External HDDs and upgrade path?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by splitpea, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    What connection type would you choose when buying a new external hard drive?

    USB 2 isn't very fast, but Apple seems to be de-emphasizing Firewire and eSATA isn't even an option on anything except the Mac Pros AFAICT.

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Firewire. It's still there.

    And the connection also depends on what Mac you have.
    There are several that could support eSATA.
  3. iggity pop macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    external hdd's

    Firewire is ok, I can't wait for USB3
  4. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    If you look around I'd get one that has connections for both Firewire and USB2 on the back. Unless you get a portable 2.5in USB powered one a multi connection in the back is not uncommon. My WestDigital had Firewire, USB2, eSata, and UltraWide SCSI(Just kidding). No really, big drives should have more then one connection.
  5. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    If I were choosing a new external, and eSATA wasn't an option on my particular mac machine, I would go for firewire 800. It is almost as fast as eSATA.

    In a year or two either USB 3.0 or Lightpeak is going to start becoming more widely adopted by industry (to me, Lightpeak seems like the more promising technology).
  6. joaoferro37 macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Vogon Planet Destructor
    If it is a single drive, I would get FireWire 800 over anything else.
    For more than one drive, I suggest using eSATA.
    If you really need fast, portable, and not to worry about upgrade it, try this
    Fully compatible with Fusion I/O and the speed is over 1GB/s
  7. splitpea thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Which besides the Mac Pro?

    What is that, and what Macs would it be compatible with?

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