Slim external HDD

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  1. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    Hi all,
    I got a new MacBook Air, and want to put my pictures and media on an external drive as the internal 128GB drive isn't going to cut it.

    SSDs are a bit too expensive right now, so I'm going to go with a traditional spinning HDD. I want the slimmest drive I can find, and narrowed it down to the Seagate Backup Slim, which goes for about $70-80 for the 1TB version. However, I noticed that macmall is selling the very nice Lacie Slim portable drive for just $40 for a refurbished 500GB model. The capacity is a little on the low side, but I figure I can upgrade the drive inside as my storage needs grow. I love the look and size of the Lacie enclosure. My concern is the reliability of a refurbished Lacie drive. Does anyone have any experience with refurbs? Or should I stick with a new Seagate drive?
    Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Likely the drive inside a refurbished unit is what crashed and was replaced. So while the unit is refurbed, likely the drive inside is new.
     
  4. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    Lacie refurb sounds like a good deal - I would go for that and perhaps fit
    a HGST Travelstar 1TB 7200rpm inside ( 60 bucks ) I'm using 2 x of them and they are
    great.

    Marty.
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I'd personally go with the Seagate, I have two of the 2TB model and they're excellent...

    Another consideration is that you'll need to buy another external hard drive as a time machine backup.
     
  6. DTphonehome thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks all for the advice. Bought the refurb Lacie. I figure even if the drive fails I'll still have the coolest enclosure.

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    I'll look into it. Is it a 7mm high drive? Because I'm pretty sure that's all the enclosure can handle.
     
  7. Marty62 macrumors 6502

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    No it's 9.5mm but I bet the Lacie isn't limited to just 7mm!! - double check
    of course.
    M.
     
  8. DTphonehome thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'll let you know when it arrives, thanks!
     
  9. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    The 500GB Slim is 7mm. The 1TB and 2TB are 9.5mm

    The Slim will only fit a 7mm drive.
     

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