External Drive suggestions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BilltheCat, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. BilltheCat macrumors regular

    BilltheCat

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    I want to add an external drive for my iMac but dont know much about them for macs. Who's products for mac do you all like for drives?

    Thanks in advance!:D
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I have a LaCie 3 interface drive...has FW 400, FW 800 and USB 2.0, its really a good drive. I'd recomend it...I also have a Maxtor USB 2.0 and 1.1...I had erase it when I first got it(even thought there wasn't anything on it) to allow me to put things on it, but it was on sale, so I don't care. Works fine, but I like the LaCie drive more, if you can get FW 400 and USB 2.0(FW 800 is nice, but few computer have it)

    FW 400 is nice for your computer( a Mac) but if you need to using on a PC, not all have FW 400, so USB 2.0 is nice to make sure it works with most computers.
     
  3. BilltheCat thread starter macrumors regular

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    It would be

    for the imac thanks! I will look at that model!
     
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  5. dailo macrumors regular

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    The APRICORN enclosure is pretty well known and from all the benchmarks it's one of the top performers, but they are a little pricier. I think getting an enclosure and then getting a SEAGATE drive will be your best bet because it will be cheaper and you'll be able to take advantage of the 5 year warranty.
     
  6. iLoveMyMBP macrumors regular

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    I was in the same spot your in....luckly i had an extra harddrive laying around...i went to my local electronics store and bought a harddrive enclosure which works flawlessly and is a million times cheeper then buying a external harddrive....u can always get a cheep harddrive on ebay!
     
  7. -Alan- macrumors member

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    I'm curious to know if you can transfer files from a window's machine to a Mac using one of these external drives. Will the Mac try to reformat the drive instead of reading it?
     
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    There is a app in OSX called Migrate...explore that i'm sure you'll find an answer
     
  10. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....I would recommend searching the forum - there really must be countless threads asking this very same thing...it comes up at least every week....oh yeah!
     
  11. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    the most important thing I'd say it to get a a drive with firewire. Firewire works SO MUCH better than USB. Get a firewire one. That is one of the biggest things.

    The Stig
     

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