encased external hard drive or dock + hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pictures, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. pictures macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2007
    I'm needing to get myself an external hard drive for backing up my iMac but am not sure what to get.

    Most of the reviews I read for the external ones like the WD mybooks are not that great; that they are expensive, don't last very long and use annoying software to do simple tasks.

    So maybe I just want a big blank hard drive I can format myself and put into a dock. That way I can switch out drives easily.

    Finally, any recommendations for drives (and docks for that matter, though there are less to choose from)? The hd in my iMac is 1T, but I have barely used 1/10 of that! Should I go ahead and get a 2 T or stick with the 1? Are there some brands that are consistently more reliable than others?

    thanks for the help!
  2. tug macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2010
    loughborough. u.k.
    hi, I've been using a wd 1tb mybook for about 6 months now with no issues, it works flawlessly with time machine using usb 2.

    i also read some negative revues about this drive but mostly the revues i was looking at were positive.

    so i went ahead and purchased it, glad i did.

    now looking to purchase another so i can safely store my mp4's and mp3's.
    got about 200 gb... just in case. ;)

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