Any recommendations for internal Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fernande-mac, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. fernande-mac macrumors regular

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    I want to upgrade the two HDs for my PowerMac G5 (June 2004) using Mac OS X 10.4.11.

    I currently have two 160GB in a RAID 0 setup. What brands/models would you suggest to use as upgrades?

    Thanks!
     
  2. fernande-mac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Internal or External

    I am actually rethinking my backup strategy.

    Back in the day, I was familiar with Maxtor, Western Digital and Seagate. However, there are so many new brands out there nowadays, I am not sure what to trust anymore.

    I do understand that the bigger the HD, the higher the chance of failure. So, I am looking for reliable devices that do not break the bank.

    I would like to know if you have any suggestions for internal and external HDs.

    Thanks!
     
  3. kellen macrumors 68020

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    For internal usually try to go with Seagate or the WD. All drives will fail, just make sure to back up.

    I have been using WD caviar blacks and never had a problem. Currently have two 640 raided. Backup is 1.5TB seagate and a 1TB seagate. Then an external 320 that came with the mac pro for offsite.

    Externals I like to make my own. OWC (macsales.com) and stick one of the above in it. You get a better warranty in most cases out of the HD.
     
  4. fernande-mac thread starter macrumors regular

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    I never liked Seagate because they are very noisy. :rolleyes:

    Would you use a WD Black Caviar 1TB or 2TB as an external HD? Or are you using Seagate for any particular reason?

    What exactly do you get for the external drive? I was looking at "OWC Mercury Elite Pro Classic™ Portable Solutions" for $84.99. Do you just stick any 3.5" HD inside it?

    Thanks!
     
  5. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Seagates were on sale, so thats why I bought them.

    For external I would just get a WD green if its going to be for data. Don't need the speed of the black. Would be nice, but not necessary.

    For the OWC, they make a couple different lines. I am ordering this one link It has firewire 400, 800, USB and esata. They have cheaper enclosures and ones for single drives.

    I just bought a raid capable one so I can have a mirror for backup. I lost my work a couple years back and have gotten paranoid about it.
     
  6. fernande-mac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah. Good point there. I am not planning to host an FTP server or stream videos from my backup disk. :)

    I am confused about this part of the description "Supports up to two 3.5" SATA I/II type 1.5TB hard disk drives".

    Why is the size limited? Why could not I be able to put two 2TB HDs?

    I am of the same line of thought. I bit on the paranoid side, but if your backup is not safe, then what's the point of the backup. :)
     
  7. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Western Digital Caviar Black for system drives, Green for backups :)
     

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