Best External Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lotsofstuff, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. lotsofstuff macrumors newbie

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    So I've looked into several companies to buy an external hard drive from, but I can't seem to find anything that seems to make one company better than the next. If I'm looking for a external hard drive 2-3TB, almost exclusively used on a mac, and in the $100-200 price range, what would you recommend? I have found several drives with similar specs and prices, but they're all from different companies. So, which do you recommend?

    (oh, it isn't of the utmost important, but I'd like it to maybe have firewire 800, or at least can transfer things fairly fast)
     
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    The most reliable hard drive is the one that is backup the most frequently. Other than that, they are all about the same.
     
  3. lotsofstuff thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For me, if I can back it up every few days, I'm good :)
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Honestly, just get one with the interface options you need and a good cooling system.
     
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    actually, it appears that the insides are all pretty similar, so i doubt it matters much. one suggestion, though. keeping all of your backups in one place will not do much good in case of fire or theft. i'd recommend buying a couple of the portable ones (i am partial to the western digital passports) and storing them in separate physical locations (car, office, parent's house, etc.).
     
  6. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Crashplan is also a great application for that sort of stuff.
     
  7. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    In no particular order, and while in agreement with messages being shared in previous posts here, my preferences are: Lacie, Glyph, Buffalo, and G-Technology... Iomega has an attractive model also. Sweetwater Music has very good prices during their sales, btw.
     
  8. toxic macrumors 68000

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    buy your own hard drive and enclosure.

    from personal experience and reading around, I would avoid Lacie and WD external drives. Lacie products look nice but seem to have high failure rates, while WD enclosures like to fail (hard drives are fine). for me, G-Tech is proving to be more reliable, so far, and the enclosure is the easiest to open if you want to swap in a different drive in the future.
     
  9. henry72 macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking forward to get G-Tech hard drive. However, do you know what kind of hard drive do they use?
    Thanks
     
  10. Gillespie81 macrumors regular

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    i have the g-drive mobile fw and it is hitachi. I'm not sure but i think all g-drives are hitachi portable and mobile. i plan on getting a desk setup soon but I'm waiting to see what happens with tb in the next few months
     
  11. toxic macrumors 68000

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    the G-Tech Mini I have came with a Hitachi hard drive.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    None of these companies make hard drives. They make enclosures and stick whatever drive they can get at a steep discount inside them.
     
  13. JerZyT28 macrumors regular

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    I just bought a goflex freeagent 1tb yesterday...not bad for the price...just need to upgrade to the firewall 800 cable
     
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