External Harddrive for New 256GB Air

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by VentureBro, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. VentureBro macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
    Just got a new 13" air with 256GB which I'm thrilled with. This is my first personal mac so I'm still new to some things. What advice do you have for an external hard drive for exclusively using time machine backups? I don't need anything fancy just something to have in case I mess up my new mac:rolleyes:

    I looked at the apple time capsule but that seemed too expensive for me. Is there a cheaper alternative that takes advantage of usb3 or thunderbolt that will work well with time machine? Preferably under $100.

  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I would just get any USB 3.0 PORTABLE hard drive. Go portable so that it is a one cable solution. These hard drives can be had for less than $100 (I think I paid $72 or something for a Seagate at Amazon a month or so ago). And no they do not have to be Mac specific. You can reformat them when you get them.

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