External for Time Machine

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Life is Sweet, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Life is Sweet macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    I'm buying a macbook in january, so i'm looking for the smallest capacity external with firewire 400. Could someone help me find a good one, i think the size is about 320GB.
  2. djejrejk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    You should check out Western Digital's "MyBook" line. I believe the "studio" edition includes Fw400, Fw800, USB2 and esata. I have one and I love it. You will find that the 500 Gb model is probably the best buy per gb of space.

    I have owned a MyBook pro for almost a year with no problems. Works great with time machine and with Fw800, I can move huge files very quickly if needed.

  3. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    Well, I don't think there is a bus-powered drive that large; 2.5" drives top at 250GB currently. I personally would want a portable drive with my portable computer, but if you're using it as a desktop replacement, it wouldn't be so bad to have a large drive (with all the power bricks and cables).
  4. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    I have a Western Digital Passport (a portable 4x2.5" HD, no external power) and those only go up to 160GB or so. I would suggest investing in a large harddrive that requires external power etc. just cause TM fills up space surprisingly quickly. I have a 160GB that I bought ages ago, but it is already filled even without backing up my system files.

    I would go with the above suggestion and check out the 500GB MyBook line.
  5. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    They go up to 250GB now (WD Passports that is).
  6. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    My measly 120GB saddens me.
  7. Life is Sweet thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2007
    Sorry for the misunderstanding, i wanted a didn't specifically wanted 2.5". 3.5" is fine coz i want at least 250GB.
  8. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Toshiba has released a 320GB 2.5" drive. Put that in your case of choice and you have what the OP was looking for.

    I am using a LaCie 2.5" rugged 160GB, which is on a FW800 cable for my TimeMachine. USB is pretty horrible for the initial backup, if you have plenty to back up.
  9. schreck macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2007
    New England
    I'm going to recommend the Western Digital MyBook line. I peronally have a WD My Book 320gb external with FW 400, and it has worked out quite well for me so far (thought time machine on my computer never has wanted to work with any of my external drives).
  10. torpy macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2007
    Sydney + Los Angeles
    Checkout the LaCie Porsche line, I have a d2 myself and it's been a solid performer so far..
  11. I'm a Mac macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    Western digital's mybook line is pretty good.MAKE SURE YOU BUY ONE WITH FIREWIRE 400- macbooks don't have firewire 800 ports and firewire 400 is faster than usb even though stats may say otherwise.(At least for time machine) For you, the best buy is probably the My book premium edition 250 gb for like 140 but you might want to check out the lacie hds in the apple store.
  12. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Buy a FW800 drive if you can afford it. FW800 is backwards compatible to FW400 with a 9 to 6 pin cable, so if you get a FW800 drive you'll be able to use FW800 if you upgrade computers and apple adds FW800 to the Macbook in the future.
  13. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I am using a G-Drive Mini 160G as my Time Machine Drive on my MBP, it's all you really need for Time Machine, something a little bigger then the internal HD.
  14. avincent52 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    I bought the LaCie Sam Hecht design USB pocket drive. It's 160G for $110.
    I admit that I'm a sucker for design, and this one's pretty cool, including an integral USB cord.
    This is what I'll carry around, but I'll do periodic backups on a plug in 500G USB/Firewire drive.

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