Best 2-4TB External HDD for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cambookpro, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom

    I have been using a 4TB G Drive RAID connected to my Time Capsule but that's been causing me no end of problems. We have four MacBook Pros in the house, but only mine is connected to an external display.

    I was wondering what the best external HDD is for Time Machine? I've decided just to plug it into the back of the display and back up wired as opposed to wirelessly. The other three computers can share the 3TB Time Capsule.

    Preferably, it needs to be small, quite and light as I'll be putting it on a stand at the back of my display in my bedroom, so it can't wake me up at night! Connection via FireWire 800 is a must (or Thunderbolt - but I'd doubt I'd find that in my budget!) No USB please.

    Also, I'm not sure what capacity to get - I have about 550GBs used on my internal HDD, so I was thinking 2TB to make sure I have some wiggle room for the future.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I have two Seagate Goflex 2tb drives connected to my mini server via FW800 and they work well. One is used for time machine backups and the other holds all my media files. Very happy with the price/performance. Been running for over a year now with no problems.
  3. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I always recommend Western Digital drives. They are awesome, reasonably priced, and you can find them not only with firewire 800 but with the other I/O as well.

    I have a 1TB Western Digital Firewire 400/usb 2.0/eSATA drive that has never failed and has most recently been used to store my cloned OSes. I also have a 1TB WD firewire 800/usb 2.0/eSATA connected to my wife's iMac for TM and iPhoto storage.

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