External hard drives: G-technology's G-drive vs Samsung SSD vs Seagate

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by edavt04, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. edavt04 macrumors member

    May 12, 2016
    Hey there guys!!

    I have lots of precious pictures, videos and home made movies about our family. Have you done any research what is the most reliable external hard drive to store them? I am ok if it's expensive...
  2. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    All drives can fail. The solution will be to make sure you have a good backup routine.
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I agree with steve23094, all drives will fail. You need more than one backup if the files are very important. Why spend a bunch of money for one expensive drive solution, it is still a single point failure waiting to happen. It would be better to have multiple backups using less expensive drives (different manufacturers). It is best to keep at least one of the backups at a different location in case your primary site is lost.
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    The healthiest attitude is to assume all your drives will fail. But I'd trust a Samsung SSD over a Seagate HDD.

    You should: Keep your data on at least three different drives, on both HDDs and SSDs, and have at least one of the drives in a separate location.

    If you want the best, the Samsung 850 Pro SSD carries a 10-year warranty.
  5. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Take a look at the Samsung T3. We have been using both the 500 GB and 1TB versions. They are small, solidly built, and very fast (450 GB/sec on USB3 with Blackmagic). It has a USB C port, and comes with USB C to USB 3 cable. It is nice having everything in one small sealed package.

    For me it replaced a Samsung 850 and external enclosure. That had some issues with falling off-line and was considerably bigger and heavier.

    But heed Steve's words. Nothing is backed up until it is in 3 places (at least).
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There are fans of different brands, but they really are pretty much all the same. Just decide if you want a 2.5 inch portable or a 3.5 inch desktop drive, then just go out and grab whatever USB3 you can find on sale in the size you need.
  7. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Another fan here of the Samsung external T3 SSD (and its predecessor the T1)! Fast, small and easy to always have with you and versatile. I have just recently purchased a 12" MacBook with the USB-C port, and now I use the USB-C cable to plug the T3 directly into the new machine, while still also able to use it with my rMBP, utilizing the USB-C to USB-A cable that comes with the T3. Makes transferring files and folders from one machine to the other a breeze!

    I also use desktop external drives as well for backups -- in the past I used G-Drives but over the past couple of years I've been going with Seagate and so far (knock-on-wood!) no problems at all. The 4 TB capacity is great for backing up and saving all kinds of stuff and for backing up from more than one computer as well. Redundancy is key here -- everything is on the two Seagate external drives plus the most important stuff is also on the smaller 1TB and 2 TB T1 and T3 SSDs, which I've been using as supplements to my rMBP and now the rMB. Prior to purchasing the T1 last year I also used a couple of 2.5 portable bus-driven external drives, too.

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