a few informed/experienced suggestions for ext hd ub

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lasloduncan, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. lasloduncan macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2015
    ready to buy an external hard drive for my iMac for backup etc..assume it should be at least 1tb- seems like there are a couple relaivble brands about the same money? am i missing anything. --amazon??? thank you.
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Western Digital tends to be very reliable. Seagate, on the other hand, is the opposite of that.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    They are all pretty much the same. Just decide if you want a 2.5" portable, or a 3.5" desktop drive, and the size you want, then buy whatever is on sale.

    Once you get the drive just use Disk Utility to format the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and you are all set.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'd suggest you consider buying an external enclosure, such as this:

    Then, buy a "bare" HDD of your own choosing.
    It seems that as of late, HGST (Hitachi) drives seem to get high marks for reliabilty.

    The advantages of doing it this way are:
    - You "put it together" (all you need is a screwdriver and a couple of mins), so if there's ever a problem, you know how to take it apart for diagnosis
    - Upgrading the drive is easy, as well.

    I'd suggest 2.5" form factor.

    Another path to consider:
    For backups, you might consider a USB3/SATA docking station (many, many are available for around $25).
    Now, you can get one or more "bare" drives, and swap them around in the dock as required.

    Even if you're going to use Time Machine, I would also recommend that you create at least one "bootable cloned backup" using either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.
    If you ever get into an "I can't boot!!!!" moment, having such a backup will prove to be invaluable -- can get you back up and running in about 2 minutes...
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
  6. olemed macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2007
    Providence, RI
    I have a question about this - where does one store the drives when not in use? Is there a suggestion method of storage to reduce dust exposure and any static? I was wondering if a simple plastic container would be enough.
  7. DemonMF777 macrumors member


    Feb 27, 2014
    S. Florida

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