Recommendation for good external hard drive?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by vlasciar, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. vlasciar macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    There are soooooooo... many different external hard drive out there right now and I personally quite confused on which ones has the best durability and performance. Any suggestions? I have always stick with Western Digital, but not sure how reliable LaCie or OWC HDD.

    I'd mostly used the external hard drive to store movies which I will then play through my LCD using Plex.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Neither LaCie nor OWC make hard drives. They make enclosures and stick whatever cheap drive they can get into it.

    The only important thing about a hard drive besides price and capacity is the warranty. Get a drive with a 5-year warranty, no less.
  3. TyWahn macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2003
    I have never heard that. That really sucks. I just bought a LaCie after my POS Maxtor failed. I have a LaCie that I bought years ago when 160 GB was a lot of storage. It is still going strong, so I was comfortable buying a new one. Now I feel I need a back-up for my back-up. Great.
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Get an external enclosure and load whatever HDD you prefer. This way you have complete control over the actual HDD used and if it fails, can replace it yourself.
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    That's not quite true. Rotation speed and cache size play a role, as well. There's quite a noticeable difference in performance between 4200, 5400, and 7200 RPM drives.
  6. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    +1 for this.

    I bought a dual bay enclosure from OWC and installed two 2TB WD drives in it, i use this to house my iTunes media.

    I then bought a HD Dock from OWC and two more 2Tb drives and i use that to back up with (backup about once a month).
  7. vlasciar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    Which particular enclosure did you get? I guess it make more sense to buy your own enclosure and get the HDD brand that you trust the most. I'd definitely need something with a Firewire 800 connection for faster connection.

    In terms of LaCie, my office uses them for video editing and it seems to be quite reliable so far.
  8. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
  9. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    OWC makes great products and has everything from single to 4 bay enclosures.

    I personally have been using an Icy Dock Dual Bay enclosure hooked up to my Mac Mini via FW800 set up RAID 0 for the past two years without incident--plug and play, nice and quiet with variable speed fan, small footprint. I'll likely switch to a 4 bay enclosure sometime in the future (maybe something like this), probably when I replace my current Macbook with a new Mini. :D
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    A 5400 drive with a high data density can be faster than a 7200 drive.

    Memory Storage Density-Effects On Performance:

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