Advice on External Back-Up HD...ready to go vs. built

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bmwpowere36m3, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. bmwpowere36m3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    Hey guys, I'm finally looking for an external HD to back-up my MBP and my home windows PC. I was thinking of getting a 500GB HD, I think that should be plenty. Now I'm not sure what to get, either a ready to go one like WD Passport vs. buying a case & HD.

    I was looking at this combo:



    I'm not really looking to add a eSATA card, so to get MAX transfer speed I'm looking for a HD with Firewire 800 capabilities. I would like to get a very reliable drive as well.

    Finally what do you guys usually use to back-up files, just drag and drop files or Apple's Time Machine or another program. Also to be able to use this on my MBP and windows PC how should the HD be formatted? Thanks.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
  4. gwsat macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2008
    OWC hard drives are not for everyone because they do cost a little more than their competitors. Still, they are the best in my opinion. I have a 250 GB Elite Pro Classic, which I bought 4 years ago:

    It has been wonderful, both reliable and stone silent. Highly recommended. After all, you get what you pay for.
  5. steeler macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    I'm firmly in the "build your own drive" camp. By building, I can select the HD I want and pair it with the enclosure and features I want. Then, if/when the HD dies, I know I can replace it easily. I also know that I can upgrade to a larger drive in the future with very little trouble and put the smaller drive to use elsewhere (file server, etc.).

    I believe you can get the OWC ( enclosures empty if you like, they're very good enclosures, from what I've heard. I haven't used them personally.
  6. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    Any recommendations as to enclosures? I've always used maxtor HD w/o any problems, but I've heard many say that they are failure prone. I hear Western Digital HD are solid, right?
  7. Tastannin macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    Look at the warranty. Seagates have 5 year warranties, and that's what I use.

    Get the enclosure that fits your need. I'd get at least a FW800 / USB 2.0 case so that u get the fast FW on your MBP, and USB 2 is pretty decent on your Windows PC, unless your PC has FW400.

    This is why I like to build my own - like a previous poster stated - choose the mechanism and the enclosure and then put em together. :)

    As for the enclosure chipset - Oxford Semi chipsets are the best, IMHO.
  8. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    there is a 500GB enclosure on fry's electronic's website that has every interface your heart desires: eSATA/USB2.0/FW800/FW400 for 129.99.

    I'd get it. The enclosure (if bought separately on newegg) is ~90. You can take the HD (A 500 GB for ~$30!!) and sell it for cheap.

    edit: after reviewing your links, that enclosure looks similar to the one fry's is selling (prebuilt)

    OWC enclosures are pretty nice i guess. I just pulled a 2.5" 500GB samsung out of one to put into a customer's Macbook Pro. Heatsink design is ingenious, though weird, because it doesnt let a lot of air flow underneath..
  9. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    Well the enclosure you posted is $179.99, so the the enclosure and HD I posted are good then...
  10. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006

    it was 129 last night on sale. I guess i didnt catch the end date which i guess was today.

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