Good USB 3.0 External Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by molson2k, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. molson2k macrumors member

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    Hello, I just purchased the base 13-inch MacBook Pro with USB 3.0 support. I've already upgraded the HDD to a snappy SSD and now I'd like to upgrade my current 1.5 TB external drive to a 3 TB external drive.

    I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations in regards to USB 3.0 external drives or a combination of USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure/hard drive?

    Besides a capacity of 3 TB, I simply want a drive that is fast! Something that is a minimum of like 100MB/s read/write. I've tried scouring Google for reviews but I haven't found anything too helpful...

    If anyone has any experience with USB 3.0 external drives or an opinion/recommendation, please toss a shout!
     
  2. golu14 macrumors regular

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    If money isnt an issue, try the thunderbolt drives.
    Look for these, and good usb 3.0s in the official apple store, they list only the best.:apple:
     
  3. Trey M macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to know this as well- also, something that'll work well with Time Machine.
     
  4. Rmafive macrumors 6502

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    Check out Seagate. They make a very cheap thunderbolt drive (<$400) and a great USB 3.0 drive (<$200). You can get the USB 3.0 drive for cheap and buy the thunderbolt plug in for only $180 if you want more speed.
     
  5. molson2k thread starter macrumors member

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    My budget is approximately $200. Thunderbolt still doesn't offer the the best bang for the buck even though I know it offers tremendously greater transfer speeds, but USB 3.0 is "good enough" for now until Thunderbolt devices become more cost effective in the future.

    Any thoughts or opinions on the USB 3.0 Seagate Expansion 3 TB drive? It's right up my alley but I'm unsure of its actual real world performance.

    http://www.amazon.ca/Seagate-Expansion-Desktop-External-STAY3000102/dp/B0056YNA1Q
     
  6. CFoss macrumors 6502

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    Time Machine doesn't need to be fast if you plan on leaving the drive plugged in (or recovering lots of data on a regular basis).


    TC, what do you plan on using the External Drive with? There are plenty of decent USB3 HDDs. Western Digital, Seagate, Adata all make decent drives. You could even purchase an internal drive and an enclosure. Other people on the forums might have a better idea what to go with though.

    Good luck!
     
  7. frozi macrumors member

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    I too am in the same situation you are in. Currently I am looking at WD usb 3.0

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...Y5UV4A/ref=dp_ob_title_ce/186-6228110-3878121

    Trying to find reviews from editors
     
  8. molson2k thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I was considering buying an internal drive with an enclosure as well.

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_1086_210_212&item_id=042242

    Pairing this Seagate internal drive with a USB 3.0 enclosure should be able to get me my minimum 100 MB/s read/write speeds you think?
     
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    Even with recent 3TB/4TB drives, the most you're going to get is around 175MB/sec on platter drives. The platters are so dense that the speed is increased when data is fit on a bigger platter.

    USB3.0 is the way to go. Save your money and get it instead of Thunderbolt.

    If you want something portable then you can get a self powered USB3.0 enclosure and pop in your own 2.5" 512GB SSD or 1TB HDD. Such as this one.
     
  11. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Use a Western Digital Caviar Green WD30EZRX within a InXtron SK-3500 Super-S3 SK3-SBU3OS. See also:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=15047023#post15047023
     
  12. Trey M macrumors 6502a

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    I was looking for a drive that I'd plug in maybe once every month or so to make a quick backup. Hopefully USB 3.0 would help the speed of this backup. I'm definitely not planning on leaving it plugged in.
     
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  14. powerslave65 macrumors regular

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    I just picked one up that a producer paid for on site at a corporate gig.
    Lacie FW800 eSata USB 3 and 2. It's called the D2 quadra. 3 year warranty and it was getting write speeds of around 115 and reads around 135 on an empty drive using usb 3.0 loving the usb 3.0 finally!!
     
  15. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    I just bought this one from the same place (I got silver colored to match my MBP).

    Overall, a really nice external. The cord is about 12 inches long (black). The speed is much faster than the traditional 2.0 drives. I've had a similar 1TB WD 2.0 hard drive for the past 2 years without any issues, so I went with another WD. It fits in my old WD case which is a plus.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions about it...I'm very please with it. I partitioned a 250GB section (FAT) and a 750 GB section for TM.
     
  16. skuid87 macrumors regular

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    This drive looks great. Can't find what the speed of the internal drive is though... is it 5400rpm or 7200rpm?

    Thanks
     
  17. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Great question. To be honest, I don't know and I don't think it was mentioned on the packaging. Here is the owner's manual. It doesn't even reference the platter speed.

    Just being so much faster than my past 10 years of USB 2.0 was enough for me. Plus it was only $100 for a 1TB drive.
     
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  19. Newbie MacUser macrumors member

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    Hey you should get the seagate goflex turbo 500 or 750gb models are available. It comes with USB 3.0 stock adapter but they made the drive in a way you can switch out the adapter with a thunderbolt/FireWire 800 connection. It's blazing fast!
     
  20. frozi macrumors member

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    thanks COSMO!!
     
  21. vladzaharia macrumors regular

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    They retired the GoFlex drives. There's a new model of them available called Backup Plus.
     
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  23. junebug1 macrumors regular

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    I just bought this in silver and it's a fantastic drive with great read/write speeds and for some icing on the cake it is a stellar match in color to the MBP. Overall great price and product, should definitely take care of most anybody's standard needs.
     

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