Pls. recommend a reelable 1 or 2TB Hdd for mass storage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by marcelsendrea, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. marcelsendrea macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Need your help Guys,
    I must buy an External HD to store my work&family archive (music, photos&videos).
    I'm on MacBook Pro 2011 and will be using an OWC PCI card (2,5 gb/s) to connect thru e-Sata.
    I will buy an external HDD SATA/e-Sata enclosure. Please advice a good Hdd model [1 up to 2TB]. I read loots of post about pros&cons of Seagate and WD. Reason of this post is to get an exact model recommendation from a personal experience.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No platter-based hard drive is more reliable than any other. Get the one with the best warranty that fits your budget and size requirements.
  3. marcelsendrea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    If you want reliable use some sort of RAID config. Like two hdds in RAID 1 or more in RAID 5.
    For single hdds what miles says it is true.
    Some may be a little more reliable but others but you usually only know 3 years after they are released to market and even then statistiks and evidence is scarce.
    The only people with useful reliability experience are those that work at datacenters and deploys them in the hundreds. A single or even a few people here can tell you about speed and no more.
    Firmware problems such as ssd still have them don't really exist with hdds.
  5. camardelle macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2011
    I got a seagate 1.5t external drive which I attached to my airport extreme at best buy for $99 bucks. Works like a charm.
  6. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I like western digital the best. None of their hard drives have died on me..yet.
  7. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    The Western Digital Studio for Mac is a great option for time machine. $189 at BestBuy
  8. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
    I have two sea gates... stay away from them. the only advantage they have over any other hard drive is the covered SATA plugs. As far as speed they are horrible. I have only compared mine to a Western Digital MyPasport 1TB firewire 800 drive. which is fw800 and daisy chain ready.

    recently, for desktop storage i purchased a G-Technology G-DRIVE 3TB External Hard which also has daisy chained fw800 (smaller 400 inside the 800) connections, SATA, and a mini usb 2.0.

    I recommend both over any seagate product any day. even LaCie drives are better. But it's all in you're budget. seagate produces the thunderbolt connection for the portable drives, but still, would not make it a better hard drive. The western digital is full on aluminum, and never get's hot (I even keep it in a case logic case). amazing drive. even brighter light that flashes. I mean that thing is a nice led flashlight ;)

    let us know what you decide to do
  9. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    A WD Green drive within an InXtron enclosure works reliable for me (i've the previous generation of the SK-3500). You can use also the WD Black drives, but they run hotter (much hotter), are louder and consume more energy.

    The newest version of the InXtron SK-3500 enclosure supports also:
    - USB 3.0 (Ivy Bridge)
    - > 2 TB drives (3 TB for example) without a firmware update

    I think these enclosures support "only" SATA-I and SATA-II drives (not SATA-III), which is no problem, if you do not use SSDs.
  10. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Here we go again... Seagate, WD, Hitachi, Toshiba, Samsung, Lacie... each better than the others. :D Seriously. Most of the parts used by the above companies all come from the same place. (And probably assembled by the same 3 people in China).
  11. marcelsendrea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    yes, Mr. Retrofire
    I read on other forums that WD Black edition is hotter&louder.

    Guys, thanks for sharing your thoughts!
  12. MacMojo1 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I have all OWC drives here. Could not be happier in the 10 years I have been using them.
  13. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    OWC uses drives from a variety of companies, so you likely have a mixture of drives in your enclosures. OWC usually specifies the brand of drive in the enclosure specs online.

    I'm currently a fan of Samsung drives. The last Western Digital Black Caviar drive I purchased was DOA. I haven't had good luck with Seagate. Hitachi has a poor reputation when it comes to honoring its warranty and customer service.

    It's really a crap-shoot. The quality of drives varies; sometimes Seagate has a run of defective drives, then it's WD. Go Figure. That's why I always have two external drive backups as well as Crashplan.

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