External drive for a budget

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TomasL, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. TomasL macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2014
    Hello everyone!

    Recently i have bought late MBP 15, which has 256 SSD drive.
    I have to say it works really-really fast and i am absolutely satisfied with workflow.

    Nevertheless now i have to choose an external drive option.
    I am looking for a 1TB (or more) under 270$ solution.

    Looked through NewerTech miniStack, NewerTech Voyager SATA, OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini, OWC Mercury Elite pro, LaCie d2 Quadra (tons of negative reviews), G-RAID Mini, G-DRIVE mini, Glyph Technologies Studio Mini and lots of others.

    I don't know what speed (100 mb read? 200 mb read? 300?) should an hdd run to be able to stream audio (sample libraries) without problems.

    I am out of buck, so SSD is not possible solution.
    Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 is not a big deal, but thunderbolt is pref.
  2. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    I just got a Western Digital Ultra 2TB My Passport in the mail. Requires no power sources, very quick USB 3.0, small small small body.
    The software that can be installed on your machine are pretty useful as well, not bloatware on any level.
    Picked up the 2TB for $139, I believe they offer 1TB and 500GB as well for less obviously.
  3. TomasL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2014
    Thanks for the advice,

    The problem is that My Passport is 5400 rpm, and i think write/read speed no more than 100 mb/s. That is good choice to store data, but for streaming and recording audio right on HD will not work well. As well as loading samples from it.
  4. Giuly, Mar 8, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly macrumors 68040


  5. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    yes, and when the drive fails no way to replace it, as there is proprietary connection...
  6. Giuly macrumors 68040


    It's USB 3.0.

    And the drive inside is a regular SATA one.
  7. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
  8. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    You can get a toshiba 3tb usb 3.0 external drive for $100 on amazon

    I have 4 of them working fine

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