How long can your external HD last for your Mac mini / Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by digitalmac, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. digitalmac macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2008
    I have been using an external hard disk for my Mac mini for almost 3 years. I used this for my EyeTV recordings, iTunes movies / musics. However, I had since then 2 different hard disks broken down. The first one was a LaCie for Mac mini and the second one is a Western Digital MyBook. I thought that having an energy save feature on the WD MyBook will help preventing this kind of situation. Anyhow, it happened that soon again.

    Do you have the same experiences?
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    I've been using a variety of external drives from LaCie, Newertech, and Seagate on a Powermac and minis since 2004.

    The only drive which has gotten sickly was the enclosure without a fan. Your mileage may vary.

    (who only buys enclosures with fans now)
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Fans are def. good. Every drive is different, I've owned numerous drives and went four years before having my first drive fail; granted, that drive was only three months old.
  4. digitalmac thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2008
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    Maybe I was having no luck on my external hard disk. I was so disappointed on how frequent my previous 2 HD to breakdown. And I realized how important is to perform a routine backup.
    I didn't have any backup when my first drive failed. My whole 320G worths of videos and TV shows were gone.
  5. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    I had a drive fail but it was my own fault. It was a brown segate 500 gb external drive it was standing up like they do and i hit something that hit it and it fell over that drive died as a result so make sure to keep them out of harms way.
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    My experience has been identical. I have not lost any external drives in the last 4 to 5 years except the one in an enclosure with no fans. I still use that enclosure, just without the box on it.

    I have several laptop drives in external enclosures that don't have fans and they have been rock solid for the last year. Maybe they are designed to be more rugged? But I don't use them nearly as much. My other externals have been on continuously since I purchased them. Almost all of them are hooked up to my server and thus been on since I purchased them.

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