Good external harddrive for Timemachine?

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  1. Whackman macrumors member

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    Hi Guys and Gals,

    I just pulled the plug and ordered a 27inch iMac.
    3,5-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost 3,9 GHz
    32 GB 1600-MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x 8 GB
    1 TB flashstorage
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4 GB GDDR5

    Anyone know a good silent fast harddrive for Timemachine?
    Maybe 3TB would be enough for TimeMachine i figured.
    My eye was on the LaCie D2 3TB USB 3.0 Thunderbolt but i'm not certain that is a good choice.

    Thanx ahead!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    2TB would be plenty for you. That would allow room for a full disk backup and room to spare for versioning. No need to spend extra on a Thunderbolt drive for backups. Just get whatever USB3 drive you can find on sale, they are all pretty much the same.

    My personal preference is external drives made by the drive manufacturer themselves, like WD or Seagate. This Seagate model is priced abut $20 less than its WD competitor and would be a good choice. If you find a better deal on another drive, grab it.

    Most of what you will get here are anecdotes along the lines of "I owned drive XX and it sucked" or "I owned drive YY and it was great", neither of which really means anything.
     
  3. Whackman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanx! I guess a Thunderbolt disk is not needed for Timemachine.
    I ordered a 3TB (just to be futureproof for a while) Western Digital usb 3.0.

    Thanx again
     
  4. insane79 macrumors 6502

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    so basically a thunderbolt external drive for time machine is not much different then usb 3? hmmn, i also need an external drive for time machine so will go for a usb3 drive instead :rolleyes:
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Exactly... a hard drive based single external disk cannot even saturate a USB3 connection, so TB is a waste of money.
     
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    The Lacie is a good choice, WD EHD drives have a pretty bad reputation operating with OS X. The issue with WD is the enclosures they use tend to fail within months, while they are cheap they simply do not hold up. In addition WD software is trash and should NEVER be installed.

    However if you are looking for quality I strongly recommend OWC's (www.macsales.com) Mercury Elite Pro line of EHDs. They tend to cost more than WD or Seagate because they use quality components such as 100% aluminum enclosures with great venting, this means the drive stays cooler than being boxed in a cheap plastic case, this translates into longer life.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is nothing wrong with WD drives under OS X. When Mavericks came out there was an incompatibility with some WD software and Mavericks, and once that was addressed by updated WD software, the issue was resolved.

    There is nothing really wrong with Lacie or OWC's drives, but all they are really doing IMO is taking a stock WD or Seagate drive and sticking it in a pretty case and marking up the price.
     

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