Advice on reliable 1T ext hard drive for backup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ScottL, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. ScottL macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
  2. murphoia macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    I would recommend the Western Digital: MyBook. I am currently using it, and use it for backups. It's 1TB, and I love it. Still have around 200 GB's left. I think I got it for like $190 at Costco. Not 100% sure of that, and it's Canadian dollars.
  3. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    That's what I am using for my media, nice little drive. I don't remember exactly what I paid but it was under 2 bills. :)
  4. throttlemeister macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2009
    I use a WD Elements. Great little thing, looks nice and is cheap. Sits pluggen in de the 24" LED ACD, and as soon as I plug my MBP in when I get home TimeMachine starts running.
  5. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    Hmmm, would advise you to Google "Western Digital My Book Sleep Problems", see what you find. I just returned a WD My Book for this very issue, drives goes to sleep, upon waking dismounts. Only fix was to turn it off, then on again. Annoying. Others in threads report having to reboot computer to get it to remount.

    Took it back to Best Buy, got a Seagate 1.5 TB Free Agent for ~+$30. Only had it a few days so I don't know about longevity, but at least it wakes properly.
  6. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I have read all about those problems, but I have 3 WD MyBooks (2 at home, 1 at work) and all have worked great since day 1. Two are directly connected to iMacs and one is connected to an Airport Extreme N; all are setup with 2 partitions.
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    As with any one of these threads we have about hard drives, people have differing opinions. I currently own a Western Digital My Book Studio, GTech GRaid 2 and an Ioemga Ultramax Pro. I have had no problems with either of them and they all serve their needs. Remember most people do not post random threads about how they love their WD drives. My best advice is always to find one that fits your needs, seems to have a decent track record and has great service, because even GTech's fail.
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...I have a simpletech 1TB that I was sharing for both my iMac and 4 winXP machines but that will get switched to just the winXP machines as I just brought home a simpletech DuoPro 2 TB drive - that will get my iTunes, Handbrake'd movies and iMac data back up in RAID...
  9. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
  10. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
  11. ScottL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    Thanks for taking the time to reply (that goes for everyone else as well).

    My needs are VERY simple.

    So which companies have great service? e.g. of the ones you own, or any others?
  12. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    Seagate backs their drives with 5 year warranties... almost unheard of in the hard drive business... that's why both my internal and external drives are Seagates...:)
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

  14. mrbrightside623 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2009
    San Jose, CA
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Unfortunately theres no real way to tell whats going to be reliable and what isn't. You reported someone had two lacie drives fail and I've never seen one fail ever.

    What I would recommend is this:

    DO NOT buy western digital mybooks right now. These things have a rediculous fail rate as of late and if I could I'd post a picture of a ton of them in my office that are broke.

    The second thing would be do not buy a drive with a propriatary enclosure (seagate freeagent, WD mybook, Lacie, etc)

    What is better to do is to buy a harddrive:
    (Seagates have a 5 year warranty)

    And an external enclosure seperately:
    Because a lot of the times external harddrive failures are actually just enclosure failures, however the drives are really hard to get out of a lot of the enclosures.

    The enclosure listed above is a tad more expensive then its counter parts but I LOVE icy dock enclosures. They are very very well built.
  16. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    not going to read other posts. but...

    i have a fantom 500gb and im buying another 1tb one.

    500 two years ago was 100
    1tb is now 100.

    if you pay more than 130 or around there, you wasted your money.

    anyway the fantom has a western digital drive in it so its good.

    i have had the 500gb for a while. i leave my computer on 24/7 and used time machine only and nothing went wrong, and in the past year its now my time machine and torrent seeding drive so its running 24/7 and its good.
  17. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No drive is going to last forever, the best advice I can give is to a) make sure whatever drive you get has a 5-year warranty and b) don't rely on a single drive as a storage solution.

    (a) is fairly easy; most of the major players (including WD and Seagate) have standard 5-year warranties. What I mean by (b) is that every brand has hard drives that fail, and there are no reliable statistics on the frequency of failure. Cheaper brands like Maxtor (now a low-cost division of Seagate) are widely acknowledged as crappy, but I've had dozens of drives from WD and Seagate proper and equal numbers of them have died.

    Oh; and be wary of manufacturers like LaCie and Fantom- they aren't hard drive companies. They just make enclosures, mark up the price, put in a 3rd party drive, and absolve themselves of responsibility when the drive fails.
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    And this is precisely why everyone should buy their drives and enclosures separately.
  19. LEStudios macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2007
    I got two 2TB Western Digital Studio II. I use one for Time Machine backup of the other 2TB and 320GB of my Mac mini. You should be able to buy these for $259-299.99 & have it for $299.99 with Free Shipping. Its already formatted for Mac so just plug it up and go. Also WD backs these drives with a 5 Year Warranty! :D
  20. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    well if they fail, western digital is responsible. anyway who actually has there own enclosure and filled it with there own drive.

    i have 3 of them. they all really suck. i have spent more than 40 on one of them and 30 on the others and to be honest i hate them.

    they all have the interfaces i need (esata) but the fantom runs the quietest. i have had a few fanned enclosures and they always are annoying and loud. and i have two right now that do not have fans in them and they really are loud and bulky.

    heck if you can find a 1tb drive and a enclosure for under 105, thats pretty good. i mean 1tb is like 80 something, and you would only have 15 somthing to spend on a case. i want to see a case that is only 15 and is quite, easily stacked (i mean i got a couple of these things and they have to be stacked) and doesn't vibrate like an 18 wheeler barraling down the freeway.

    now im just ranting.
    i mean it doesn't have to be super non vibrating (?) i have all my drives on a pad and they don't vibrate anything, but when you take one of the enclosures (not bought as a whole thing) and put it on the table and someone goes like o **** i thinking your drive is going to blow up, then it vibrates to much.

    now im going on and on.
    i had to make special very very little washers that where coated in rubber to help with the vibrations.
  21. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Right, but not LaCie.

    WD and Seagate? ...
  22. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    3 western digital
    1 maxtor (this isn't even in a case, its just got all my program iso files and such, its really nice, 3 partitions, one with tiger, one with leapord then the other with everything else)
  23. ecstasy macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
  24. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    just saying, i really do not like the design of the mybook series of ehdd. they seem so pompous, thats just me, not trying to offend or anything.
  25. islandman macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    Seagate FreeAgent Pro, in my opinion.
    Or get one from OWC. They usually have Hitachi drives inside, options for FW800, USB and FW400.

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