Best External HD for new MacBook Air? Thunderbolt?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bob99, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. bob99 macrumors member

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    So, the new MacBook Airs are out. Sweet! We've all been waiting a long time for this :)

    I want to get an external HD for my new MBA, but what's the best BUS powered USB2 drive to pair this with? I don't need it immediately, would it be better to wait for a Thunderbolt-powered 1TB drive? Any idea when those babies will be coming out?

    I'd like something sleek and small that matches the MBA. I know Western Digital has some good looking slim drives, but none of them are Thunderbolt yet.

    Any opinions would be appreciated!

    Bob
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There are no TB drives yet other than Promise's Pegasus which starts from $999. There are many good 2.5" drives but personally I prefer LaCie.
     
  3. bob99 thread starter macrumors member

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    I find a lot of the LaCie drives to be too chunky / boxy. I've got a few of their 3.5" external drives, but they don't have anything slim enough.

    This 1TB WD seems to match the aluminum look of the air, and the capacity is good:
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=450
     
  4. Duke15 macrumors 6502

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    Any good one, and slim ones that have firewire?
     
  5. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Hitachi gdrive mini
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    The Promise 12 Terabyte RAID system should work just fine ;)
     
  7. Sarsay macrumors newbie

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  8. Kafka macrumors 6502

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    Owned one for 2 or 3 days and returned it. The so called aluminum is so cheap it feels plasticky, 320gb is too low, and it's missing FW for when/if you use it with another Mac.
    Can't tell about performance but whatever, it's USB2 only so it's slow anyway.
    Buy only if slimness is a must for you, I prefer my Rugged drives also from Lacie that I can mistreat all I want.

    If you don't care about USB only, I've seen these in a store once and they look nice. Lacie regularly tries offering externals with a built-in cable and I appreciate that.

    It's a real pity there's nothing for the MBA somewhere between the slow/cheap USB2 and the ultra-fast/expensive/nonexistent TB.
     
  9. go4theko macrumors member

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    in the same boat. Guess we'll just have to wait for a TB enabled drive or a TB to firewire converter
     

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