Best external Hard drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bumzo1, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I am looking to buy an external hard drive, preferably 1tb, for my iMac to use with time machine and also use it as a drive to drop large files. I'm willing t pay for quality because I do not want the drive to fail. So far I have found the Ministack v3 and the G Drive Q, both 1tb, that looks good. Has anyone had any problems or experiences with these hard drive and are their any other hard drives that I should look into? I want it to look good, but mainly I want it to last and not crash on me 3 months from now. So please leave your experiences below.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I recommend Western Digital personally

    I use the 1TB MyBook with Firewire

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    As much as I was happy buying a G-Tech, I bought my G-Raid was the assumption that one of my other drives would fail like I read about online, every drive I have owned has worked flawlessly, so for me the G-Tech was not really completely worth it.

    But everyone has their own experiences, but I imagine that most of them are positive. Sure, there are these threads about how person x's drive failed and person y wouldn't buy anything but them. I own three drives that there are plenty of horror stories about.

    No one (except MacDawg) would ever post: "I love my Western Digital 1TB Drive", unless someone posts a horror story about one. Companies ship tons of drives daily, not everyone will be perfect.

    The best advice is to find one that has a good warranty and excellent customer service. And then avoid reading these threads so you don't lose any sleep.

    Or you could be OCD, anal and paranoid like me and have two back-up drives...

    1TB is prbly a good size to start at it, I would say most people looking for non-mobile externals start at that size, here is a recent thread about that...
    More literature found here.
    Here, is another thread on 1TB Hard Drives
    This one is about LaCie...
    Here is another, there is some more discussion about LaCie in there...
    Here is one on USB 1TB, I'd stick to Firewire...
    And if all else fails, MRoogle
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    +2 for Western Digital

    Get two externals if you're afraid of failing. I have my backups in two separate drives so the possibility that my two externals and my internal HD will al fail in same day is one out of trillion.
  5. bumzo1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    Thanks for the feedback!

    Now I'm starting to think about getting 2 WD caviar green 1tb and getting a raid 1 enclosure to mirror the drive (I think its raid 1) but that seems like my best bet for reliability and ease of use.

    Any final thoughts?
  6. jpan08 macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
  7. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I have a bunch of EZ Quest Monsoons of assorted sizes. They are not speed demons but have seemed very reliable, which is my focus. I think the larger ones (or maybe all of them) use Hitachi drives; some people dislike them but for me, so far so good and I've had a few of them for over four years. I always do redundant backups... just in case.
  8. Tterb macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    To muddy your waters :) The additional security they provide makes them well worth the few extra bucks, IMO.
  9. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I didn't realize I was OCD, anal, and paranoid!

    One Time Machine backup here at the house and one bootable clone at the office (in case of fire at home.) If you have data you CANNOT afford to lose, you better have at least two backups. And one of those off-site.

    All it takes is one power spike and every hard drive in your house is fried (all those plugged in anyway). Fire, tornado... you get the picture.
  10. speedviper macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    I was also wondering if the Time Capsule was worth it too? Is is better to just get an airport extreme and hook it up to an external?
  11. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    price wise, I say yes. Plus an external is more convenient if you need to move it, rather than taking your entire time capsule with you.
  12. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    Well if your willing to pay for a Drobo is almost a fail proof plan.
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You and everyone else. No amount of money you pay will guarantee a drive to be good for life. Just assume they're going to fail and you won't be disappointed.
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I don't think anyone should buy a canned drive. If something goes wrong while it's still under warranty, you have to send the entire drive in. You cannot open it to determine if it's the drive or the controller board that's failed. If you buy a bare drive and enclosure and assemble them, you can always disassemble to determine which failed. Most of the time it's the controller and not the drive. Thus, you get to keep your drive and all its data.
  15. romanaz macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2008
    so true, and this is why, like another poster said, you have multiple backups and in multiple geographic locations. I got, I think 6 external drives, 3 are time machine backups, one at my parents house, one at my place, and one at my safe deposit box. My safe deposit box also has a 1tb that is the backup of my other 1tb's drives that are backups monthly, weekly if I have the time.

    Call me crazy and you'll probably be right, but I know for near certainty, if my house burns down, or if the bank explodes (hey, you never know), I still have a backup someone on the planet.

    I used to use Western Digitals, but their box's kept causing me trouble. Their drives are fantastic, but the enclosure, not so much. I currently have LaCie's and so far so good, about 2 years in on most of them and no problems.

    G-Techs are the gold standard for consumer external drives. Expensive, but maybe worth it.

    I would say at bare minimum, grab one with a metal enclosure, as it keeps it cooler, in my experience.

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