Can you recommend a good external HD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Reaktor5, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a

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  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd go with the OWC.

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

    Other User's Recommendation's:
    Buffalo: techfreak85 (DriveStation Combo4 1TB)
    Build Your Own: uberamd, kufford, SaSaSushi, nanofrog, Ti_Poussin, bigdaddyp; Cave Man, chkdg8, kdp.slider, mahen
    Drobo: gatepc recommends it, further mixed discussion here. A Drobo v. alternative discussion was had here.
    EZQuest: LizKat has owned a variety of Monsoons
    G-Tech: RebornKillah recommends the G-Drive Quad 500GB, but it's currently out of production; Bill Gates (500GB Mini); Digital Skunk notes the great warranty; jaysmith & tcphoto recommend G-Tech
    Hitachi: Trag (SimpleTech Signature Mini 500GB); J&JPolangin (SimpleTech 2TB SimpleDrive Pro Duo); BlizzardBomb recommends the Go; bigdaddyp recommends the Signature Mini. Thedesolateone also recommends Hitachi. Also of note is that Hitachi acquired G-Tech recently.
    Iomega: mc3s (Ultramax 34495 1.5 TB); Justin Lee & quantum003 (eGo 500GB Portable Mac).
    ioSafe: Tterb recommends.
    LaCie: Note: there is an entire thread dedicated to LaCie, I have summed up support from users below, but simply a tally
    jrotunda85 & Kronie (d2 Quadra 1 TB); RedTomato, gatepc & eVolcre, Cousin Dirk {although eVolcre owns the one with eSata and Firewire 400}(Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton 1 TB); iGary (LaCie Rugged); Gymnut (F.A. Porsche, out of production); VanMac (BigDiskExtreme, out of production); Digital Skunk (2Big Triple, out of production)
    Users expressing general support: cmcbridejr, dpaanlka, LethalWolfe, mpsrig, UltraNeo*, iPhoneNYC, chocolate632, Hellhammer, romanaz
    Users not so happy with LaCie: surfmadison (not a big fan), accacc57, dave12345 (Little Disk), jaysmith, Jerkfish, auero, mperkins37, dfs & jessica.
    cluthz has mixed reactions regarding the (d2 and Neil Poulton)
    Maxtor: adamvk purchased a OneTouch 4 1TB (not sure what version)
    OWC: GGJstudios (1TB Mercury Elite-AL Pro) & (On-The-Go 200GB)
    Seagate: steeler (FreeAgent Desk 1.5 TB); MacMini2009, rick3000, cluthz & soo (Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1 TB USB Mac); suekitch recommends Seagate because of its warranty; Acid303 does not recommend the (new) Seagate FreeAgent Desk series
    Western Digital: MacMini2009, xpress1, patrickdunn, iphonematt & MacDawg (MyBook Studio 1TB); Thiol notes purchasing an incredible seven Western Digital MyBook Studio drives all working flawlessly; pprior (MyBook Studio Edition 2TB) Acid303 also notes a positive experience with a non-Studio Edition Western Digital drive; terp2007, odinsride, Samuriajackon, cluthz & matthewscott661 recommend the Passport Series; munkees notes a failure with one of the drives purchased, but a positive experience overall; rikdiddy, RebornKillah & Jerkfish also recommend Western Digital. chrono1081 does not recommend Western Digital & romanaz was also not happy.


    Other Threads:

    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 (not-so) 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...
    Just for kicks, we had a random thread.
    And if all else fails, MRoogle
    If you wish to have your name added to the list, PM Me.​
     
  3. Reaktor5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, awesome. Thanks!

    I do have 2 other 500 GB externals at the moment. I just want one to bring around with me that's bus powered.
     
  4. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Im not sure about bus powered, but im using Seagate's goagent something i have two and they run fantastically for months now (knock on wood)
    They are ultra quite and very sleek looking, aluminum shell with beautiful "breathing" white leds. Mine are usb but you can get firewire, not sure about buspower lol

    (note, this was not an ad or a sponsored post by Seagate.)
     
  5. Reaktor5 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Bus powered simply means you do not have to plug it into the wall to power the drive. It draws the power from the laptop itself.
     
  6. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Oh lol im dumb, then your in luck because Seagate 500Gb drives are usb powered.. Dont buy from Seagate if you are interested, i would go with Amazon.
    btw awesome looking wedding cake lol congratz?


    (note, this post was not sponsored by Amazon.)
     
  7. gorjan macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know, the WD Passports are buspowered. I have many WD disks and I have never had a disk failure, so in general I trust them (knocks on wood). :eek:
     
  8. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    like gorjan said, western digital are very reliable and i have only ever had 1 failure from 6 drives in the past 10years... and when i did have the failure, they sent me a new better one to say sorry [​IMG] but if i were you WD or lacey, i hear they are quite good and buspowered
     

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