Nicest External HD for Unibody MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kardashian, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    I need an external HD, around 500GB in size would be perfect, to store my iTunes HD downloads.

    I'd like it to be aluminium or glossy black, and come in at around the £120, if not less, mark.

    So, show me what you've got, shoppers :)
     
  2. DJJONES macrumors 6502

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    seagate proagent go

    there available from i believe 250 up to 500
    i got a 250 from bestbuy for about 79.99 plus tax.

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  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Do you want a desktop drive or a notebook drive in this enclosure?
     
  4. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Notebook would be best. Smaller and quieter.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Not sure about UK prices, but with the currency conversion I'd go with Samsung's 500 gb drive in Macally's 2.5" FW/USB2 enclosure. It has an internal SATA interface and is powered from the Mac's bus, and the Samsung drive is quiet and low heat. I have this setup (except with Samsung's 320 gb drive) and the only annoying thing about it is the bright blue LED that all enclosure manufacturers seem to want to put on drives.
     
  6. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, that couldn't be further away from what I had in mind.

    I wanted something like the MyBook, but smaller.

    Or maybe even the black laquered LaCie drive. It would suit my black glossy surround on the MBP perfectly.

    Anyone have experience with this?
     
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  8. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm going to try my luck bidding on a 500GB Time Capsule and hope I get somewhere with it!

    Wish me luck!
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oh, ok.. thats completely different from what you said before :confused:
     
  10. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thinking about it, I either want a Time Capsule (fits in with Apple design, and its wireless = perfect) or the LaCie black laquered drive (USB2).
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    my recommendation, dont buy LaCie.
     
  12. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh no, why not? :(
     
  13. DJJONES macrumors 6502

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    some people have had tragedies with lacie drives.

    mine just recently began giving the click of death after 3 years of useage but it still boots and saves data but i replaced it as soon as that issue began occuring and i was more then smart enough to back up my date so i wouldnt have a tragedy anyways.


    any drive is subject to failure eventually its up to you to make sure that you dont use the hd as a wheel chair but find other ways that can allow you to protect your self from hd failure.

    i just bought another external for all my samples beats etc. and all that stuff is on the other external.

    then some the info on that extra external are in other internal drives.

    the drive i bought for my mbp is to backup what i already have on the mbp. :cool:
     
  14. elpenguino macrumors member

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    Iomega makes a nice portable that matches the aluminum look very well. Not the 500gb you're looking for (comes in at 320), but if looks are what you're after, take a look.

    eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive
     
  15. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    +1

    I have the same exact one, i love that its made from aluminum too.
     
  16. Espionage32 macrumors member

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    WHy dont you just get a NAS if your going to get a time capsule.
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    simple.

    WORST

    QUALITY

    EVER!
     
  18. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've decided to go with the 500GB Seagate Free Agent, in black, and I've bought a silver dock for it.

    Black and silver = matches the MBP better than a Time Capsule.

    Happy days :)
     
  19. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    That's a nice drive; I would buy one if it came with Firewire. I don't think I'd ever buy an external drive that didn't have firewire because you can't boot from USB.
     
  20. joshchan macrumors newbie

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    My Advice

    It sounds like I may have stumbled across this too late, but here's my personal advice. A few months ago I bought a 1 TB Lacie "Black Box" external hard drive (USB2) to use with my unibody MacBook.

    It looks great sitting next to my MacBook with its blue LED, and (so far) it has not failed me. I've been using it to hold both my iPhoto library and as the place for my Time Machine Backup. Let me know if you have any more questions!
     
  21. plinden macrumors 68040

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  22. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    I take this back! I found one on Newegg that has Firewire. Kind of expensive, but it's very nice.

    Doesn't anyone know how easy it is to open these up? I might buy one and swap out the drive later.
     

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