Best 2TB+ USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt portable storage for a MBP?

curtoise

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I need to buy one today for work, andy advice or guidance on the most popular usb 3.0 or thunderbolt portable storage that is 2TB or more?

Thanks a lot.
 

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Thank you, can you tell me if this is the right one?

http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B00C0NWAUS


I was following another thread where they were praising the WD

http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storage-WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN/dp/B005HMKKH4/

Is the Buffalo better? i see that it comes with its own power supply instead of being USB powered
If you're looking for "Portable" (bus-powered) I'd go with the WD. Buffalo is speedy but not terribly portable.
 

curtoise

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meistervu

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Yes, that is it. It's the fastest drive on the market you can get by a huge margin, other than SSD's.

Thank you, can you tell me if this is the right one?

http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B00C0NWAUS


I was following another thread where they were praising the WD

http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storage-WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN/dp/B005HMKKH4/

Is the Buffalo better? i see that it comes with its own power supply instead of being USB powered
 

curtoise

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If you're looking for "Portable" (bus-powered) I'd go with the WD. Buffalo is speedy but not terribly portable.
I need this for work and also for iPhoto - iTunes libraries to be in Home Sharing with Apple TV, I thought bus powered was a better idea but if it is slow...

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Yes, that is it. It's the fastest drive on the market you can get by a huge margin, other than SSD's.
The Lacie is the fastest one on the market now?

What about ssd external? any recommendation?
 

meistervu

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No, the Buffalo is the fastest one on the market now, probably twice as fast as the Lacie. There is a recent review for the Buffalo if you search. SSD is really expensive so unless money is no object, I would not consider one for a 2TB drive.
 

curtoise

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No, the Buffalo is the fastest one on the market now, probably twice as fast as the Lacie. There is a recent review for the Buffalo if you search. SSD is really expensive so unless money is no object, I would not consider one for a 2TB drive.
Thanks, I guess now it is a matter or powered usb or not :cool:
 

MCAsan

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Remember that a single external drive is an accident waiting to happen....if it is not backed up by Time Machine to another drive. All data should be on at least 2 drives....ideally even a 3 copy being offsite.
 

curtoise

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Remember that a single external drive is an accident waiting to happen....if it is not backed up by Time Machine to another drive. All data should be on at least 2 drives....ideally even a 3 copy being offsite.
Then the ideal setup should be two drives like the Buffalo ones, one with the working data and Time Machine backing that up to the other Buffalo drive correct?
 

TyPod

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Then the ideal setup should be two drives like the Buffalo ones, one with the working data and Time Machine backing that up to the other Buffalo drive correct?
I would think so. Maybe down the road mix in another external to have your Time Machine backed up if you're worried about that. Personally, I don't but I think that's what MCAsan is recommending.
 

curtoise

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I would think so. Maybe down the road mix in another external to have your Time Machine backed up if you're worried about that. Personally, I don't but I think that's what MCAsan is recommending.
It is possible with TIme Machine to backup to multiple drives? the same data?
 

MCAsan

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It is possible with TIme Machine to backup to multiple drives? the same data?
I think you can have Time Machine alternate between drives. So the copies may not be exactly the same. Personally I use only one 3TB drive for Time Machine. But, I have a web server where I can upload my data (slowly).

Of course the ultimate protection is one set of data is offsite in case of theft, fire, or other bad karma. You have to decide how important your data is to you...and what steps/cost you will take to keep it available.
 

curtoise

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I think you can have Time Machine alternate between drives. So the copies may not be exactly the same. Personally I use only one 3TB drive for Time Machine. But, I have a web server where I can upload my data (slowly).

Of course the ultimate protection is one set of data is offsite in case of theft, fire, or other bad karma. You have to decide how important your data is to you...and what steps/cost you will take to keep it available.
I thinkTime Machine and an online storage (Dropbox, etc) is a good solution too.
 

meistervu

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What about an online backup solution? There are subscription services with unlimited storage.