What’s the best external hard drive for back-ups?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dferigmu, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. dferigmu macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2004
    Washington, DC
    I have a Powerbook G4 and would like to buy an external hard drive for back-up purposes. It seems impossible to choose one because drives made by every company occasionally fail and only then do people write reviews on them. Every time I hear that LaCie, Maxtor and Seagate make the best hard drives, an equal amount of people say they suck and fail on a regular basis.

    My question is:

    Who makes a good, most consistently reliable hard drive that I can easily do back-ups with?
  2. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006

    Search the forums for lots on this.

    Go with the best your money and/or mac can afford. ie: 16mb buffer, 7200, firewire over usb, etc.

    My preference is Seagate in an OWC external case. Check outpost.com for seagate deals. They had a 400gb seagate drive for about $110.
  3. Vasileios macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2005
    I have a My Book™ Pro Edition™ as an external HD for my PowerBook... I highly reccomend it!!!

    250 GB, Triple Interface - FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0

    EMC Retrospect Express — Backup software that includes full system backup and recovery, easy scheduling, and encryption.

    Capacity gauge — See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.

    3-year warranty


    Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM (nominal)
    Buffer Size 8 MB
    Average Latency 4.20 ms (nominal)

    Seek Times
    Read Seek Time 8.9 ms
    Track-To-Track Seek Time 2.0 ms (average)

    Serial Transfer Rate
    FireWire 800
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (1394b) 800 Mbits/s (Max)

    FireWire 400
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (1394a) 400 Mbits/s (Max)

    USB 2.0
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mbits/s (Max)

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