Why I ask is that all these drives eventually suffer the same fate and sooner than most internal drives. Besides the drive, what backup copy is needed?
I decided I can't go on any longer without a portable HDD for video editing (can't upgrade my laptop for another 7 months thanks to Applecare's restrictions). So I scoured the web for a 7200rpm+FW800 option and boiled it down to either getting the Seagate 2.5 500GB 7200rpm HDD with OWC FW800 enclosure (~200$) versus the Seagate Freeagent Go Pro of the same specs (190$).
I also know that Lacie has the rugged option but it is 320GB and more expensive than the Seagate for less space.
Nevertheless, I can't decide between the two. On the Seagate hand, I'll have a 5 year warranty versus 3 years for the Seagate drive and 1 year for the enclosure. On the OWC side, I can always switch out the drive without voiding any warranties since I put it together myself.
What do you guys think. I think I'm leaning towards Seagate's warranty but want to hear some wisdom before swiping the card and a good chunk of my pay check.