External HD for iMac!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Keiranmorphew, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Keiranmorphew macrumors newbie

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    Looking to buy an external HD (1TB) for my iMac.. Just to keep my iMac unclogged. Does anyone have a preferred brand in external HD? Cheers Keiran
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  4. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I've got both Western Digital and Iomega firewire 800 drives, and am as pleased as can be with both.
     
  5. talmy macrumors 601

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    Agree with the Mercury Elite-AL Pro from OWC. I've got five of them running for 2-4 years now with no problems. An advantage of these over most brands is you can open the case to upgrade the drive in the future or retrieve data from the drive if the controller fails (not that I've had a failure).

    Photo below shows 4 of them connected to my mini server as I've consolidated all my externals to a single system. The "toaster" is for backing them up.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. zballer macrumors newbie

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    I am using portable G Drive (2tb) and the My Book Studio (3tb) for backup and storage. Both are clean looking and compliment the iMac.
     
  7. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    I've also found the OWC On-The-Go Pro to be versatile and reliable for my back up and cloning needs.
     
  8. freedevil macrumors 6502a

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    Just buy a dual case enclosure but don't buy the OWC Mercury Elite. You can then buy the hdd separately with the 5 year warranty. I have never had an enclosure fail until I bought OWC. I have an acomdata now, it was $50 and runs flawlessly. The one negative is putting it back together perfectly or else the fan vibrations drive you insane. I had to pull the back cover off and now its silent.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's nothing wrong with the OWC Mercury Elite. I've been using them for 4 years with zero problems, and the OWC warranty is very good.
     
  10. talmy macrumors 601

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    A disadvantage of dual enclosures. The single enclosures don't need the fan so are quieter. And you don't have potential fan failure to worry about. (I've had more computer fans fail than any other component, including disk drives!)

    I've never tried the OWC Mercury Elite dual enclosures, so don't know anything about them, but the single drive enclosures are superb.
     
  11. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Of all my Western Digiatal Externals the one that failed was the FIREWIRE one.

    I trashed that and replaced it with this one ......

    G-Tech G-DRIVE 2TB External Hard Drive

    It's nice, has not failed, performs flawlessly.

    I'm tired of buying an extern drive every time I need a bit more space. I have 6 of them here and replacing all of them with a 4 or 6 drive raid array soon.
     
  12. freedevil macrumors 6502a

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    My OWC fan did not fail. The unit itself did. It also killed my hdds. I have 5 year warranty on my hdds so it was not a problem. From my experience with externals + hdd combos, the warranty is terrible (usually 1 year). Its more economical to buy a case and hdd separately. Worst case you lose a $50 case versus the hdd. My dual case is extremely quiet. Sure, the back cover isn't on but it doesn't bother me.
     

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