Questions about 1TB External Drives

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kikobarbada, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. kikobarbada macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    Hello. I have some questions about 1TB external drives.

    1. For time machine (will backup my 160gb internal and two 250gb externals), is FireWire any useful or should I use USB?

    2. What is the best/cheapest 1TB external drive from a local store (no online store) in Orlando?

    3. Many 1TB external drives are really two 500gb drives with one USB cable to connect to your mac. When I connect this type of drive, will it show as one drive or two drives (if so, how can I make it show as one)??

  2. kikobarbada thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
  3. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    The forums have been down from about 2 minutes after your first post to a few minutes before your second post, so no one has seen your question yet. Now that the forum is back up, you should get some answers.
  4. SndChsr macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2006
    Disk Utility

    You can use Disk Utility to create a RAID set, that will combine the two disks. Firewire works as well as USB, but is usually a little more expensive, and not really necessary. I have 2 500GB MyBook USB Drives in a 1TB RAID set and it works great.
  5. EspressoLove macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2007
    Bay Area
    Just got myself 1Tb WD Home ed., for 299$ @ Costco (Sunnyvale, YMMV)
    It's got USB, FireWire400 & eSATA.

    Don't think you can find any cheaper both online/offline.
  6. torpy macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2007
    Sydney + Los Angeles
    Firewire, definitely Firewire unless you can't afford it. It maybe slower than USB (400Mbits vs 480) but it can maintain that speed for longer.

    Please don't get one of these drives. If one of the two drives inside that enclosure fails, you lose all your data across the 2 drives with a very limited chance of recovery. It might be worth it just to get 2 500gb drives..
  7. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    $400 (or less) Hitachi Easy Hard Drive 1TB USB 2.0 at Best Buy.

    It is small and very quiet. It is a single drive, I know some of the WD "MyBook" 1TB are actually 2 500GB drives which makes them heavier/bigger.
  8. Templex macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have the exact same external hard drive, although I got it for $330 from another online retailer. It's a single 1 TB hard drive, and works fine.

    It would be a better choice to use FireWire instead of USB, since either flavor of FireWire (400/800) is faster than USB 2.0.

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