Looking to buy a new External drive to for Apple's TimeMachine

macaddict23

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Hello,

I will be upgrading to Leopard in a few weeks In the meantime, I would like to buy a 500GB+ external drive that I can use for TimeMachine. My budget is around $300.

Current Machine: A 2GHz Dual-Core G5 with I believe has both FW400 & FW800, and USB 2.0

Thanks!
 

ginger.al@gmail

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From asking people of their experience, I found out that Lacie and Maxtor are the preferred brand among professional when it comes to backing up important data. They tries to aviod Western Digital and Seagate as much as possible.

With that said, I just brought this baby. Link.
 
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J@ffa

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From asking people of their experience, I found out that Lacie and Maxtor are the preferred brand among professional when it comes to backing up important data. They tries to aviod Western Digital and Seagate as much as possible.

With that said, I just brought this baby. Link.
The professionals I know stay as far away from LaCie as possible, since they never know what type of drives are used (LaCie just make the enclosures). Western Digital have a bad reputation from the nineties, but they're fine now really. Seagate purchased Maxtor, so they're about the same, and Seagate are one of the best brands going. On Amazon, Seagate's excellent FreeAgent Pro is $189.99, and the top-of-the-line 750GB model is $253.33. :)
 
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garethh

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I was thinking of buying a new drive to replace my current external and was considering whether I should get one with just a USB2.0 connection instead of a more expensive alternative with FireWire as well. The current one has FireWire which I use, but is it an advantage nowadays? Is USB good enough?
 
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filmgirl

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I was thinking of buying a new drive to replace my current external and was considering whether I should get one with just a USB2.0 connection instead of a more expensive alternative with FireWire as well. The current one has FireWire which I use, but is it an advantage nowadays? Is USB good enough?
Firewire still has an advantage in that it has a constant speed of 400mbps, whereas USB 2 takes time to build to 480mbps -- but honestly, if you are using it for backup, or even for running movies or music off the drive, USB2 is just fine. If you are doing something where you need really, really fast read/write access, well, eSATA should be your aim anyway (assuming your Mac supports it or can take an expansion card) - but Firewire would still be better.

Honestly, for 99% of users, I really think USB2 is sufficient.

Also, one note on the Seagate Free Agent drives -- depending on when it was made (and that can be hard to tell - because they look the same on the outside), they overheat like a mofo - because there is little ventilation and the case isn't aluminum, but metal/plastic. A 5-year warranty is great, but kind of moot if it is voided if you have to rip the thing open to have a shot at recovering your data if your external overheats.

I actually like the MyBook series, in terms of ventilation. Just my opinion, but I'd look at Iomega (they typically use Seagate drives inside their enclosures) or WD unless you can be guaranteed that the FreeAgent isn't one of the older design models that overheats.
 
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J@ffa

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Just my opinion, but I'd look at Iomega (they typically use Seagate drives inside their enclosures) or WD unless you can be guaranteed that the FreeAgent isn't one of the older design models that overheats.
If you were to purchase one now though, from an online store like Amazon that sells their stock very quickly (as opposed to a bricks and mortar store that keeps old stock for yonks), you'd be fine, right?
 
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filmgirl

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If you were to purchase one now though, from an online store like Amazon that sells their stock very quickly (as opposed to a bricks and mortar store that keeps old stock for yonks), you'd be fine, right?
I think Amazon or NewEgg would be fine -- I would be weary about Tiger Direct or a place that is smaller/doesn't have a huge reputation.
 
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jackc

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Unfortunately there are horror stories about any brand. I think you've pretty much got to buy one of the well-known brands and take your chances.

I had a LaCie that died on me, now I'm using Seagate, so far so good.
 
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Virgil-TB2

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Aug 3, 2007
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Firewire vs. USB

On a related note...

I am in the same position (looking for a Time Machine drive), but I already have a firewire drive I can use. The problem is the best way to back up all the machines in the house would be to connect a drive to the network using an airport extreme (haven't got one yet though), and the associated USB hole on the back of it.

I have always used FireWire instead of USB as I prefer it. Also, everyplace I have ever worked uses FireWire drives and every Mac user I know uses FireWire drives, but the current Airport Extreme does not connect to anything but USB drives.

Since I was thinking of buying the Airport Extreme soon anyway, does anyone know if it will be supporting FireWire soon? It seems lame to purchase a giant USB drive when I already have access to a giant FireWire drive.
 
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thestaton

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Would it be more efficient to buy say 2, 500GIG drives and an enclose that supports 2 drives? Join them via raid then let time machine do the backing up?

Or is this crazy speak and I should just get a 1TB FW drive?
 
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brobson

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The professionals I know stay as far away from LaCie as possible, since they never know what type of drives are used (LaCie just make the enclosures). Western Digital have a bad reputation from the nineties, but they're fine now really. Seagate purchased Maxtor, so they're about the same, and Seagate are one of the best brands going. On Amazon, Seagate's excellent FreeAgent Pro is $189.99, and the top-of-the-line 750GB model is $253.33. :)
The Maxtor is $229.00 at Frys
It was on sale $179.00 but the reg price is good too
 
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jsw

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Would it be more efficient to buy say 2, 500GIG drives and an enclose that supports 2 drives? Join them via raid then let time machine do the backing up?

Or is this crazy speak and I should just get a 1TB FW drive?
It's cheaper to get two 500GB drives. In fact, it's cheaper to get three 500GB drives than one 1TB one, for the most part.

If this is for backup, I strongly recommend getting two 500GB drives in a RAID 1 (mirrored) setup, or three in a RAID 5 setup. Any manufacturer's drives can fail at any time (I had one in my MBP replaced, and then the replacement failed a few months later, for example). A single drive is always a bad idea for backup... although it's a lot better than no drive at all for backup.

And as for USB vs FW: I think it's always better to get external enclosures that support multiple formats, because you might be able to move to the faster FW or eSATA connections later. USB is terribly slow, and your initial backups will take forever and a day.
 
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paddykev

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I've just purchased a Freecom external 500gb hard drive. It only has USB 2.0 but for the things i'll be doing on the machine that’s more than enough for me. I opted for the Freecom because it didn't have an internal fan so I know its going to be quiet. I think they use the case to dissipate heat much like the mbp and also it was cheap :) which always help.
 
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naftalim

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I had a LaCie 500GB USB/FW/400/800 for a while and now a LaCie 1TB and they work nicely, very quiet. The 1TB cost me $329.00 at Future Shop here in Canada and I use it on FW800. Don't use any Retrospect Software that comes with the drive, they are terrible. Go with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner instead.
 
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armani

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Jul 20, 2007
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Hello,

I will be upgrading to Leopard in a few weeks In the meantime, I would like to buy a 500GB+ external drive that I can use for TimeMachine. My budget is around $300.

Current Machine: A 2GHz Dual-Core G5 with I believe has both FW400 & FW800, and USB 2.0

Thanks!
New Western Digital My Book Studio Edition is a great buy. You can buy it on Amazon for 195. I have been using my book drives and they work great. I am probably going to buy one for myself.
 
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armani

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I had a LaCie 500GB USB/FW/400/800 for a while and now a LaCie 1TB and they work nicely, very quiet. The 1TB cost me $329.00 at Future Shop here in Canada and I use it on FW800. Don't use any Retrospect Software that comes with the drive, they are terrible. Go with SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner instead.
I have just gotten Lacie as well, 1TB for 329. But buzzing sound when drives are accessed is a little bit annoying. I am not sure I'd keep it. If I knew WD new studio edition came out, I would probably not go for Lacie. BUT, it does seem to be working OK. After I bought Lacie I spoke to my fellow at post production facility, as I remembered they used Lacie, and he said to stay away from it. He said it frizzed both Mac many times, would not mount, would shut down for no reason.... weird, used to be great drives, but lately many people complained about them.
 
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dhubb

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Hard Drive for Time Machine

I have decided to go with 500GB NewerTech miniStack v3 7200RPM 16MB Cache Performance eSATA / FireWire 800/400 + USB2 Drive, Powered Hub. hooked up to my airport extreme. 239.99. I like the fact it is a powered hub, so I can hook printer and harddrive to my airport extreme.
 
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edenwaith

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I've had pretty good luck with the d2 line of LaCie products. However, stay away from the Porsche-designed LaCie drives, those don't seem to disperse heat very well and have not been very reliable.

I just went through a pile of dead hard drives, and 6 of them were Western Digital, 2 Seagates, and 2 Maxtors.
 
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Bengt77

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Bootable backups?

Can Time Machine make bootable backups? That's the only way I want to make backups: as a perfect clone of my internal hard drive from which I can boot up. Then, if my internal drive fails, I can just boot from the external drive, replace the internal with a new drive, and back down from the external. Right now I use SuperDuper! for this, which I love. Will Time Machine be a worty replacement?
 
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