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Old Dec 27, 2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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3T backup drive questions

Need to buy a backup drive for new 3T iMac. I have read the suggestions here but still confused? Seems LaCie 3T may have a bug on speed? So WD? (and which).

ALso, should I wait a bit? Are there new types that will run faster coming out? I have one backup to the cloud, and can still get a little mileage out of my old external HD?

Thanks.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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My Time Capsule has a Seagate 3TB drive that works just fine.

LaCie does not make drives. In their enclosures they use drives from Seagate, WD, tc. My LaCie thunderbolt enclosures use Seagate 3TB drives.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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I would strongly recommend against buying anything from WD. My experience with them has been abysmal.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:01 AM   #4
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Need to buy a backup drive for new 3T iMac. I have read the suggestions here but still confused? Seems LaCie 3T may have a bug on speed? So WD? (and which).

ALso, should I wait a bit? Are there new types that will run faster coming out? I have one backup to the cloud, and can still get a little mileage out of my old external HD?

Thanks.
The popular theory states that you have at least the same capacity for backup as you do on your main machine. A 3TB TC is a good solution, but you may not need or want the wifi side of things. I dislike USB HDD's. They are slow, if reliable and so use a Promise Pegasus unit with T/Bolt.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for all but still confused? Seagate maybe? Seems WD is hit or miss. I didn't realize LaCie wasn't made by them.

Are we talking about Thunderbolt or USB 3 or both.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 10:14 AM   #6
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If your iMac has USB 3.0 then I think a Seagate external drive would be a good option. Not much point spending the extra on a Thunderbolt equipped drive.
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