (in response to Cinnamon353)
    Hi - I have used the Lacie Little Big drives and they are great. I use the 7200 rpm as it's for video and they also have two FW800 ports allowing you to attach as many as you like in a series. It also has a FW400 port for attaching other deivces.

    They also make a Rugged drive that is bus powered but this only has one FW800 port so you would need to swap if media was on several drives for video editing etc.

    Cheers
    Jonnyukbravo
    Macbook Pro 2.4, 4 gb RAM, 160 G hd., Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • chaos.theorist Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 27, 2008 10:17 AM (in response to The Mad Hatter)
    lol - it's firmly lodged between my teeth. i've been trying to remove it all morning.
    17" Hi-Res MacBook Pro 2.6Ghz/4GB RAM/200GB 7200 RPM HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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