Backup MBP 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by imac2007, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. imac2007 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2007
    I would like to use time machine to back up 13" MBP but what external hard drive to use. There are so many choose from which are the best. I do not want junk i only need about 500GB for storage.
  2. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    For every drive recommended here you'll find a post saying it's a piece of crap.

    Get the cheapest you can find with the best warranty. As far as quality goes, they all have the same parts.

    USB powered, 5400rpm will work fine.
  3. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    WD MyBook 500GB quad interface, or the 1TB version, which is what I use.
  4. Z06jerry macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    For convenience and lack of clutter you might want to consider a bus powered 2.5" external. My 1st choice atm would be this one which also has a fast FW800 interface @ $129 (for 500 gb size)...

    or you can save a bit and get a much slower usb only interface...
  5. just charlie macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2009
    I got a new 500gb hard drive today-

    Is it worth copying the contents of my current hard drive to the new one (using SuperDuper) instead of doing a fresh install? I got the MBP a week or so ago and haven't installed too much. I also have a full Time Machine backup on a USB hard drive - is that a better option to restore from?
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    They are all very similar. I don't think it will make that much of a difference what one you pick...
  7. prodigee macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I would say just a get a drive that fits your requirements, if it needs to be portable, get one that does not require a secondary power source, if it needs to be a certain size and price, look at drives in those price ranges, most of these drives are exactly the same just with a different pretty enclosure.
  8. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Yeah, just clone what you have now to the new drive and swap 'em out.

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