A good external hard drive for Macbok pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by prafulgupta, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. prafulgupta macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hey Guys ... i have one of the new unibody MBPs and wanted to buy an external hard drive for time machine backups and also for some of my personal stuff from other machines. Are there any recommendations?
    I do want to get something at least 500 Gb for sure. Also, there are lot of options for eSATA, USB, Firewire, any pointers on these would also be helpful. Thanks
  2. mylexon20s macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2003
    Coral Springs, FL
    check out western digital . I have a 320GB portable and its awesome! Haven't had any problems and its flawless
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I just bought a Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB, FW800 (x2) for $139 at Frys. It's already formatted for Mac and TimeMachine (10.5) (not that it's a big deal to format a drive...).

    It's quieter than some of the older FreeAgent Pro's I have (not sure what model drive either of them use, exactly). Spindle noise is about the same (quiet), but there's an improvement in head seeking noise - it's very quiet. The case design is much more in line with current the Apple line, too - brushed aluminum, white trim, and white LED illumination of the base and logo.

    One of the big attractions of this drive is FW800. Most of the time, I find them to be much more expensive [than FW400]. The current FW800 drive I have was built up from bare drive and separate case (Rosewill).

    On speed: FW400 beats USB2 by quite a bit, for most tasks. FW800 beats them both. I've measured about a 50% increase in speed using FW800 over 400 (to/from the internal SATA), seeing >60MB/sec (in Activity Monitor).

    The only faster interface would be eSATA, but that requires an ExpressCard adapter and doesn't daisy chain. (I have 5 drives and a LightScribe burner on my FW800 chain. btw - when mixing 800 and 400, put the FW800 at the head of the chain)

    edit: if you're looking for a bus powered portable, the WD is a good choice. For best speed - get one in a FW800 case (you can get them from OWC, or put one together yourself. I just bought a 2.5" Rosewill FW800 (2x) enclosure from NewEgg for <$50).
  4. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006

    i own WD passport 250GB, and it's so convenient to use everywhere. it's small..
  5. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    I'd stay away from Western Digital drives personally... I've seen too many of them fail in my experience. Lacie drives aren't bad if you're on a budget.

    If you're savvy enough to put a drive into an enclosure, I'd definitely recommend seagate, toshiba, or hitachi drives into a nice enclosure, like a Macally enclosure.
  6. prafulgupta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    eSATA vs FW800

    Should I look for eSATA vs FW800? I have some coupons for Best Buy so was gonna use them. Thx for the earlier replies.
  7. bcburrows macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009

    FW800 is lighteningly fast, but not exactly universally used, so if dedicated to the MBP def go for firewire, if you want something that can be shared around a bit then USB...
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    LaCie does not make hard drives, they make enclosures.
  9. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Our Macs have destroyed the boot sectors on 4 Lacie units, one seagate, and a little toshiba drive that came in some now long-lost enclosure.

    That pattern is always the same. Formats it, cant format it, spews junk files all over it, then the volume isn't even recognized, then the boot partition information is wiped out and the drive is lost forever, having no idea what or how big itself is, on a mac or a PC, plied with any number of recovery programs.
  10. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
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    Oh I know. I was just referring to their pre-built drive and enclosure offerings. Shouldve been more specific.
  11. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008

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