Seagate 1TB Vs. Maxtor 1TB External Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by spamurai, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. spamurai macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
    So I'm looking for a new 1TB External Hard Drive USB 2.0 to use with my 2011 MacBook Pro running Sierra 10.12.6.

    From what I can tell on Google/Amazon etc, the Seagate Expansion 1TB and the Maxtor 1TB are the best Portable drives at the moment.

    Which one would be the best to go for?
    If I understand correctly I'd have to reformat them both anyway.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. SkyLinx macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2018
    Espoo, Finland
    Uhm IIRC Maxtor has been a Seagate brand for a while now, so I would guess there is no much difference between the two. Maxtor isn't even mentioned in Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2017 though. I would probably go with the Seagate branded I think.
  3. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Hard drives are all the same. Buy the one whose case is nicest in your opinion.
  4. SkyLinx macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2018
    Espoo, Finland
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP asked:
    "Which one would be the best to go for?"

    Neither of the two you posted.
    I suggest you try a Hitachi (HGST) or Toshiba drive instead.

    Buy a "bare" drive and an enclosure, and assemble it yourself.
    Usually only takes a couple of screws and a screwdriver.
    Some enclosures just snap together.
    ANYONE can do this. Even me. Even you.

    DON'T buy a USB2 enclosure.
    Get a USB3 enclosure instead.
    It's "backward compatible" with your Mac now, and will run faster when you eventually get a new Mac.

    THE BEST enclosure I've seen for the money:
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Compare warranty periods, also. Of the eight or so hard drives I've purchased in the last several years I've had two fail under warranty and got replacement drives both times.
  7. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    Maxtor branded disks tend to use old tried-and-tested Samsung Spinpoint technology (when Samsung made spinners) . In their day, these were highly respected disks for their robust build and firmware.

    But as Fisherrman says, HGST and Toshiba are also good. For 2.5" disks though, Toshiba have a slight edge in reliability over HGST in my experience.
  8. seagate_surfer macrumors newbie


    Mar 31, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    Hello spamurai. Great question and to better answer it, could you provide us what would you require the drive for? (media storage, editing, read/write) This way we can suggest the correct drive for the job.

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