Best external storage solution for me?

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  1. gazing macrumors member

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    Now that my lovely new rmbp 512 is here I need to get a external storage solution suitable for me....
    I basically need a nice 1-2 TB drive for my audio production (storing samples plugins , recalling them)so it needs to be quick although SSDS are too expensive
    And a 2tb backup just needs
    To be reliable

    The first must be portable
    And my backup drive I'd like to be portable but not essential

    What would be best for me and what are other peoples solutions?

    One thing I'm interested is could I do it all in 1 4tb drive and partition it ?
     
  2. samanthas macrumors regular

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    In the other post you mentioned a WD passport. My dad has had one for like 5 years now and it's still working... I think their portable drives use 5400 rpm drives rather than 7200 rpm though. 7200 rpm should be faster in most cases (you mentioned quick but no SSD.)

    You can also look into OWC which have some 7200 rpm portable drives. They have benchmarks for all their drives as well...

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

    On-the-Go Pro and Elite Pro Mini. They also have a Elite Pro Dual Mini.


    Partitioning a drive is easy enough. Just use disk utility>partition. Use Mac OS Extended (Journaled) if you plan on using Time Machine or have a cloning on one of the partitions. Also the GUID partition table.
     
  3. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I personally like Western Digital. I have two My Passports for extra files and one My Book for Time Machine.

    You might also look at LaCie's thunderbolt drives. They're pricy, but it's faster than USB3. For backups you could also look into an Apple Time Capsule. It's wifi so no need to connect to it with a cable. Depends on your budget, really.

    I'm not sure there are any 4TB portable drives out there. You'd probably have to buy a USB enclosure and a separate 4TB drive.
     
  4. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah but each drive can't cost more than 150
    That's why one 4tb drive for 300 sense
     
  5. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    What are other peoples rxternal storage set ups for their rmbp?
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    You might consider getting one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/MiniPro-Exter...34&sr=8-3&keywords=oyen+digital+2.5+enclosure
    or
    http://www.amazon.com/Optimized-Inateck-Enclosure-Installation-Compatible/dp/B00FCLG65U

    ... and then buy a "bare" 2.5" drive of your choosing to go inside. You could keep an eye on dealmac.com daily for good drive deals.

    Building your own drive is -easy- -- ANYone can do this. The Inateck enclosure above doesn't even use screws. "Assembly" takes about 45 seconds.

    The advantage of doing this is that you know what goes inside because "you built it". And if there's ever a problem with the "drive inside", just take it apart, and put a new drive in. Again, easy.
     
  7. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Ahh well you didn't specify a budget in your first post.

    Unfortunately speed and storage capacity are somewhat mutually exclusive without paying lots of money. And 4TB is very hard to find without building it yourself. So I'd suggest buying an enclosure and separate drive.
     
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  9. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Seagate 4Tb USB3 bus-powered portable.

    I have three of these and am delighted.

    It is basically two Seagate M9T in a hardware RAID 0 box.

    Fast and small.

    The speed and capacity are possible because it is RAID so higher risk of failure. I have increased my number of backups because of this.
     
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    Interesting. I looked at the WD My Passport Ultras and only saw 1 or 2TB. I'm not worried about high capacity. So I've never really shopped around. 3.25TB is plenty for me across external and internal. That's two MBPs, one desktop external, and two portables.
     
  12. InquisitiveAmI macrumors member

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    I think your idea looks good but not sure about drives...
     
  13. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    That enclosure is certainly interesting. Thanks for the link. Interesting too that is offered with SSD options so they must be pretty confident of the power supply.

    Which drives would be a matter of choice and need. Personally I wouldn't go for either of the two you suggested. I think the HGST 1.5 Tb 5400 and Seagate M9T 2 Tb 5400 are quite close on speed to the HGST 1Tb 7200, due to platter density, and offer a lot more capacity.
     
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  16. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I suppose its a question of what are the best 1tb hard drives to put in my enclosure in terms of speed?
    Could I reach 300 mb/s with any in RAID 0?
     
  17. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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  18. InquisitiveAmI macrumors member

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    Your Best bet would be either the Hitachi or WD black if you wanna reach those speeds in RAID 0 . If you wanna know which one is more reliable to put it straight I'd trust WD with my life ;)

    So Id go with two of them then your set for audio production on the go alongside the odd backup of main ssd drive
     
  19. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    So would the CineRAID enclosure plus 2 wd black drives offer me both speed and capactiy for audio production on the go?
     
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  21. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    Also are WD black drives the fastest 2.5 inch 7200 rpm drives out there??
     
  22. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    No idea but anything @ 7200rpm has a limit !

    I just bought 2 x 1tb HGST 7200rpm's and they seem good, transfer rate is
    about 110-120 MB/sec and you won't get much more than that.

    I have a WB Black in my MP so it's a 3,5 version and that does over 160MB/sec

    My fastest drive is a WD Velociraptor @ 10,000 rpm - it's a 2,5 drive inside a 3,5 size
    heatsink .... gets hot otherwise !!
    That does over 250MB/sec as an Audio Recording drive.

    As a 2,5 version, I don't know if the WD Black is faster??

    M.
     
  23. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    Would 2 wd black drives in RAID 0 get 250mb/s plus?
     
  24. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    I would think so, any decent pair of 7200rpm's should get close in Raid 0

    As to specific WD "Blacks" I don't know the 2.5in version.

    I'm using a single HGST 7200 - so not a Raid system.

    From a UASP Inateck USB3.0 enclosure & EVO 840 I get 338/358 write/read.

    - it's only 500gb though !! ... cost for both €220 which is a great deal.

    M.
     
  25. gazing thread starter macrumors member

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    Right so Ive narrowed it down to 2 drives:

    Seagate momentus xt 750gb
    or the WD BLACK 750gb

    Does anyone know which is faster/reliable then I can stick two of these in my enclosure and can do affordable audio production on the go!
     

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