External Hard Drive question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bcab14, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. bcab14 macrumors newbie

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    I am looking at getting an external hard drive very quickly to back up mainly music, pictures and some personal files. I am looking at the WD passport Studio 320GB and it says that with Tiger you need backup software. Do i actually need this software or can i just plug in the drive and drag and drop it with no compression?? i know i wont use 320GB ever.

    second question is if this Hard drive is any good or does anyone have other suggestions on a better model that i can get in the next couple days.
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    Yes you can drag and drop. There's also freeware backup software available at versiontracker.com.

    Some people here have drive brand preferences. I may have just been lucky, but I just go with the best deal (unless they won't/can't tell you the brand name). I own several WD drives, internal and external - all working fine. Also have Seagate and Samsung and Hitachi and others - working fine.

    Good luck
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    You'll need to reinitialize the drive as OS X HFS+ with journaling enabled. If you ever plan to use it as a bootable drive on an Intel-Mac, then you'll also need to enable GUID partition table under the Partition tab of Disc Utility.

    Personally, I wouldn't buy a WD drive. All three desktops that I've owned have failed and their customer service is atrocious. Samsung or Seagate for me (although my 2-week old 1.5 TB Seagate drive just failed and is in process of being replaced). I'm neutral on Hitachi. The one drive I owned (IBM) worked great for more than 5 years until I retired it.
     
  4. mattyxxl macrumors newbie

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    I suggest macsales.com

    I just bought a drive from macsales.com OWC On-the-go 320GB 7200RPM 16MB cache 3.0Gb Sec. I love it.. I went with the USB / Firewire 400 and 800 option. It is super fast. I ordered it last night..like 7 or 8pm and got it today.. very nice product.. and great shipping.
     
  5. Dave-S macrumors newbie

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    I'm new to mac so please bear with the basic questions. Do i have to buy a mac specific external hard drive or can i just buy any external hard drive and plan on reformatting it to HFS
     
  6. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Any drive will do. Just launch Disk Utility and reformat as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you want to be able to read and write to the drive from either a Mac or a PC, format as FAT.
     
  7. mknawabi macrumors 6502

    mknawabi

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    If you have your files organized properly, drag and drop will be fine. You can even create a bash script and cron it, so that it is automated. Thank goodness for the power of the shell :)
     

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