External HD for 13" air

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  1. tgwarmac32 macrumors newbie

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    Going to buy my first macbook air 13" next week. Still debating on the 256. I see people saying 128 is enough, but still leary for some reason. If I go with the 128, what is the best external USB 3.0 HD??
     
  2. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

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    If you will go with the MacBook Air, you will definitely want an External HDD. Even I, who has a 1TB disk needs more.

    But it all depends on what you have. I have 1080p files and 8 Megapixels of thousands of photos. If you're doing standard things such as web, pages, keynote and numbers, I'm sure you won't need an external HDD.
     
  3. Wokis macrumors regular

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    I don't know about the "best", but I'm using a 1TB version of WD My Passport Essential SE. Apparently it's faster than the "non-essential" version if you're to believe WD.

    http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=430

    It needed formatting for mac but that's such a simple operation that I don't get why they have a mac version as well. But they do. o_O.
     
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  5. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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    So, your recommendation is what?:confused:
     
  6. MacBird macrumors 6502

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    I bought a USB 3.0 2TB Western Digital "My Passport". Read and write is about 100 MB/s and it does not need external power supply.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I have the same one in the 750GB size and it works quite well. Good price in those also.
     
  8. Scylax macrumors regular

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    I would think carefully about limiting yourself to 128GB internal storage - that feels tight very quickly in my experience, even without a lot of media.

    Regardless, you will almost certainly want an external.

    My first point - do get a portable one! I bought a desktop one with an external power supply for backup purposes, but having to take my MBA to the desk, where I don't work, find a spare socket for the drive etc. mean I don't back up as often as I should. Yes, they are minor inconveniences, but having any resistance to your backup and storage routines seems like a very bad idea.

    Second - I also have a WD passport drive, and I like it very much. I also have a very good Samsung which I got from Amazon at an excellent price (in pink with hearts, but it comes in plenty of more subdued designs), and I would recommend either. TBH I would just go for whichever of the two I could get a better deal on, though I like the feel of the WD a little better (it's more 'compact' somehow). I've tried a Seagate, and they are nice, but mine at least is much slower in operation than the other two.

    A good thumb-drive or SD-card is a good idea too for on-the-go storage and backup, and again can be had very cheap.
     
  9. dmelgar macrumors 68000

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    I bought a 1TB external Seagate. It's somewhat large, but portable and doesn't need an external supply. I'm getting as much as 90MB read/write over USB3.0. But now that I have it, I'm wondering if it's too much. It's sort of bulky, and 1TB is huge. I ended up ordering a 64GB USB flash drive from tiger for $25. I'm thinking that might be enough when I'm away from home. At home I'm plugging into a docking station with 2 3.5" drives over USB3.0 getting up to 113MB/sec. The docking station was only $29 on Amazon.
     
  10. falterego macrumors 6502

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    How to save $100 on the upgrade

    Going from 128GB to 256GB on the Apple site is a $300 upgrade. For that price I can get a 240GB SSD ($175 at the time of posting) and a USB 3.0 external case ($26 at the time of posting) and still have about $100 in my wallet. That gives me 128GB in the computer and 240GB portable to take between laptop/desktop or whatever. All SSD so shock is no problem.

    I've done this exact setup with my 60GB Vertex 2 and looking at the price I might just upgrade to the 240GB and call it a win.
     
  11. JonathanK81 macrumors 6502

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    I have the 256GB model and did just buy the WD 2TB USB 3.0 My Passport. It transfers super fast, and of course, takes advantage of USB 3.0
     

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