I'm sure this has been asked 1000 times but I'm Looking for external drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ant2369, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2011
    Hello all. I'm looking for an external USB 3.0 drive for my new iMac. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the 2 below. From what I've read the Seagate is slightly faster. I'm looking for opinions on each. Looking for speed as ill be transferring pictures and encoded home movies plus some large MKV files from backups. I was hoping for something with a 7200rpm drive. I linked to best buy cause I have a $75 gift card so I'd love to,apply it to the purchase I was originally looking at a 1 or 2tb drive but the card lets me look at the 3tb now. I'm open to suggestions obv on other drives if they're faster and have only 1-2tb. Thanks


  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    the only advice i can give you is dont buy seagate.

    only by my personal experience, i have had the most hard drive failures through them.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Nov 3, 2011
    Doesn't really matter - all hard drive can fail. They have similar reviews.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    I have a MyBook Studio FireWire version and it's a good paperweight. The drive failed to recognize TimeMachine about a year ago and I gave up on fixing it. I use a WD Cavier Black in a Thermalake dock for my backup. It runs at full sata 2 speed over esata on my MBP.

  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2006
    Washington State
    I recently got that 3TB Seagate drive (on sale now at Costco for $119.99) and a 2TB WD drive I've used as a Time Machine for a couple of years. Both are working well, but I recommend the Seagate attached to their Thunderbolt adapter; Time machine backups are way faster. And while I know I could reformat the WD drive and delete it, there's a second partition with Utilities on it that mounts when that drive is plugged in. The Seagate drive and adapter are, I think, the least expensive route into the blazing high speed of Thunderbolt, and I'm also able to use the adapter with a couple of old internal drives with no cases... Spink10 is right--all drives fail, and I've had as good luck with Seagate as with any. Just keep multiple backups, including off site, and you'll be fine.
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    I suggest you take a look at Caldigit AV Drive 3TB.
    It has both USB3 and FireWire ports. Speed looks much better than others.

    and they are running promotion for only 249 dollars

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