I need an external drive for porn...what's a good one?

iamKamil

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Hello,

Just ordered my 15" MBP so it should be here within a week or so. Anyway, I'm looking to buy an external drive for my porn collection since I do not want to have it on the MBP (girlfriend will be using it). What's a good one for a mac? My collection isn't all that large so a 500gb will suffice.

thx in advance.
 

iamKamil

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I'm sure they have ones that are better....what would be considered a good one, intel? Does it need to specify that it could be used on a mac or anyone will do?
 
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C64

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I like the WDs, e.g. this one. Powered by USB, so no need for an adapter; light; easy to carry and hide away.
 
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Mac'nCheese

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I'm sure they have ones that are better....what would be considered a good one, intel? Does it need to specify that it could be used on a mac or anyone will do?
500 gb of porn? God bless you, sir!

I have a western digital that I've used for my time machine backup for about two years now and never had a problem with it.
 
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iamKamil

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Can these things be password protected? My girlfriend is a curious creature and will probably try to see what the heck the HDD is for...
 
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BeamWalker

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You can use a program like Truecrypt to make sure that your girlfriend doesn't see your dark side ;).

kudos for being this honest btw. lol
 
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C64

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Can these things be password protected? My girlfriend is a curious creature and will probably try to see what the heck the HDD is for...
Use Disk Utility to create an encrypted sparse image with a password. Mount the image, and put all the files in there. As long as you don't save the password in your Keychain, you'll need to enter it every time you want to open the disk image.
 
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Azathoth

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Best thread this month!

I entrust my p0rn to WD Passport and a WD MyBook (I like to ensure I have a good backup of my p0rn). Truecrypt should work, or you could probably just change file/directory permissions with chmod.
 
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chopper dave

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Put it on the drive, encrypt the sensitive contents (encrypted disk image using disk utility), but tell her what is on it and try for a don't ask/don't tell policy. You are just kicking the problem down the road otherwise, since she will eventually find out no matter what you do.
 
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lionheartednyhc

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You know, the password might protect you from your girlfriend finding out.




But Jesus will still know.









Sorry, I had to. :D
 
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alphaod

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I have mine kept on a PGP WDE encrypted 1.5TB RAID 1; it's pretty good; it's secured and in case one drive fails, I have redundancy. My drive is about 75% full.

Basically it's just 2 1.5TB WD Green Power drives in an external eSATA/FW800 RAID 1 enclosure. It's not very portable, but then if I need to access anything remotely it's shared on the network and I can also VPN elsewhere.
 
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chopper dave

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I have mine kept on a PGP WDE encrypted 1.5TB RAID 1; it's pretty good; it's secured and in case one drive fails, I have redundancy. My drive is about 75% full.

Basically it's just 2 1.5TB WD Green Power drives in an external eSATA/FW800 RAID 1 enclosure. It's not very portable, but then if I need to access anything remotely it's shared on the network and I can also VPN elsewhere.
I find it awesome that your porn is better protected than my tax returns.
 
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choco

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well, you don't need to tell us what you're putting on your external drive. :p
 
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Wee Beastie

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yeah I've gone all streaming and I feel a little bit more secure in that. I mean, interested parties can find out of course, but it isn't nearly as obvious to the gf. I feel what some people are saying about honesty and whatnot. We can watch some things together. She is cool with that. But some things should stay between me and my iMac ;)

glad to see MacRumors, as a community, opening up like this :D
 
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wafl iron

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Spotlight does not search through "hidden" folders, IE: folders that start with a period '.'

Put all the files in a hidden folder, then "chmod 000 <folder>" on the command line so that it disables read/write/execute on the folder.

To enable read/write again for your user do chmod 700 <folder>

Even if she found the folder she would have to learn how to chmod it back so it can be readable in finder

i found that this is a very good deterrent for a non command line savy person from ever finding files i want hidden.
 
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DeRail

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As others have said use disk utility to encrypt the folder. When u want to
"play" just open it and enter the password.

Tip: Name the resultant .dmg something non-suspicious like "planes.dmg", or "cars.dmg" - something she wouldn't be interested in anyway!
 
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