Seagate vs. WD vs. bare HDD + enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by davidg4781, May 13, 2011.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking to upgrade my 250GB HDD in my MacBook to something bigger. My external hard drive I was using is out of state (long story), plus I'd like a larger backup drive.

    Any suggestions as to brand? I like the flex series of Seagate so that in the future I can get a Thunderbolt connection if needed.

    Of course, price will be an issue too, but I'm just looking for suggestions.

    If I do decide to "make" my own with an HDD and enclosure, a suggestion on an enclosure would be great. I want something inexpensive but that looks nice and could possibly use Thunderbolt, FW, and/or USB.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Buy whatever is cheap and comes with good warranty (+3 years). Seagate Flex might be a good choice if you think about TB in the future.
     
  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, this may sound like a dumb question, but the Seagate GoFlex for Mac comes with a FireWire 800 adaptor.

    My MacBook has a FireWire 400 port. Will that work without any problems or will I need an adaptor?
     
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    You need an adapter but there is no need to get a Mac version. The PC version will work fine, although it lacks FireWire.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10301&cs_id=1030105&p_id=3542&seq=1&format=2
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    You can get a nice quad interface enclosure today (FW800+FW400+USB+eSATA).

    You could just replace it with a penta interface enclosure if they become available.

    No need for proprietary adapters then. And you can choose any disk of that size that you want (eg: the Momentus XT, assuming the case is 2.5").
     

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