External Hard Drives for Mountain Lion?

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  1. macuser1232, Oct 21, 2012
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    Hey I'm looking for an external hard drive that has 2.0 USB(can have other ports too) that is under 100 dollars that has a capacity of 500GB. What hard drives should I look at? Any good western digitals? Also, I can have a portable or desktop hard drive. Doesn't matter.

    Thanks
     
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I picked up a one TB Toshiba hard drive about two years ago for about $99. Not sure if the price has gone down since then or if it's the same or higher.
     
  3. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I could get one for cheaper. Thanks anyway though.
     
  4. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I am going to go with the Western Digital My Passport Studio.
     
  5. Gala macrumors regular

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    I just got a TB WD Passport Mac formatted today. Going through my initial backup now. It's small, sturdy, and silver/black so it looks appealing too next to my Macbook. The guy at the store said I can not only have TM back it up but I can drag and drop items into a separate folder to use it as an HDD too.

    I plan to store 250 mb of movies in the passport and then have TC backup routinely also.
     
  6. Vandefilm macrumors regular

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    I bought a 1 TB harddrive 2 years agoo for 70 euro's (90 dollars?). I have it formatted in two partitions, one for TM and one for storage. It's not the fastest thing on earth, but i don't mind waiting an extra minute. I would be strange if those things costs more nowadays.
     
  7. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How come you have to format it? Doesn't it already come in the Mac hard drive format?
     
  8. Gala macrumors regular

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    I should have phrased it differently. I was looking into getting the WD Passport on Amazon and decided to check them out at Best Buy while I was there yesterday. There was a "WD Passport" & then in a different section there was a "WD Passport For Mac". From what I understand the one for Mac is set up/formatted so that it works out of the box with Time Machine & it seems that you can also use it as side storage.

    After my first Time Machine Backup last night I now have, within Passport, a folder (Backups) with a subfolder (Macbook Pro) with a dated backup file in it. I also made my own folder next to the Backups one (Movies). I put 200GB of movies in that folder and iTunes seems to be reading them from the Passport fine right now.
     

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