External HDD usb 3, metal/non metal?

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  1. MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Hi Guys
    just got a MBP for travel
    now looking at external hdd's for backup and one for storing images
    been looking at our local stores for WD 1 and 2 TB,
    What I have noticed is that the only difference is price?
    The metal ones are about 50% cheaper but cannot see any spec differences?

    Which is best? Non-metal or metal?
    ........Gary
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

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    I can't imagine the external case making a difference one way or another, unless you're exceptionally hard on the thing (tossing it around in your backpack, etc.). USB drives are pretty much commodities at this point, get enough storage for what you need and the rest is secondary.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    You have to look at the speed of hard drive inside the case!
     
  4. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Good point, tks, didn't even think of that
    more research required!
    ......Gary
     
  5. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Metal is good for cooling.

    Differences include the drive size and speed and the controller. If you get a 'fast' variant it will cost a lot more than a standard one limited to under 200MB/s.
     
  6. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Tks,
    haven't pulled the trigger yet, will do after easter, metal for cooling! will look at metal
    .....Gary
     

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