External storage for rMBP

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  1. twdi macrumors member

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    I have a 15 inch rMBP since a few weekend and I really like it.
    Because it only has 256 gb, I need an external storage solution but I'm not known in the brands...

    I've seen nice onces from LaCie, G-technology etc... I think a 2TB unit is fine with USB3 or thunderbolt.

    So which one and brand would give me the safest solution?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Many of us use the WD My Passport drives. They don't seem to have any compatibility issues and are reasonably priced.
     
  3. twdi thread starter macrumors member

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    What kind of compatibilty issues?
     
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    There have been a few reports from users here about some brands/models of external drive not working correctly under OS X. I have not seen reports like that with the WD My Passport drives.

    In theory, a drive is a drive and they should all work with OS x/Macs, but some seem to have firmware bugs that cause problems.
     
  5. twdi thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks.

    I've found the g-technology G-drive 3TB usb3 for 250 euro on the apple.nl site.
    I think that's a fair price so I think I will order it.
     
  6. B..., Mar 17, 2013
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    In the US, a WD 3 TB HDD external usb 3.0 is $130. 250 euros is complete ripoff!
     
  7. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    Is there a firewire version of these?? I only see USB versions.
     
  8. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I just got the 1TB version of this from Amazon--$79--very nice drive--works perfect with my rMBP. No Firewire but it is USB 3.
     
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    That article recommends the MyBook Series,and a 3 TB My Book 3.0 is 130 USD.
     
  11. Roger73 macrumors newbie

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    1Tb and 256SSD

    I have a 1tb usb3 WD 2.5" drive. Works a treat and good performance ~80mb

    Also got a Samsung 840 256SSD and put that in a cheap usb3 enclosure. Get around 200mb red and write to it, so around half the internal SSD disk perf.

    Gotta love both for space/speed.

    Cheers

    Rog

    RMBP 15" 256SSD 2013
     
  12. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    If you arent going to carry it around, get WD 3TB My Book Essential.
    Its 129USD on B&H and it has USB3.
     
  13. MacKid, Mar 17, 2013
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    I use a 2TB My Passport. 500GB for off-loading Boot Camp applications (so that I can use just 25 on the internal SSD for the OS), 1.5 for Time Machine and general storage. Oh, and don't pay the extra $20-ish for the "Mac compatible" drive unless you like its silver design. You can always reformat a drive/partition to work with whatever you need.
     
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    20$ isn't for mac compatibility but for a fully aluminum enclosure.
     
  16. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

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    Buffalo 1 tb thunderbolt modewl is awesome. Small and fast.
     
  17. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    I just ordered a LaCie 256GB SSD which has USB3.0 and thunderbolt ports. Might be too small for you if you were looking at 1TB or bigger drives (my rMBP has the 768GB SSD, so don't need nothing bigger at this time), but reports says it is a very fast drive in USB3.0, even faster in thunderbolt. I paid $295 plus shipping thriugh Ebay. Hope this helps.
     
  18. MacKid macrumors 6502

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    Sure, which is why I said you shouldn't pay for it unless that design is worth that much to you.
     

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