external HD recommendations?

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  1. MacIllini macrumors member

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    my apologies if there is a previous ongoing thread on this topic

    I'm looking for a reliable 500GB to 1TB capacity external hard drive for my MacBook Pro, primarily to store pics, music, etc. I do lots of amatuer photography.

    any brand or model recommendations?

    (or please refer me to any older threads on this topic)
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Well, I'm very partial to LaCie (just Google 'em).

    Although, you may also want to look into DroBo - it's a pretty slick system if you can afford the cost.
     
  3. Batt macrumors 65816

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    My money's on Seagate. I've got two and they're fast, quiet and reliable.
     
  4. hidrev macrumors newbie

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    I like the NewerTech ministack, because of the extra ports. When I hook up my laptop, I'm also connecting to my printer, my scanner, my older drives-it's like back when you could insert your laptop into a dock with all the ports you needed.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministackv3

    My 500G has been reliable for over a year, I'm ready to upgrade to the 1TB model.
     
  5. brentg33 macrumors 6502a

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    i too am looking for a 1TB external for my MBP....if anyone had to choose between Lacie big disk extreme+ or Maxtor one touch 4 or WD my book or fantom....any suggestions?
    thanks
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    try the WD my book series, but if you want something smaller, seagate makes good drives that are notebook size, the biggest is 320gb i think..
     
  7. iShater macrumors 604

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    I prefer to build my own. Find a good FireWire/USB2.0 case, find a good deal on an internal HD. Combine the two, and voila!
     
  8. sclough macrumors regular

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    I've had good success with Seagate. I'm currently using a 500MB one that I think is called FreeAgent or something like that.
     
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    I am not sure about this specific enclosure, but I do recommend a Seagate internal.
     
  11. MacIllini thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the suggestions.

    here's another question... any particular brands or models to AVOID?
     
  12. haze macrumors regular

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    Avoid Maxtor at all costs. I'd recommend Seagate. WD not bad either.
     
  13. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I've always liked LaCie's, but you will pay a design and brand-name premium.

    Otherwise NewEgg.com has a lot of drives available with customer reviews.
     
  14. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

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    My only comment on the ministack is the V3 I have has a very loud fan. If you are at all bothered by fan noise, look for an enclosure that is passively cooled. (I now have it attached to my Airport Extreme in the basement next to my kid's Xbox 360 ... you can't hear anything over the fans in the Xbox!)

    I have a Macally PHR-S100SUA aluminum enclosure with a 750GB drive and it works great. My next enclosure will likely be the next model up that has FW800, since I now have a MBP that supports it. (I only have 80GB left on that drive, so I will be getting something in the next few weeks.)

    I also purchase lots of stuff from NewEgg and have not had any problems. (I have not had to return anything yet either ... so I can't speak to that.) The reviews on NewEgg are generally helpful to get a feel for the reliability of the drives, etc.
     
  15. UFO212 macrumors member

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    i had a horrible experience with seagate.. now with LaCie.. no problem at all so far...
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    SeaGate rules. LaCie is overpriced. Especially with HD prices going south. If you want something flashy and so-so quality, go LaCie. Otherwise SeaGate and WD internal drives are very excellent quality.
     
  17. blurredline macrumors 6502

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    Lacie all the way. Here in Canada at my local Futureshop they had a 1TB HD on for $169!!! I thought that was a steal. I guess the back to school season brings out good deals.
     
  18. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Pref 1: Seagate FreeAgent Pro
    Pref 2: -----do-------------- Desktop (USB only)
    Pref 3: Western Digital Home
    My 1000th post!
     
  19. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I have a question...MyBook Studio I (Single Drive 500GB) vs. LaCie Rugged 320GB?
     
  20. cube macrumors G5

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    I find attaching a disk to the Macpower quad interface case easier than an OWC Elite Pro (not quad) that I got.

    For the disk, Samsung F1 is fast, dense, and cheap. Beware that if for some reason you need to downgrade it from 3 Gbps to 1.5 Gbps, it requires running a Windows utility, as there is no jumper for this.
     
  21. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

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    Seconded. WD harddrives have always served me extremely well.
    Otherwise ChiliGreen makes good HD's as well.
     
  22. fuego macrumors newbie

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    I actually just came to ask the same question. Someone gave me a WD MyBook Studio Edition, so I've been reading reviews. I've heard some good things, but apparently they just plain don't work for a lot of people. They've been having some problems with it, so now I don't know what to think of it.

    From this thread, it seems Seagate and LaCie are popular.
     
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  24. MacIllini thread starter macrumors member

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    which Icydock enclosure model do you use? seems like there's a wide price range
     
  25. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    I use LaCie as well and haven't had a problem. Although my 500gb D2 quadro (? not exactly sure of the model) is a bit noisy in the clicking way. But I don't care.
     

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