USB 3.0 ext HDD recommendation

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  1. insimbi macrumors 6502

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  2. B... macrumors 68000

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    External drives are essentially the same. Get USB 3, then whatever is cheapest, as I've read.
     
  3. Giuly, Sep 29, 2013
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    Which would be the 3TB Toshiba Canvio for $99.

    However, if you have two Macs, chances are that one of them doesn't support USB 3.0 (-2012), so it's either FireWire800, Gigabit Ethernet or Thunderbolt. The LaCie d2 v3 with both FW800 and USB 3.0 would be a shortcut, but it's definitively not cheap.

    You may also want to connect to the hard drive from both Macs without plugging and unplugging a cable, which is where Ethernet comes in handy.

    The 3TB WD MyBook Live with Gigabit Ethernet and the MyBook Studio for Mac actually cost the same, merely $30 more than the Toshiba - one might work better for what he's trying to do, the other has a nicer looking enclosure and is faster: Pick one.
     
  4. in4fun macrumors regular

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    I'm leaning towards the My Book Essential 3.0 - 3 TB drive which has it's own power source.


    Does it make a difference if I choose an external USB 3 with or without it's own power source?
     
  5. in4fun macrumors regular

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    ok - I found the answer

    a USB drive with it's own power source is considerably faster
     
  6. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    What you really mean to say is that a 3TB desktop, self-powered drive using a 3.5" HDD mechanism will be faster than a 2TB or smaller, bus-powered drive using a 2.5" HDD mechanism.

    The performance has nothing to do with whether drive is self-powered or bus powered, but rather the type of HDD used.

    A bus powered SSD based external drive, for example, will easily exceed the performance of a self-powered HDD based external drive.
     
  7. in4fun macrumors regular

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    ok, thanks for clarifying this.

    I just ordered a WD 3.5" 3TB powered disk and hope this will get me a cheap and fast external storage solution.
     

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