What external USB 3.0 drives are you guys buying?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by barrett14, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I need to buy a USB 3.0 external drive for my new iMac but don't know what to order. What has some good value?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    There is a 3TB Seagate that is a good deal currently. Can't recall model name, was on sale over BF for $100. I got it for $130 before hand.
     
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    I have been happy with this drive from WD.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    I now have two of these, got one each of the last two years from Best Buy for $99 on Black Friday. This will be the first time I get the USB3 speeds though. Otherwise happy with the drive. Believe it is call Seagate Backup Plus; it has a removable base that you can swap out for different connections like Firewire 800 or Thunderbolt.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Guys, just recently bought a 3tb Firewire 800/USB 3 external mybook which is currently attached to my iMac (2008) as a firewire.

    Have ordered a new iMac today and was going to get a thunderbolt to firewire converter from Apple.

    Reading this, is USB3 just as fast - ie. should I just plug in the external to a USB3 port on my new iMac.

    The external is for Time Machine backups (I will also use it to transfer all my old iMac stuff to the new iMac via the Migration Assistant).

    TIA

    Cheers

    Del
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I would Del, hold off buying an adapter until after the initial transfer. If it seems quick and responsive, then there isn't any point to spend the extra money on something else. Backups are off peak activities anyway, so other than restoring a whole system, speed isn't going to be the main factor in backing up data.
     
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    I picked up a few Seagate usb3 hard drives at target a few days before black friday. 750gig for $39 and a 1tb for $49.
     
  11. Laucian Nailor, Nov 30, 2012
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    Typical bloody UK prices....I liked the look of that so had a glance at the UK Apple store. £139-94, which equates to $224-95 at today's exchange rate compared to $149-95 +sales tax (possibly depending on state).

    Even removing tax here in the UK (VAT) it's £116-62 ($186-89) :eek:

    Out of Interest even the iMac configuration I want comes to £1788 (after removing taxes), which is $2864-82 (actual $ Apple charge in the US is $2588) so nearly a $300 premium for a UK customer (plus the 20% tax we have to pay) WOW :mad:
     
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    20% tax??? Wow, I thought 9% was bad!
     
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    Universal Healthcare isn't free ;-)
     
  14. macrumors member

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    Up here in Canada our sales tax is 14% and we get healthcare too, worth it even at 20% in my opinion.
     
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    Roll your own. Most ext USB 3 drives have 5400rpm drives inside which kinda negates USB3's speed. Buy a WD Black drive and put it in a quality USB 3 enclosure and you'll be good to go.
     
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    Buy a powered usb 3 enclosure and the get whatever fast drive you like.
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the above bflowers - I'll do that.

    Cheers

    Del
     
  18. macrumors member

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    Costco has the Seagate Backup Plus 3TB external HDD on sale now for $120 + tax. These were going for $100 on Black Friday and I picked up 3 drives.
     
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    Definitely worth it. My sales tax in Seattle is 9.5% and I get nothing for free.
     
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    What enclosure did you buy?
     
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    I like this drive.

    It's been a while since I reformatted a drive for Mac. Do I need special software?
     
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    I have a stardom USB3 enclosure which can hold any drive i like :)
     
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    Staples had typographical error last Tuesday and listed this 2TB Backup Plus for $45.99 each. I grabbed 4, opened it up to get the drive out, and put them into this Newertech enclosure. 7500RPM with 64mb cache.
     
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    No. I just use Disk Utility to reformat it to OS Journaled. No additional software needed.
     

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