Best 2 TB Time Machine Compatible Drive

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  1. yustas macrumors regular

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    What is the best 2 TB, Time Machine compatible drive to use for a backup? The reason I ask is because from the reviews I have read, Apple's Time Capsule seems overpriced and not very reliable.
     
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    ANY external HD will work. No need to buy "Mac" external or anything like that since the drive can be formatted to HFS+ in Disk Utility.
     
  3. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, that is great news and makes things easier. Thanks!
     
  4. sonarghost macrumors regular

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    Not to seem like a paid endorser here but I bought all my back up hard drives from OWC and have been very pleased with their professional service and how great the drives work.

    http://www.macsales.com/
     
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    Yours going to have to quantify what you mean by best. The fastest external drives that you can currently buy will be ones with FW800. USB 2 is painfully slow and so is the time capsule. External drives with fw800 are more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.

    I've found the g-drive pro to be the fastest. 70+ MB/s transfer rates
     
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    Unless you are changing adding say more than 5 gigs of data *daily* FW800 is unnecessary for backup. USB 2 is fine.

    several to choose from here: http://dealmac.com/
     
  7. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Another vote for the G-Drive.

    I have a collection of others, Seagate and Western Digital to name two that have been relegated to minor league status for various reasons.

    Since buying the G-Drive, it's reliability has convinced me it won't be leaving my desktop.

    I have the 2TB version, I've heard there is a 3TB out now ... and I want one.

    When I get the new iMac the config will be ...

    1 TB Internal
    2 TB Data/Image/Media Files
    3 TB Time Machine



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  8. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do not care about speed all that much. Once the initial backup is made, the incremental backups are not going to be huge in size and even if they are, usb 2 is fast enough for me. By the "best" I mean the best quality, low noise and heat, features, etc.
     
  9. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Are you talking about this one? Why is it better than, say, a Western Digital drive? Whose drives are they using?
     
  10. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Any external HD will work however if quality is important then I'd recommend any of these three for the quality and feature set:

    OWC Mercury Elite Pro series

    Lacie Quadra D2 series

    G-Tech G Series
     
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    Save the cash and get a USB one then. Take your pic from the WD passport or seagate Freeagent.

    What features, besides the ones you listed, are you after?

    Edit: sorry, it's the WD Elements
     
  13. Jacquesass, May 12, 2011
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    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (Model #: STAC2000100). It's $110 for a USB2 2TB drive - but you can upgrade to FW800 if you want more speed ... and Seagate has promised a ThunderBolt adapter later this year.

    Don't install any of Seagate's crapware on your Mac (or worse, overpay for the "Mac" version) - just format it to HFS+ as soon as you open the box.

    EDIT: Sorry, it's $89 at Newegg now. Also, make sure you get it shipped FedEx (and not UPS) from Newegg - turns out a lot of people have gotten bad drives (all brands, internal and external) from Newegg after letting UPS throw them around a few times.
     
  14. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

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    Since I am planning on using Time Machine, I do not know if there are any features besides the ones I have already mentioned that I am after. It is nice to have the ON/OFF button. What features besides networking do these drives have? They all seem to be pretty basic.
     
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    I am new to MACs, but I am assuming that I do not need Seagate's software to reformat the drive and it can be done from Snow Leopard, right?
     
  16. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Correct.
     
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    I use a Western Digital Elements. It was dirt cheap, and it's essentially silent - I can go months forgetting it's even on my desk. For Time Machine, USB 2.0 isn't an issue.
     
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    Yes, as badger mentioned. You go into utilities-->disk utility and can format the drive there. Are you planning on connecting the drive to a windows computer at all?
     
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    They pretty much all have an on/off button. None of these drives have networking features. You connect them to your computer via the USB port.
     
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    Not to the PC, but I am planning on running Windows 7 on the iMac, which is probably the same thing.
     
  22. discofuel macrumors 6502

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    That's what I've just got :)

    2TB FW800 G-Drive ($239 amazon)
    3TB Western Digital (only $160 amazon)
     
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    Just remember that win and osx use different file systems and it becomes a headache for the normal user so when you're formatting the drive choose exfat. This is a file system that win and osx can both read from and write to without 3rd party addons and headaches.
     
  24. nickmdc macrumors newbie

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    Any recommendations for a 1TB external HD?

    Im looking for a HD thats going to last long and is quiet and small as possible.
    Also trying to figure out if I need FW800 or USB2.0 only for backups with TM
     
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    Sale

    3TB Hitachi USB2.0 External on sale for $130 on Amazon right now. Got one to store in a safe location as an offsite backup of my NAS.
     

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