Best external drive for me

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by joeg39, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. joeg39 macrumors newbie

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    Hi I'm new to these forums and this is my first post here!
    I've been using Windows 8.1 on my rMBP 13" 2015 using Parallels for a while now but I'm thinking of moving the .pvm file onto an external drive in order to save space on the macbook. I've already tried using a standard USB external drive but obviously that was too slow to boot from!

    What type of external drive do you guys recommend? USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt. I would prefer a SSD but I don't want to spend too much money.

    Thanks for any advice :)
    Joe
     
  2. MSastre macrumors regular

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    Check OWC for either Thunderbolt or USB 3 drives ... very good selection of options in capacity, dependent on your needs. They have a nice little SSD thumbdrive with 240 gb as well.
     
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    How large is your Windows pvm file? How large a drive (physically) is acceptable and will you want the drive portable and getting power from your laptop or external power source? I only ask as it makes it easier to provide you with info that is relevant to your original question.
     
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    At work, I have a LaCie thunderbolt/USB3 1TB external hooked up to my MBPr to use as a Time Machine Drive. I like that there is only one cable for it.
     
  5. joeg39 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The pvm file is around 77GB and I'm not too fussed about the size. Preferably I'd like one that I can easily carry in my laptop bag and I would rather it uses the laptop's power supply :)
     
  6. firedept macrumors 603

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    I have a couple Touro Mobile 1 TB 3.0 USB that were reasonable in cost ($60 or 70 CDN?) and have worked well for my mobile needs. They are quick since they are USB 3.0, lightweight and small in size. Have had them for about 1 year now with no issues.

    They will not boot as fast as a Thunderbolt or SSD by any means, but they are the quickest option I think you have otherwise.
     
  7. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I would gather it is a matter of budget. A 128 gig external SSD TBolt connected would be ideal with SSD USB3 (make sure it is able to use the adopted scsi calls in the faster enclosures).

    Back when I got a Firmtek USB3 enclosure and put an SSD drive in it. It was by far the fastest external drive I have used. The only catch is that the Firmtek all metal enclosure is not petite by any means. I usually keep it now at home for backups. I read about the enclosure, if I recall correctly, at the Bare Feats site.
     

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