Please recomend an external HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by tinydancer, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. tinydancer macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2004
    North Carolina
    I need to get an external HD for mp4 storage. I'm looking for something in excess of 500gb, but am curios what name to go with and which ports I shoud be looking for with regard to the best possible data transfer rates. I have a 24" iMac, so I have USB, firewire 800 & 400, and an available ethernet port(can I use that for a HD?). Can someone please make a recomendation on which HD to purchase and well as by what means I should connet it to my computer? Thanks
  2. Jeff Hall macrumors regular

    Jeff Hall

    Apr 10, 2006
    OWC 1TB Guardian Maximus. FW400/800/USB. RAID1. Decent warranty too.

    Very quiet.

    Don't invest hundreds of hours of video conversion time in a single drive setup; go with a RAID setup to ensure your data is safe.

    You'll want to use FW800 for the fastest connection to your iMac.
  3. wmealer macrumors regular

    May 7, 2006
    Western Digital MyBook Pro II. Dual Drive, 2TB. USB, FW 400, FW 800. Raid 1. Comes pre-formatted for Macs. You'll see some poor reviews regarding fan noise, but the newer ones are much quieter now. I had an older one, and now a new one. Much better now. 3-year warranty.
  4. mostro900 macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2007
    This might be more than what you're looking for, but I found that once I got my :apple:TV and started ripping/encoding my movies, I needed more space than I thought. I decided that I needed an external drive for media, but also for backup, so I went with one of these Taurus enclosures and 2 WD 1TB drives.
    (this is an Oz site, but you can get them all over the world)

    The benefit is that I can connect it to my AEBS (via USB) and stream my media to my :apple:TV, but also use it for Time Machine. If I use my laptop near it, then I just connect the FW800 cable and high-speed access is a breeze.

    It's fairly quiet too.
  5. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Although I am not a huge fan of any external drive, it seems that the Western Digital drives are very compatible. I personally love the TC, but it is a little pricey. It is very quite and seems to be very fast.
  6. mindcrash macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    The Drobo! Infinitely upgradeable and only one box to clutter up your desk...
  7. MacClarence macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2008
    West London
    Go for Western Digital, they're the best in my (i)book... I have 2, never a problem
  8. sblasl macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2004
    Heber Springs, AR
    Anyone have any experience with Qnap products? It comes with iTunes server software.
  9. FanOfMac macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2008
    Guardian MAXimus

    I just got my Guardian MAXimus from OWC. After much thought, I decided to buy it as an enclosure, adding two of my own Seagate Barracuda 1 TB SATA drives. Now, I have 1 TB RAID 1 (mirrored). This thing runs quiet and seems fine. It also comes with some great software.
  10. sWaltuo macrumors regular

    May 25, 2007
    Also a fan on Western Digital. I have two mybooks, never had a problem.
  11. crbursey macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2008
    Another vote for Western Digital. I use a 500GB MyBook to store all music, videos, and photos to keep room on my MacBook HD. Never a problem.
  12. archesdevil macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    I've had a WD for 3 years now, no problems. THe 500GB passport should be available soon, which would be perfect for ATV or TM.
  13. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have a MyBook Studio 500GB. It's a quad-interface drive (USB2/FW400/FW800/eSATA). It seems to work reasonably well for me and I use it quite a bit with FCP.

    A couple of my video editor friends swear by G-Tech drives (they source their hard disks from Hitachi), but they do carry a price premium.

    What will you be using the drive for?
  14. DJAKO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Nice, but it's only USB and you have to buy another device from them just to network it.

    Also, it's all proprietary, you can't really do much with the HD's after if you decide not to use Drobo
  15. Craigy Boy macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Another vote here for a Western Digital My Book.
  16. TomP80 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Another big plus for the WD MyBook range is that (unlike a lot of other external harddrives) it has an automatic power-off function.

    So, if your computer is running, so is the external HDD, and if you turn off your computer, the external HDD turns off as well.

    That's a big feature if you regularly turn your comptuer off overnight.

    I have a 1TB MyBook Essential Edition at home for my iTunes library, and a 750Gb My Book World Edition (full networkable, with remote access function) for my business. Both are great.

    If I was buying a new one today, had more than 1 comptuer at home and had a decent network setup, I would go with a 2TB MyBook World II, plugged straight into your hub.
  17. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Not to beat a dead horse but I had a horrible time with this product. If you visit the Drobo forums you will find similier experiences with this product. I also wrote a short review for someone on this forum. I was looking for external storage also. I ended up with a four bay eSata solution that has been working great!
  18. gwsat macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2008
    Although it’s certainly easy to find drives that are cheaper than OWC’s, the they are great. I have had an OWC 250 gig FW 800 drive for several years. Although it was expensive, it has been reliable, quiet, and fast, I could not have asked for more.
  19. mhall macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    How come nobody ever recommends Time Capsule? Is there anything wrong with it for this purpose as I was thinking of getting one myself.
  20. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    WD MyBook 1TB for 219. at Amazon at one point. You can find it around the net for similar prices. It's fast and absolutely quiet. I haven't opened it yet, but I think they eliminated the fan completely.
  21. mindcrash macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    What can I say? It works great for me.

    So I guess YMMV.
  22. mindcrash macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    What's proprietary about it? I mean, you put in a standard SATA 2 HDD, and when you need to upgrade, you replace the smallest one with a bigger drive. Then you can do with that old drive what you will....Drobo doesn't do anything to it that would make it only proprietary from then on. Maybe I don't know what you were getting at because that doesn't make any sense to me.

    Also, USB is plenty fast. I've had no problems streaming or transferring.

    As for networking, well, I don't need to do that since I only have one computer at the moment. Even if I did need to share it between multiple computers, couldn't I just configure it to share it as an external drive?

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