Time Machine external HDD suggestions

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  1. Marc4 macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I've recently purchased a 15" MBP and I'm loving every minute with it.
    Now, I'd like to buy an external drive to backup all my data using Time Machine.

    Given that I have the 7200rpm 200GB drive, what would be a good drive for me?
    I heard 2.5x your internal drive, so 500GB, but what brand/model/type would you recommend?

    Also, I'm wondering if I should go FireWire or USB. FireWire might be quicker but USB is more universal (i.e. sharing with Windows users).
    Does a FireWire 800 drive even exist?

    Thanks in advance,
    -Marc
     
  2. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    Oh man, the options you have. Hah. You can get a pretty good deal on 500gb Hard Drives now. Just check for deals at Best Buy, MicroCenter, or your store of choice. If you are using it exclusively for backing up a 200gb HD, 500 for your external is plenty, and I personally back up my 200gb HD on a 250gb HD. Firewire 800 certainly exists (see Western Digital Studio Edition for one) but again if you are using it exclusively as a backup drive, I would say it's unnecessary. If price is a factor, USB only is typically a noticeable amount cheaper. Hope it helps!
     
  3. Marc4 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply Snowbound.
    One thing I noticed is that the 500GB drives only come in 3.5" form factors, whereas you can get 320GB or lower in 2.5" drives... what a difference this makes in size & weight! :eek:
    Also, do all 3.5" drives have to be powered externally, or can they spin using USB/FW power only?
     
  4. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    In my experience, I've only seen bus powered 2.5" ones. I have a USB/Firewire 400 120GB 2.5" and love it for the portability. It can be powered either by 2 USB plugs (one cable with three heads, one into the HDD and 2 into laptop USB ports) or the Firewire 400 port. Needless to say, I use it almost exclusively as firewire. However the USB option is nice for hooking it to friends computers if I want to share something with them.
     
  5. Whorehay macrumors 6502a

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    Time Machine hogs up a lot of space (well, as much space as you have)! You might need those extra GBs that the 500GB offers.
     
  6. TtimeWithTy macrumors member

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    how does time machine work if say you leave your external in one set place, and unplug it, do a bunch of work and save it, and then re plug in the external? does it automatically check for updates to the system?
     
  7. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    yup! time machine really is awesome, i just dont have an external at the moment :(

    i think it does a backup every hour or something? correct me if im wrong
     
  8. Marc4 thread starter macrumors member

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  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It doesn't periodic backups and it uses your Spotlight index to see if there are any changes

    It does it hourly in the beginning but after a while it switches to daily (or when you plug it in).

    Yes the WD portable drives are very nice.
     
  10. dissdnt macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy WD.

    I've been buying them forever and still haven't learned my lesson. They crash like always. Every year i think i replace a drive hehe.

    I have an external that is giving me errors now. It's really frustrating.
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well my WD from 6 years ago is still working without a hiccup.
     
  12. gentlegiantcrai macrumors regular

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    I have to second that motion, with my WD drive from 3 years ago, still kicking today.
     
  13. macbeast21 macrumors newbie

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    same as these guys. I have a WD from 8 years ago that still works like the day it was installed.
     
  14. dissdnt macrumors 65816

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  15. mynameisshawn macrumors member

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    I use a LaCie quad, sure usb works, but if you're impatient like me Firewire 800 is a blessing.
     

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