Looking for external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by diegobgr, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. diegobgr macrumors 6502

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    Hi.

    I need a hard disk to store music and photo libraries as well the Time Machine copy.

    I'm thinking about 3 TB.

    Any recommendation?
     
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    The problem (in my opinion) with Thunderbolt drives is you pay a huge price premium on drives that don't need the speed. You tend to access your music one song at a time - USB and Firewire work just fine for that. Even HD video doesn't need Thunderbolt transfer speeds. For the same price you could buy two 3 TB drives
     
  5. plucky duck macrumors 6502

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    For what you use it for, any USB 2.0 drives should suffice. Firewire is an option as well, but Thunderbolt drives would be a waste imo. Time Machine only takes long the first time you activate it, otherwise incremental changes shouldn't take long. Or if you leave your computer 24/7 just schedule it during down time.
     
  6. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    USB or Firewire is your best bet for a single disc solution. IF you go USB look at one that supports USB 3 as most likely the 2012 Macs will finally support it.
     
  7. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    The original poster said photos. Managing photos stored in USB 2.0 drive is far from ideal. FW800 7200 rpm should be the minimum.

    I agree with Thunderbolt though. One should consider it only if you intend to use SSD and/or RAID.
     
  8. flynz4, May 1, 2012
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    The nice thing about the Seagate GoFlex drives is that you can add TB if you choose. You can buy a USB or FW800 drive now... and upgrade to TB in the future if your needs demand TB.

    For example: My 2009 iMac does not have TB... but I can use a USB2.0/FW800 drive which performs quite well if using FW800.

    If I want to use the same drive on my MBA, i am limited to USB 2.0 which is much slower. However, if it is a Seagate GoFlexI can buy a $99 TB adapter and get fast speeds with with the MBA using TB.

    So far, I have a Pegasus 8TB R4, Seagate Desk GoFlex with USB2.0/FW800/TB, and a Seagate portable GoFlex with USB3.0/TB. The advantage of TB for the Pegasus is obvious. I think I will use it to house my A3 library because it just screams. With my old iMac, I now use FW800. For my MBA, I connect through a ATD, and daisy chain TB drives. The MBA feels very fast with an internal SSD, external RAID, and a high res ATD monitor.

    /Jim
     

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