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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Which would be a good 3 TB external hard drive for my MBP 15?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+...1#tab=overview
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/WD+-+My+...rive&cp=1&lp=7

or your suggestion.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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That is the same HDD twice. Do you have USB 3.0 on your MBP? As far as I can remember, you have an older one, but I am not so sure.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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You posted the same links.

If your MBP is 2012, then this drive should be fine. However, expect about 140 MB/sec max.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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Ok I changed the first link to a different one (Toshiba from same site, Best Buy).

Mine is 2010 (early) version.
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Based on the ratings alone I would get the WD. There's only a $20 difference. However, if the Toshiba was $99 and the WD $150, I would definitely get the Toshiba.

Both of these companies make their own drives. WD has more experience. Toshiba is good too.
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I don't know what this has to do with Mac Pro

But in any case, I'd get the Seagate. I know you didn't link to it, but you can change interfaces with the Seagate to Firewire or even Thunderbolt.
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Buy two of whatever you choose and rotate for backup.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 05:30 PM   #8
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What does rotate to backup mean?

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But in any case, I'd get the Seagate. I know you didn't link to it, but you can change interfaces with the Seagate to Firewire or even Thunderbolt.
Is this it? http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expans.../dp/B00834SJU8
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But in any case, I'd get the Seagate. I know you didn't link to it, but you can change interfaces with the Seagate to Firewire or even Thunderbolt.
It's a 2010 model so no Thunderbolt.
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Would this be a good internal hard drive ? (3TB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148844
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Would this be a good internal hard drive ? (3TB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148844
Thats not going to fit inside your MBP.
Its a 3.5in drive.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:25 PM   #12
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I see. Is 2TB the biggest that can fit?
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I see. Is 2TB the biggest that can fit?
I dont think a 3TB 2.5in drive exists yet... or I havent seen them.

The capacity doesnt matter.
The physical size of the drive does. And the compatibility.
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I see. Is 2TB the biggest that can fit?
No, as even 2.5" HDDs with 2 TB capacity are 15 mm high and you can only use HDDs or SSDs with a maximum height of 12.5 mm.
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Seriously, 3 is a "bad number" for computers. Choose 2 or 4
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Would it fit inside most windows laptop that aren't purposely thin?
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Would it fit inside most windows laptop that aren't purposely thin?
No. You have to research the actual models of Dell, HP, Asus, Samsung, Acer and Sony models, if they accept such big drives, as those companies have put quite a lot of effort making their machines thinner.

You could always get two 1 TB HDDs in 2.5" size and put them in via Optibay solution (see • 4 in HDD guide).
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Everyone will have different opinions abut MFG's based on their experience. I myself love the new Seagate Go-Flex drives and always had good luck with Seagate, and not so much with Western Digital, however it is only my personal preference. Also Seagate makes an adapter for Thunderbolt, so no matter what Go Flex drive you have they, have an adapter for it, so quite flexible if you ask me.
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For that computer, you want something that supports firewire 800 for the best speeds.
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So are you looking for a internal or external drive now?
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Would this be a good internal hard drive ? (3TB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148844
No, the "Backup Plus" and "GoFlex" models have the changeable interfaces.

You seem to be uncertain about what you even want to do though.
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