Summary: I ordered this to accompany my MBP on set when I am shooting videos. This has a FireWire 800 interface and a 7200rpm drive that makes editing and transferring footage fast and easy. It comes with a carrying case and the necessary connection cable, FW 800, etc. You don't need a seperate power cable as it draws from the connection port. This also has built in shock protection, just in case you drop it. Which I did one time. Not on the floor, but on my foot.
Summary: I've been through more FW drives than I care to remember. When the G-Drives hit the scene, I saw that they had tackled the problems I'd experienced with all my previous drives. The G-Drives are more durable and their passive cooling makes for longer lasting circuit boards. SOme people are misguided by so called experts that say heat doesn't affect drives.
Summary: This is a great drive if you're just going to leave it on your desk, but it is not a good drive to travel with your laptop. The drive gets knocked off-center far too easily. My drives were not dropped or shaken in any way, just normal handling with my laptop and the drive now fails constantly and can be heard scraping the sides when it spins. Cannot be recommended for anything other than desktop use. UPDATE: I initially bought 5 of these drives for field editing.
Summary: As a music producer with a home based studio, I use pro tools and ableton Live 9 religiously. This thing can record on Hard Drive, no problem. It's more than perfect for home studios, if that's possible...it's portable and it has enough storage space for even the heaviest samples. Also the package comes with a bunch of USB and FireWire cables that comes in handy on a rainy day as well as a sturdy case for the drive.
Summary: Very high quality device. A lot of those things that you buy at the big box store don't exactly inspire confidence. This does. Not only does it works seamlessly with my Mac, and Time Machine, but you also get the strong sense that it's going to be there when you need it. That's with these machines are supposed to be for, right?