|May 1, 2013, 10:37 PM||#1|
Which external hard drive should I get?
I figured buying an external drive and a quality monitor for my MacBook Pro would be a cheaper alternative to iMac. I need a bigger monitor to be able to use Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Illustrator with ease.
I'm leaning toward OWC Mercury Elite Pro 1TB USB 3.0 FireWire 800 eSATA, but want to see if someone has better suggestion.
My MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
I might will have to upgrade my RAM to 8GB.
Many thanks in advance.
|May 1, 2013, 11:34 PM||#2|
I've always been fond of the Western Digital hard drives, and they do make external drives "specifically for Mac," but I haven't had problems with any of them. The "non-Mac" drives just need to be formatted from FAT32 initially which takes about 2 seconds.
Here are the Mac drives from their website:
Like I said, it's just brand personal preference but I have never had a problem. And if you are going to be working on projects on the go, you may want to look at a portable drive instead of a desktop drive (doesn't have to be plugged in).
And if you are going to be using creative programs like that, I definitely second your decision to upgrade to 8GB of RAM. I upgraded to 8 and there is definitely a big difference. I mostly use After Effects and FCPX, so all those programs really benefit from it.
Good luck with your search!
|May 2, 2013, 12:47 AM||#3|
Mac Pro 2010 3.06 Westmere version, 12 Core 64 GB RAM, 4 TB , iPhone 5 (black)
|May 2, 2013, 05:49 AM||#4|
I've used G-Drives and found them very good -- quiet, reliable, rugged.
I've also got a WD 3TB MyBook, which is excellent.
2012 MacMini, 2.6GHz i7, 16Gb RAM, Fusion Drive | 2009 MacBook, 6Gb RAM, 240Gb SSD |
2006 iMac | 2003 G3 iBook | Beige G3 | PowerMac 7600 | Mac IIsi |
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