A nice HDD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jji7skyline, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. jji7skyline macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's the same as any other USB 2.0 hard drive. You can probably find it cheaper on Amazon, or buy your own bare drive and a separate enclosure for the most economical way.
  3. jji7skyline thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    The transfer speeds on USB drives are burst speeds so USB 2 is reasonably slow. If you want a quicker drive from LaCie I'd suggest:


    This has FW800 which is at the moment the fastest available. If your iMac has Thunderbolt soon there will be Thunderbolt drives and that will overshadow FW800. They won't be cheap at first but they will be fast.
  5. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2009
    +1 on the LaCie. Once you use FW800 you can never go back to USB 2.0. I have the 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra and its very fast indeed. I can copy files to/from it at around 90 MB/sec.
  6. jji7skyline thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    So I should get a Firewire 800 drive?

    I actually was drawn to the other one for the "Porsche Design" but oh well...

    The FW800 drive is ver expensive (by my standards) do you know any other ones with better value? (FW800 drives I mean) :)
  7. 88 King, Aug 28, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011

    88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    I'd suggest you have a look at Seagate GoFlex external drives. The advantage of this hard drive is in the modular design.


    The hard drive have standard sata and power connector and can be slot into base stations with different connectors.

    I brought the 3TB version inc a USB 2.0 base station, I already have the Firewire 800 base station to use with the imac and brought another USB 3.0 base station to connect to my ThinkPad. Now my 3TB hard drive can connect to the imac with Firewire, or my ThinkPad with USB 3.0.

    Another advantage is the base station also work with any internal hard drives with sata connector.

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