I need your advice!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by scatter, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. scatter macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    So, I have a mac and I plan on getting a external 3.0 hard drive. Which brands should I be looking at? I want something that isn't going to break with normal use. I know there are drives that you can have plugged in to your computer and edit from that, but I don't know If I need a drive like that. I plan on using it as a storage device for my hobby making music. Can't wait to hear from you guys!
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
  3. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    I've been using Western Digital Ultra portable drive for over a year with no issues. The only problem is its connector which is very sensitive and loses connection if the device is moved, it might be just my device. Its rated pretty well and WD generally makes good drives. There's also a new model out now, its worth checking out - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W8XXRPM/ref=twister_B00XYXB6N0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I like western digital drives myself as well but to be honest just buy whatever you like they are hard drives and will die eventually just like any electronic equipment.
  5. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Western Digital Mypassport Ultra 2TB any time of the day.
    Been using them for a couple of years, never failed on me.
  6. charlyham, Nov 20, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015

    charlyham macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    I found that the HGST Touro drive is quite nice and the best price. HGST is a Western Digital company.

    The link above is for a 5400rpm drive. This link is for the 7200 rpm drive for $10 more
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It does not matter. Every drive company out there has either been bought by or merged with either Seagate or Western Digital. For consumer drives like you want there is no difference. Just decide if you want a 2.5" portable drive or a 3.5" desktop drive then choose the size you want for the best price.
  8. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I echo this advise. I would also suggest reading reviews on Amazon and NewEgg and paying particular attention to reviews of people who used it with a Mac. While the drive itself doesn't matter so much, how the enclosure was designed does. Some enclosures don't put the drive to sleep as they should on a Mac, or other weird behaviors. Watch out for those.
  9. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    While you cannot judge a manufacturer by the success/failure rate of a single product, Seagate's 3TB HDDs have apparently had high failure rates in the last few years. Their 2TB & 4TB HDD's not so much. Having said that, my main Time Machine backup is a Seagate 3TB USB 3.0 HDD which has been fine for well over a year.

    Link to analysis: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/3tb-hard-drive-failure/
  10. Dafke macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2005
    Anybody knows if the WD Elements Desktop Storage drives use 7200 or 5400 rpm hdd's?
  11. scatter thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Looks like Western Digital and Seagate are the most popular suggestions. I hope formatting the drive is not hard. Thanks for the help guys!
  12. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Nah... very easy. Just attach the drive then open Disk Utility and select the new drive in the left column. Then click the erase tab and choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the dropdown then click erase and you are done.

    This screenshot is from El Capitan.

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