Can anyone recommend an external firewire-based drive?
hartzell at alerce.com
Wed Nov 14 12:41:02 PST 2007
David Kelly writes:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 12:09:47PM -0600, Doug Poland wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I'm looking for an external, firewire-based, hard-drive from which to
> > run FreeBSD 7.0 (i386). Ideally, I'd boot from this device as well, but
> > I'm not sure if FreeBSD (or my BIOS) supports booting from firewire.
> > Can anyone recommend a manufacturer and/or model?
> I haven't used it with FreeBSD but my Seagate 300G works very with
> Macintosh. LaCie is another highly respected brand among Mac users.
> There were some Western Digital Firewire externals on the market but
> many Mac users had problems. With Apple as one of Firewire's parents its
> pretty sad if a Firewire product doesn't work with a Mac.
Are you running Mac OS X on your mac, or FreeBSD?
I've had (until last week) an 8-core mac pro that was dual booting
FreeBSD RELENG_6 and Mac OS X.
FreeBSD would lock up the machine whenever I plugged a firewire disk
drive into it (I tried 4 different disk drives). I'd see a couple of
messages via syslog and boom. I didn't have time to debug it and now
no longer have the machine, so this is useless as a bug report, but
I'm curious what your experience has been.
I'm planning to buy myself a mac pro in the near future (as soon as
they announce the penryn based models) and am planning to dual boot
RELENG_7 on it. If it's still having firewire problems, I'll follow
up with a proper bug report.
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