External Hard Drive

YJamie85

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Feb 27, 2012
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I have been a Mac User on MacBook Pro 13" late 2011 for almost a month now. I was wondering what type of brand name for an external hard drive to run as Time Machine to use to backup school work, documents, pictures, etc? Thank you.
 

squeakr

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Apr 22, 2010
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Since you want to use it for time machine and depending on the amount of data you want o back up, I would recommend a drive with Firewire 800 if you can swing it. Firewire is easier on the CPU and faster on the throughout. I like the GoFlex drives by Seagate, as the connectors can be changed to address the needs for multiple systems. Little known fact by most is that the GoFlex connectors can be connected to bare Sata drives which allows for easy cloning of internal prior to exchange without the need for a special external case.
 

JHUFrank

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Apr 16, 2010
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For pure Apple sexiness, I have a LaCie Porsche 500 gig external drive. Got it for like 75 bucks at Best Buy on clearance. But I agree with the other guys, any of the major drive makers will do. I also have 1TB Western Digitals and Seagates that work just fine.
 

heisenberg123

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Oct 31, 2010
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Since you want to use it for time machine and depending on the amount of data you want o back up, I would recommend a drive with Firewire 800 if you can swing it. Firewire is easier on the CPU and faster on the throughout. I like the GoFlex drives by Seagate, as the connectors can be changed to address the needs for multiple systems. Little known fact by most is that the GoFlex connectors can be connected to bare Sata drives which allows for easy cloning of internal prior to exchange without the need for a special external case.
Agreed with looking for one with FireWire 800 when I first got my MacBook pro I had a USB 2.0 external and it was fine but when I upgraded my external from 500Mb to 1TB I decided to get one with FireWire 800 and it does backups a restore noticeabley faster


here is what I currently use
Western Digital My Studio 1TB
 
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