I’ve been looking for a solid storage solution primarily for digital photos and video which currently consumes just over 110GB of disk space (50GB/photos and 60GB/video). I was in CostCo (a “big box” warehouse store) the other day and they are currently selling the 1 terebyte Wester Digital MyBook Pro Edition II with the triple Firewire/USB interface for $369 which appears to be a very competitive price according to Froggle. I’d done quite a bit of searching for good solutions and this seems to fit the bill fairly well especially considering it has the flexibility to easily support both RAID 0 and RAID 1, my preference.
So, I get the box home and I’m excited to get it hooked up and put an end to the constant stream of DVD’s I’ve been burning which covers only photos since the videos are too large. The MyBook couldn’t really be much easier to to install, pop in the CD, hook up the desired I/O interface cable, firewire 400 in my case and plug it in. Unfortunately, that’s where my experience ended, the small led indicator on the AC adapter brick lit up but the device never responded. The blue indicator lights on the front never flickered nor did the power button respond. I thought I’d noticed a hint of an electrical smoke smell briefly after I plugged it in and I’m guessing that had something to do with it. I fooled around for a bit adjusting the connections but the device was simply dead. Having purchased it at CostCo returning it other than a trip to the store was painless though I didn’t have time, with two tired kids in the cart, to wait in line to pick up a replacement so I’ll have to wait for another day.
I really like the device and even though I’ve read about it being rather loud I don’t intend on having it on all the time so that doesn’t really both me unless it wakes the kids which I can’t imagine.
Btw, in case you’re wondering the screenshot here is a picture of $g(WinDirStat) of my existing backup drive which is a $g(LaCie 250GB USB external drive) of which I’ve recently found some not so glowing reviews.
What are you doing for storage? What about some of the available online storage solutions?