Fastest 3TB external hard drives?

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  1. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

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    Currently I have in my Mac Pro a 1TB drive and two 3TB drives. I'm thinking of upgrading to an iMac, and would need at least two external 3TB drives. I just need two drives that will operate as closely as possible to the way they do inside a Mac Pro.

    Any recommendations? Thanks!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Either get a Firewire or Thunderbolt enclosure or buy Firewire or Thunderbolt HDDs and replace the "small" HDDs with your 3 TB HDDs.
     
  3. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So you think these drives with the FireWire 800 would show similar performance to internal SATA drives in a Mac Pro?

    Can they be left on all the time?

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB
     
  4. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    The drives can be left on yes.

    Firewire 800 will not be faster than SATA nor will it be comparable.
    Firewire800 runs 786 Mbits/per second and SATA 300 MBytes per/second
     
  5. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What will be comparable to SATA then?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Thunderbolt.
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Thunderbolt for me, I'm waiting for Apple to deliver a pegsaus. Four bay's and choose your size of HDD ( I wouldn't buy drives from them...Too expensive) this will give a speed improvement when connected via T/Bolt cable.
     
  8. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I thought Apple already delivers a Pegsaus. What is that exactly? Are there any individual external Thunderbolt drives?
     
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  10. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't see any individual 3TB external thunderbolt drives. Do those exist yet?
     
  11. plucky duck macrumors 6502

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    Wd mybook thunderbolt is out, but it's either 2 2 or 3 tb drives.
     
  12. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

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    WD's is the cheapest way to TB, unless you already have seagate drives (the 3TB ones). The desktop TB adapters are 190 on the seagate site, so they are not cheap and you'd need (2 assuming both externals are seagate).

    The main advantage of the seagate's is that they've consistently benched faster than the ones used in WD's externals.
     
  13. murphychris macrumors 6502a

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    Originally you said you wanted at least two 3TB disks. So what's the problem?
     

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