3TB External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by WilliamDu, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. WilliamDu macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    During visit to local Apple Store, I was shown a La Cie PS 9233 3TB Hard Drive with USB 3.0 interface, selling for $190.
    I find no listing on Amazon or the La Cie web site for this drive.
    I'm awaiting delivery of my BTO 27" with 3TB FD, ordered on 12/18, and will need a drive of this nature with 3.0, or Thunderbolt.
    Unable to find another article to match this capability/price as yet.
    Does anyone know anything about the PS 9233?
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    I guess it's this one.

    The price is OK and the unit itself is, too.
  3. xplnusa macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    I'm using a WD 3TB external for my time machine backup. Works great, I got it for $150 at Best Buy.
  4. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Everyone has had a different experience with disks. I wouldn't buy a Western Digital drive.

    As for LaCie, do they say what brand drive is inside? If not it could very well be a Seagate drive.
  6. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Other World Computing offers this:
    More expensive, but it has Firewire 800 and eSATA as well as USB 3.0. The 3 TB version uses a 7200 RPM Toshiba disk.


    I did a quick scan of the LaCie page, and I couldn't find any specs about the disk inside the enclosure. Maybe I missed them.
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I didn't see it either which is why I said may be a Seagate drive. Or it could be Western Digital or Hitachi or ...
  8. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
    LaCie is likely a Samsun or Hitachi.

    Everyone may have different experiences, but I have probably see 15-30 failed hard disks a week.

    Technology and manufacturing practices change all the time, Western Digital used to have a bad reputation for bearing failure, but that has been 6 or more years now.

    The reason you didn't see it is that Ext. HDD manufacturers who do not manufacture their own internal drive usually cycle through a couple of HDD manufacturers for various reasons.
  9. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    I bought a 3TB seagate backup+ yesterday - so far I'm very impressed. Quick and quiet, what more could you ask for!

    The external Western Digital drives encrypt the data, so if the drive/case components fail, its impossible to recover your files. Many stories on the web regarding this - that's why I bought Seagate.
  10. chuckiehina macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2007
    I have had very good luck with Hitachi drives. And very poor experience with Samsung and Seagate. I am not impressed with La Cie, you are paying extra for cosmetics and windoze software, not reliablility or performance.
  11. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    a lot of the LaCie drives ive had to open up were primarily Seagate and Samsung.
    Seeing as LaCie was bought by Seagate (who also owns samsung hdd)
  12. mario24601 macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    What kind of speed are you getting on usb3? I got the same drive but in FW800 version to use in thunderbolt adaptor, I get about 160 write and 160 read...with FW800 get about 69 write and 83 read. I bought the FW version and thunderbolt adaptor separate because was less $ and figure could use the FW adaptor with another bare drive...my 2011 imac does not have usb3. What do you guys think of the thunderbolt speed on this drive 160/160? Worth it to have TB adaptor or not?

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