|Apr 9, 2013, 06:57 PM||#1|
Need help - Which external hard drive? MacBook Pro 2008
Hi. I have a 2008 Macbook Pro that's running Mac OS version 10.5.8.
I know NOTHING about external hard drives, backing up...etc. What is a good external hard drive that I should buy? I'm a novice computer user and mainly use my computers for papers, photos, Rosetta stone software and the like. I don't need the best of the best of the best but I want something trustworthy, reliable and reputable.
Where do I even start to research this? If I hook this external hard drive up to my Pro, can I hook it up to my work computer (2012 Air)? Can I hook it up to a PC? How does this work?!?!
THANK YOU, in advance, for your assistance!
|Apr 10, 2013, 12:55 AM||#2|
I have had nothing but WD drives after a few failures with Maxtor and Seagate(then they became one and I stayed away from them). I recently sold 2 WD externals as well that are still working for their new owners and I bought those drives in 2008/2009 and used them on a Compaq tower, a Gateway Tower, then my 2009 imac, my wife's 2010 imac, my 2011 MacBook pro, and now my iBook G4(from 2005) connected via a firewire 400/800 cable.
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|Apr 10, 2013, 02:49 AM||#3|
About speed, FireWire 800 is faster than FireWire 400, which in turn is faster than USB 2.0 But Firewire ports are scarce in PC computers...
So a good combo will be a external with USB 2.0 and FireWire. WD mades good drives, but I think you can consider also LaCie.
Hope this helps.
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