External Drive Suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by HoosBruce, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    I have a 2016 MBP (nonTB), and have been using the WD MyPassport to run backups for several years to my prior MB Pros, but now it doesn't seem like it wants to play nice and just constantly ejects randomly. I'm looking to purchase a new external, but was wondering what you guys use that works well with the new MB Pros. I am only looking for a 1-2 TB option, so nothing crazy, but definitely something portable and reliable. Thanks!
  2. daveshookme macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2017

    Uh, WD is the only one I use. Passport series has never let me down, I have some green drives that are close to a decade old by now.

    Will only ever recommend WD drives.
  3. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    First, try a new, quality cable with your existing drive. I never have disconnects with any of the many externals I use.

    If you need a new drive, consider the:

    WD Elements Portable

    I have had great luck will many WD externals over the years but in the last few years they have started polluting their drives with proprietary and unremovable partitions with preinstalled and unavoidable junkware applications. The "Elements" series seems to be the only one remaining that does not have this crap integrated into the drive hardware.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'm -NOT- a Western Digital fan. Not a fan of Seagate, either.

    I like Fuji, Toshiba, and HGST (former Hitachi).

    I wouldn't buy a "prepackaged" drive. Instead, I'd pick a "bare" drive of choice, and put it into an enclosure that I picked as well. I've NEVER seen a prepackaged drive that was designed to be user-accessible. If you "put it together", and ever have problems, then you know how to "take it apart" as well… :)
  5. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
  6. HoosBruce thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
  7. udontno macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    VA, USA
    I have been looking at the ones on the Apple Store's website, but haven't yet taken the plunge. I have one that has been good to me, but wanted to upgrade to a USB-C one, since to my (limited, because this is not my area of expertise) understanding the transfer speeds would be faster.
  8. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
  9. Amigaman macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2007
    Greenville, MI
    I'm with Fishrrman on this one. I prefer HGST (formerly Hitachi) when it comes to any kind of internal or external mechanical hard drive. IBM developed some awesome hard drive technology back in the 80s. They eventually sold it to Hitachi, who then sold it to HGST a few years later, who then got gobbled up by Western Digital back in 2012. Oh, and for those interested, HGST owns and produces the G-Drive line of drives. For what it's worth, I've bought several of their drives and have never had a problem.
  10. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    G-Drive makes a nice 1TB 7200 rpm USB-C mobile external drive that comes with both a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable, which is very convenient if one has computers which use both kinds of ports. I can plug into my 2015 15" rMBP with the USB-C to USB-A cable and retrieve something, then swap cables and stick the files right into my 2016 12" rMB. The USB-C to USB-C cable also works quite nicely with my Samsung T3 external SSD drive as well (for some reason Samsung only provides one USB-C to USB-A cable with their device).

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