hd for time machine on macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by subq, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. subq macrumors member

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    Any recommends on portable hd's for new macbook (no firewire) and time machine?

    The WD passports are terrible in regards to reliability.
     
  2. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    If I didn't have a good working external drive right now, I'd consider a Time Capsule for the whole house to use (5 Macs).
     
  3. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought a Time Capsule 500G and attached my other 500G to it. Pretty sweet.

    Joshua.
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Does it have to be "portable" as in 2.5" HDD? If not, I always like to build my own. I like the Macally External cases with Seagate Barracuda drives.

    Macally also makes 2.5" enclosures, but they don't look as slick as the MyBook, FreeAgent, and Passport OEM drives.

    I have lots of Macally cases in many flavors. I just bought a 2.5" enclosure (PHR-S250CC) with a SATA interface and USB/FW ports. Works great.
     
  5. BayouBengal macrumors regular

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    I only have one Mac so I just took an extra HDD that I had in my old desktop PC and put it in an enclosure, it's a 160gb drive. It's good enough for now. I wanted my 1TB drive to be my back up drive but it won't spin up, time to RMA it!
     
  6. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    This may be the case. However if it is just a backup (not the sole copy of files), wouldn't it be less of an issue?

    Anyway, I use the WD My Book drives. They are quite - no low fan noise, just the normal HDD clicking. Also, it has auto on/off - one less switch to manage when I connect/disconnect.

    In contrast, many external drive enclosures have a power button, with a noisy fan.
     
  7. subq thread starter macrumors member

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    I only have the macbook that I need to back up.

    I would love to back it up to the NAS on the network but I have to hack it for time machine to do that I believe.

    Maybe I will just buy an enclosure and use something other than WD for the drive.
     
  8. miiles macrumors regular

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  9. subq thread starter macrumors member

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    after running the numbers it is almost worth it to just get the time capsule or airport extreme (I use an airport express now so I can't hook a HD into it for time machine over the air)

    I imagine airport extreme would be more flexible as long as I could backup with time machine over the air...does that work? I had read they removed that feature or something (but that was a long time ago).
     

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