|Feb 17, 2013, 07:28 PM||#4|
What I'm using
Got the LaCie rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt 1TB and its been sufficient for my 2012 128GB MBA so far. It's partitioned like this:
External NTFS: 650GB
I haven't tried it yet but I know one can bootcamp from a Thunderbolt interface and intend on seeing how that works soon. "External NTFS" is formatted by Paragon and has all my Steam games data. "HFS+" has a couple Parallels VM's stored and conveniently does my Time Machine backups.
First looked to building my own because an enclosure plus stock drive is far cheaper, but then the support and features of this drive such as Thunderbolt, "rugged" feature which they say prevents serious damage from smaller falls occurring and generally the aesthetically pleasing look of it encouraged me to buy this over other options. It isn't cheap though so what drove me to select this may not be the same reasons you may choose another capacity/feature-set.
EDIT: I have a home file server too but because I bought a portable laptop, I don't expect to always have access to the home server when roaming. My LaCie is undergoing warranty work because of a bad USB 3.0 connector. Having a REALLY good manufacturers warranty that ends in 2015 included with the premium price of this drive (nothing extra) was also nice.
Got all my data saved to the home server until it comes back.
Last edited by Trunks87; Feb 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM. Reason: Responding to second poster by adding an "EDIT"
|Feb 18, 2013, 05:33 AM||#5|
The Western Digital MyBook Essential 3TB - got it for $100 on Black Friday in 2011
It's great, the fans make a bit of noise however (this only becomes an issue while recording audio with the Blue Yeti that picks up EVERYTHING). Costco sells them for somewhere between $120 and $140, it's a great deal at that price.
Last edited by Suraj R.; Feb 18, 2013 at 05:35 AM. Reason: Add more information
|Feb 20, 2013, 11:05 AM||#10|
I use a no name USB 3.0 2.5" caddy I picked up from Amazon for < £10. In that I have a WD 7200RPM 500GB drive. I only have the base 2012 MBA (64GB) using around 50%. Most of my files and virtual machines I access remotely from my home server.
For Time Machine backups I use a Time Capsule.
MacBook Pro / Nexus 4.
|Feb 20, 2013, 12:20 PM||#11|
4 TB Thecus Nas at home. Generally carry a couple of Kingston 120 SSDs or a Hitachi 500 in a USB Caddy for travel storage. I had a LaCie Porsche that I really liked, but drive started going bad in it.
13" Macbook Air, 4gigs ram, 256gig SSD ;
Lenovo T420, 16gigs ram, 256 SSD, 750 Hybrid
Samsung Galaxy Note 2; Lenovo and Apple Fanboy
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