external hard drive, which one should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mhuff, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. mhuff macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    I have a macbook with 120 gb hard drive. I am looking to purchase an external hard drive and I was wondering what size and brand to purchase. Any takers?
  2. terp2007 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2008
  3. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
  4. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    There's no way we can tell you how big a hard drive you need without you telling us how much space you actually use (and will use in the future if you extrapolate your space usage figures). That said, I've had no problem with my FreeAgent Go that I've had for a while.
  5. RebornKillah macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    Orange County, CA

    Well...first of all what size are you looking for and what is your price range? I have had both WD and G-Drives. Both are excellent. My WD has lasted me for 4 years so far and is going strong. I just picked up a 500 GB G-Drive Q for $160 off Amazon. I highly recommend it.


  6. adamvk macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I just bought a Maxtor OneTouch 4 1TB for $110 at Tiger Direct. Its a great drive.
  7. Ti_Poussin macrumors regular


    May 6, 2005
    Buy an enclosure and buy a hard drive separately, it will cost you less! take a firewire800 / USB2 / eSATA enclosure, it will be more future proof.

    If you need the drive always up and running, take an enclosure with a fan.
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Search the forums.

    My vote would go probably towards the Western Digital, although I have had no problems with my Iomega UltraMax Pro, my main concern with it though is the limited cache size, however I use it solely for back up. I also have a G-Tech, while I rarely (I actually don't think ever) hear bad things about them and have never had a problem, you are paying premium.

    And like always:

    Everyone has their own experiences, but I imagine that most of them are positive. Sure, there are these threads about how person x's drive failed and person y wouldn't buy anything but them. I own three drives that there are plenty of horror stories about.

    No one would ever post: "I love my Western Digital 1TB Drive", unless someone posts a horror story about one. Companies ship tons of drives daily, not everyone will be perfect.

    The best advice is to find one that has a good warranty and excellent customer service. And then avoid reading these threads so you don't lose any sleep.

    Or you could be OCD, anal and paranoid like me and have two back-up drives.

    Next Thread...
  9. TRAG macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2009
    Louisiana, USA
    I recommend Hitachi's SimpleTech Signature Mini hard Drives. They're highly portable with 500 GB of space. I use it for Time Machine and VIDEO_TS files. I've never had any problems whatsoever.
  10. buckeye17 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Actually I've found that a full external hard drive is usually around the same price of a standalone harddrive... Unless you're looking for special features like the triple interface you listed, then it might make more sense.
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The principal reason for assembling your own drive and enclosure is that you can take it apart if something goes wrong. Do that to a canned drive and you likely void the warranty. My experience is that controllers fail more often than the drives, thus you can still recover the info by disassembling the drive.
  12. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    I went the cheap route my external HD is my old 40 gig internal one, I bought a usb adapter kit for 30 bucks on OWC and use it as my time machine back up along with the time machine editor so I only have to back up once a day that way I don't wind up filling the lil old thing up.
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    LaCie doesn't make hard drives. They make fancy looking enclosures and nothing more.

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