best hard drive to buy to put in an enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sossity, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

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    I may be getting another internal hard drive to put into an external enclosure to work with my macbook pro,

    any suggestions for a good reliable (& it would be nice if it were under $100.00), 1 or more TB 7200rpm hard drive? I will probably get a SATAI/II drive.

    Also, are there good free mac apps that can clone or copy the contents of an entire hard drive onto another?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    For an external, I'd recommend one of the "green" type drives, as they run cooler and will likely last longer. If you have a cooled enclosure, then a WD scorpio black would be a good drive. For cloning, check out Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.
     
  3. Sossity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    could you link me to the hard drives you suggested? thanks

    I will be using these like a desktop drive, the 3.5" sized ones in 1Terabyte or bigger
     
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    2TB WD Green

    1TB WD Black

    As you can see, the green drives are a good bit less expensive than the black, but are a tad slower. However, this makes them better suited to external duty, provided you don't need a lot of speed. If you are using this for a backup, go with the Green for sure. They typically last longer in enclosures as well due to lower heat.
     
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    will these work in a usb 2.0/firewire 800 3.5" enclosure?
     
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    Good suggestions. You won't notice any difference using the slower Green drives in an external enclosure anyway - they'll still easily Max out a FW800 link, and a USB connection even more so.

    Yes
     
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    with the green drives in a firewire enclosure versus a usb enclosure, will I feel a difference in the speed of firewire versus usb 2.0?

    i found this on amazon; http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-Desktop-WD10EARS/dp/B002U1N95K/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header although I notice this needs software to work with windows XP, & I do use this os as a virtual machine on my mac, I need a hard drive that can work with older operating systems right out of the box.

    & I would put it in this enclosure; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VTZFN4/ref=lst_llp_sl-0

    would this work?
     
  8. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Yes - the enclosure is fine
    No - you don't need any extra software (just format with Disk Utility)
    Yes - FW800 is 3x faster than USB2

    Whether the extra FW800 speed it worth the extra money on a more expensive enclosure is up to you! :)

    Firewire 400 IS faster, but not so much of a difference. If this is just being used for backups then USB2 might be OK.
     

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