How reliable is a My Passport external HD for longterm storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by silkyjohnson, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. silkyjohnson macrumors newbie

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    Hi! I bought a My Passport 320 GB external hard drive and I rarely use it. I keep all of my Music and Videos in a My Book I bought a while longer

    Since I only had a windows PC, the My Book worked fine for my needs.

    I just purchased a MacBook Pro though, and I used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 in it.

    So now I basically have 3 set-ups and I just want to keep all my media files in one place for easy access. I figured, pending your opinions, that the My Passport external HD is the best way to go so that I can use my media on all three platforms without having them scattered through out different hard-drives.

    I just want to get your opinions first on your experience with My Passport and it's reliability. Is it a good idea to store all my music (about 40 gb) and videos on it? And have them play off of the My Passport?
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    The drive itself is ok, the controller is a complete POS. I can't transfer more than 9 GB without it unexpectantly disconnecting EVERY TIME. Apparently its a well known issue that WD just doesn't feel like fixing.
     
  3. silkyjohnson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? Well I'm not really too worried about the transferring issues, I hardly ever find myself transferring more than maybe a gig or two at the most at a time.

    I'm more concerned about it's reliability. I don't want to have all my music on there and just have it all of a sudden crap out on me, leaving me with ZERO music.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    If anything will crap out on you, its the controller. Once that goes, your done. I wouldn't rely on this as you main backup because the WD passport has a reputation for failing controllers, I just wouldn't risk it.
     
  5. silkyjohnson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm... well thanks for the input!

    My "My Book" has worked well for me over the years.. I think I will use the My Passport for all my media and just have it backed up in the My Book in case it dies or something.
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd say go for it. i have a 500GB Passport and have had no problems.
     
  7. silkyjohnson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha, thanks, I will! I'll just back it up to my old My Book once in a while just in case... :)
     

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