Anyone Know A Good, Reliable 1tb Har Drive For Mac?

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  1. jimnightshade79 macrumors newbie

    jimnightshade79

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    I own an older 17" iMac G5 and have used Lacie external harddrives to save on and back-up files to. Opinion about the reliability of Lacie is mixed, as is my own. I will be purchasing a new MacBook Pro in the near future to run video editing programs on and my question is:

    What brand(s)/model(s) of external hard drives(specifically 1TB) does anyone recommend? I need to to be able to transfer/back-up video & music & photo files from my old G5 on to a hard drive; one that will be compatible with the new MacBook Pro( & time machine, etc.) that I will buy. Any advice is appreciated. I can elaborate if necessary. Thanks.
     
  2. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    I've always had good luck with Western Digital drives in general, and specifically the MyBook series of external enclosures.
     
  3. jimnightshade79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for responding. I've read reviews regarding WD's Mac Book Studio 1TB. Some people have complained about compatibility issues with Leopard. And that it 'freezes' their Mac. People have said it may crash the Finder. I've also heard customer support is somewhat poor.

    Have you had any of these issues? What do you think of all this?
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    After Taking Part in Numerous Threads and Purchasing Numerous Drives after Research, I have come to a couple of suggestions and a massive "guide."

    There are three (basic/main) parts to the speed of your external drive:
    1. Connection Type – This is the one most people will know about, if they know one. Things like Firewire 800, Firewire 400, USB 2.0, eSata, etc. It comes to how your drive connects to the computer, in general (fastest to slowest) eSata, Firewire 800, Firewire 400, USB 2.0. Firewire is preferable because it is not only faster then USB, but it transfers at a constant speed, whereas USB is variable. eSata is the fastest but it requires a port that is not available without an adaptor, and those adaptors are hit and miss in terms of quality. Chances are most users will do fine with Firewire 800 and have no need for eSata.
    2. Hard Drive Speed – For some reason people seem to forget that if you have 4200 RPM Drive inside your enclosure, it's going to be slow. This depends on the physical drives inside your enclosure. Speed from fastest to slowest: SSD, 7200 RPM, 5400 RPM, 4200 RPM. The higher the revolutions per minute, the faster, unless there are no revolutions at all ;).
    3. Cache – The one people forget. The cache is just like your computer stores the information temporarily. It is important that if you look at this, especially if you are going to try to play files from your drive. Even if you are using it is a back-up, you don't want a 4MB Cache. Higher the cache the better; 64MB is the general highest speed for most stock drives.

    Or you could be OCD, anal and paranoid like me and have two back-up drives...

    Other User's Recommendation's:
    Buffalo: techfreak85 (DriveStation Combo4 1TB)
    Build Your Own: uberamd, kufford, SaSaSushi, nanofrog, Ti_Poussin, bigdaddyp; Cave Man, chkdg8, kdp.slider, mahen
    Drobo: gatepc recommends it, further mixed discussion here. A Drobo v. alternative discussion was had here.
    EZQuest: LizKat has owned a variety of Monsoons
    G-Tech: RebornKillah recommends the G-Drive Quad 500GB, but it's currently out of production; Bill Gates (500GB Mini); Digital Skunk notes the great warranty; jaysmith & tcphoto recommend G-Tech
    Hitachi: Trag (SimpleTech Signature Mini 500GB); J&JPolangin (SimpleTech 2TB SimpleDrive Pro Duo); BlizzardBomb recommends the Go; bigdaddyp recommends the Signature Mini. Thedesolateone also recommends Hitachi. Also of note is that Hitachi acquired G-Tech recently.
    Iomega: mc3s (Ultramax 34495 1.5 TB); Justin Lee & quantum003 (eGo 500GB Portable Mac).
    ioSafe: Tterb recommends.
    LaCie: Note: there is an entire thread dedicated to LaCie, I have summed up support from users below, but simply a tally
    jrotunda85 & Kronie (d2 Quadra 1 TB); RedTomato, gatepc & eVolcre, Cousin Dirk {although eVolcre owns the one with eSata and Firewire 400}(Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton 1 TB); iGary (LaCie Rugged); Gymnut (F.A. Porsche, out of production); VanMac (BigDiskExtreme, out of production); Digital Skunk (2Big Triple, out of production)
    Users expressing general support: cmcbridejr, dpaanlka, LethalWolfe, mpsrig, UltraNeo*, iPhoneNYC, chocolate632, Hellhammer, romanaz
    Users not so happy with LaCie: surfmadison (not a big fan), accacc57, dave12345 (Little Disk), jaysmith, Jerkfish, auero, mperkins37, dfs & jessica.
    cluthz has mixed reactions regarding the (d2 and Neil Poulton)
    Maxtor: adamvk purchased a OneTouch 4 1TB (not sure what version)
    OWC: GGJstudios (1TB Mercury Elite-AL Pro) & (On-The-Go 200GB)
    Seagate: steeler (FreeAgent Desk 1.5 TB); MacMini2009, rick3000, cluthz & soo (Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1 TB USB Mac); suekitch recommends Seagate because of its warranty; Acid303 does not recommend the (new) Seagate FreeAgent Desk series
    Western Digital: MacMini2009, xpress1, patrickdunn, iphonematt & MacDawg (MyBook Studio 1TB); Thiol notes purchasing an incredible seven Western Digital MyBook Studio drives all working flawlessly; pprior (MyBook Studio Edition 2TB) Acid303 also notes a positive experience with a non-Studio Edition Western Digital drive; terp2007, odinsride, Samuriajackon, cluthz & matthewscott661 recommend the Passport Series; munkees notes a failure with one of the drives purchased, but a positive experience overall; rikdiddy, RebornKillah & Jerkfish also recommend Western Digital. chrono1081 does not recommend Western Digital & romanaz was also not happy.


    Other Threads:

    1TB is prbly a good size to start at it, I would say most people looking for non-mobile externals start at that size, here is a (not-so) recent thread about that...
    More literature found here.
    Here, is another thread on 1TB Hard Drives
    This one is about LaCie...
    Here is another, there is some more discussion about LaCie in there...
    Here is one on USB 1TB, I'd stick to Firewire...
    Just for kicks, we had a random thread.
    And if all else fails, MRoogle
    If you wish to have your name added to the list, PM Me.​
     
  5. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    MyBook's generally are fine...i would recommend if you do get one, to format it to HSF+ (remove the format it ships with and any unnecessary partitions or software they put on the drive)

    I would recommend strongly any drive that has FireWire 800 if your Mac supports it. you will definitely get the most out of your drive to your mac, but USB is perfectly fine too.


    I would go with Western Digital; as all my drives notebook and storage are western digital variants.
    I have a mass amount of 1TB Green Drives that have performed top notch for me and a few 1TB Black...I personally havent noticed a huge difference between them, but the price point of the 1tb Greens and their reliability have kept me sticking with them.

    I would recommend if youre unsure about all the externals out there, pick up an enclosure as well as a harddrive.

    OWC (macsales.com) has the Mercury Elite Pro that has all the ports you would ever need for the external case; since I;m not sure what htey put in their preassembled enclosures.

    ===

    Actually, I found a bit cheaper enclosure of the same caliber of the OWC rendition:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16817182123

    im picking one up myself to try.

    and these are the drives I'd recommend:

    1TB Green:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

    1.5tb Green (if you want the tad bit of extra space for a decent price)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136351

    1TB Black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16817182123
     

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