Good External HDD for Macbook Pro

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  1. Gibsoni macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to replace my second WD external portable HDD with another brand. The second one has now completely corrupted and I have struggled to salvage the most important data from it but have lost a lot. I don't want to trust this brand again after the past years experience so I would like some recommendations for another, I'm considering a 1TD or greater to back up my mac as well as store photos, music etc.
     
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    Unless you like to continue losing information, get the "As well as" out of your head. Backups are backups. Data is data. If your data and your backup are on the same drive, you continue to be at risk of losing data.
     
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    Just get a decent drive, and then get another one for the backups.

    This is, in my opinion, the aspect that most people overlook: as soon as you get some cool extra storage option like an external drive, a NAS or what have you, you also have to spend extra money on a backup option.
     
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    The only companies actually making hard drives now are Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba. So no matter that you buy it will have one of those drives inside. If you don't want another WD drive, that leaves Seagate and Toshiba. Flip a coin and pick one that has an enclosure you like. There really is no difference in drives as far as brand goes.
     
  7. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    Unless you want one with a hybrid cache, like the Buffalo Station DDR series. I got a 3TB for less than $150. At that rate, you can get two and have one as a back up.

    This is probably the simplest and cheapest way to get a drive and a back up. Even if you spend more money for a RAID array, you would still need to back it up because RAID does not eliminate the need for a back up as RAID could fail.
     
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  9. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Where did that multitalent Samsung go?
     
  10. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    Seagate HDD are now part of Seagate.
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Nope. Buffalo does not make hard drives. That Buffalo product uses a standard Seagate 3.5 inch hard drive inside. See this review. Teardown photo below from the article. The caching used by this enclosure is handled on the logic board in the device.

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  12. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Seagate has always been part of Seagate ;)
    Did you mean Samsung is now Seagate?
     
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    OK, got it!
     

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