need HELP with new hdd

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  1. macforthewin macrumors newbie

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    hi everyone i am thinking of buying a new 1tb hdd for my mac.
    i am not sure if i should buy the wd caviar black 1tb internal or the wd my book essential 1tb external

    can someone help me decide they r same price and if i buy the caviar black i was also going to buy a enclosure to use as external hdd.
    i am not sure if i should buy the mybook essential because i heard some bad reviews about crashing in 2 weeks
    havent heard anything like that about the caviar black
     
  2. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    do you have a mac pro? if you currently have only one hard drive, there's no need to get an external drive. just install another internal drive.
     
  3. POLOgt macrumors member

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    IF you do have a Mac Pro,

    Buy Western Digital RE series of drives. Either RE2, RE2-GP or RE3.
    Do not go with regular drives, go with enterprise drives.
     
  4. macforthewin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have a macpro and all bays r full so i wanted to buy a 1tb caviar to use as external for more space
     
  5. tom. macrumors 6502

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    Do not bother with your own enclosure, If it were me I would use a pre made solution. Try and go ensure you have FW and eSata though.
     
  6. macforthewin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sry i am bit of noob but wat u mean by pre made solution?
    and i dont wana spend too much on a enclosure just need one that wont kill the hdd and keep it safe and i dont really need the fw usb is fine
     
  7. tom. macrumors 6502

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    Get a WD myBook, Lacie Quadra or Iomega external hard drives. They will garuntee the whole unit then, whereas you might get problems putting a hard drive in a 3rd party enclosure. Why do you need the Caviar black? If you are only going to use USB it will be slow anyway.
     
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  9. Chaywa macrumors member

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    There is where you are wrong (said in all niceness possible). We don't want to say we told you so later on down the line. It sounds like you have a lot of data. At some point you WILL find yourself moving this data in large chunks on to or off of this drive. I don't care what the USB spec says I have always found it to be significantly slower than firewire 400 and definitely slower than FW 800/esata. I move large amounts of data constantly and waiting for USB speed is like nails on a blackboard.
     
  10. macforthewin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so i should get an enclosure with support for usb and fw 400?
    do u have any u can recommend taht will support the caviar black?
    from what i have been told the enclosure must support 3gbps, sata II and 1tb
     

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