I'm a film student looking into purchasing an external hard drive for mainly digital video purposes, but also for backups and probably regular use with my computer and I will be running between my university's computers(mac for doing log and capture) and my own(PC) often. I'm looking to spend between $100-$200 for a 120gb-200gb drive (been looking on Ebay and www.pricewatch.com
I have a number of questions:
Which is better? A name brand manufactured 3.5" external hard drive or a house band enclosure/name brand hard drive combo?
Is there a performance difference between the two? (I heard that because name brand external hard drives perform faster and better because they are made exactly for fast and portable use whereas enclosure/hard drive combos are slower because they perform as an internal hard drive, hence is slower (is this just bull?))
If name brand: does it matter if it doesn't have a fan? Is there danger of overheating because of the lack of a fan?
If house brand: Do I need to find an enclosure with a fan included or does it not matter? (cooler hdd is, the more reliable?)
Is it even worth it to look into enclosures or drives with 1394b firewire 800 when university macs only have 1394a?
That's all I can think of right now to ask so please reply soon and thank you in advance.