1TB Portable HDD for Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DanyaGT, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. DanyaGT macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2012
    Moscow, RU
  2. Gator Bob macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    Just FYI: the small G drive is slightly larger and has excellent durability reviews. Same price range. I've been using two older, larger G drives for nightly backups of both Mac and Windows computers for several years.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No platter-based hard drive is better in terms of durability than any other.
  4. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm guessing you missed the Hitachi Deathstar debacle and the Seagate firmware fiasco? These were both in the last few years, affected wide swaths of product and caused irretrievable data loss.

    Also, I'll never buy another Maxtor product again; was burnt by two of their drives dying in <2 years.
  5. macrominnie macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Here's a review of the OWC Elite Mini


    If Firewire 800 & esata are not necessary, my suggestion would be to go low end, for better value.

    USB 3.0 on Macs is around the corner (probably), SSD prices will come down and Thunderbolt peripherals will eventually drop in price. There will be good priced better external storage options soon. Budget minded people will save for those.

    If there's plenty of cash, OWC, G-Drive, Trans International and Wiebetech all have high end multi-interface portable drives.

    Buy your own drive and slip it in your own enclosure: something like the MacAlly 2.5 enclosure FW400/USB2:


    I have found them light and dependable. If needed, FW 800 to FW 400 cables are cheap at Monoprice.

    I'd also go for the 750 Gb HDD's, unless very high capacity is necessary. You can easily find 7200 rpm 750 Gb drives, some with a cache >8 MB . Most 1Tb drives are slower.

    I've found OWC customer service very good.

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