Best 4-6TB HDD for Thunderbolt External

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  1. netnothing macrumors 68040

    netnothing

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    Looking to get a Thunderbay 4 to hook up to a new Mac mini. Looking for at least 4TB drives. What do people recommend? WD Blue? WD Red?

    Drives will be used mainly for general storage. Thunderbay will be setup as JBOD.
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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    From personal experience I would recommend HGST and Toshiba hard drives over WD Blue or Red. You can usually buy them for quite reasonable prices from OWC, the makers of the Thunderbay 4.
     
  3. netnothing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Heard good things about HGST, not so much about the Toshiba (from a reliability standpoint).

    HGST seem to be harder to find.
     
  4. FireWire2 macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend Seagate if cost is the issue. Otherwise, HGST is the way to go.
    Here is another option 8 bay Thunderbolt 3 from DATOptic, more slots and able to access any eSATA drive
    https://tinyurl.com/yas72mvn
     

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