External Hard Drive Recomendation

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jeme, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. jeme macrumors regular

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    So I have some choices here.

    Seagate 1.5TB external hard drive - $139 - usb only connection

    WD Home Edition - 1TB external hard drive - $134 - has USB, esata and FW400

    Any comments or recomendations here?
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    It really depends on what you plan to do with it.

    If you're using it as a backup device, the USB connection is fine.

    If you plan to work on large files directly on it, you'll likely be happier with the FW interface.
     
  3. jeme thread starter macrumors regular

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    Back up only - perhaps pulling some data back and fourth - but mainly time machine - FYI WD - 3 year warranty, Seagate 5 year warranty
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    For Time Machine, I think this becomes a no-brainer - go USB and get the extra capacity.

    I'm using a USB dock for TM and it works fine.
     
  5. Takahashi macrumors newbie

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    Either will work, I've had problems with every external except Lacie and Seagate. The only advice I would say is maintain the thing. If an external is left on for extended periods of time it has a high chance of overheating. Also be sure to clean out any gathering dust. I have gone through countless externals with only two survivors...(dang family). I would say the Seagate hands down.

    PS: Keep out of reach of children!
     

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