wd my passport 3.0 2TB or Lacie Rugged mini USB 3.0 2TB

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Go3, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Go3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2017
    hello everyone I got my new Macbook pro 2015 15 and I need help for decide to buy external hard drive to use with music and video and I wanna decide between wd my passport 3.0 2TB 150 euro or Lacie Rugged mini USB 3.0 2TB 159 euro with one is better

    pleas I need help
    thank u
  2. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    Flip a coin... Honestly other than one having a more rugged case than the other, there is no difference.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yep.. I agree with Shaun here OP. These things are all pretty much the same. Just decide what size you need and grab what is on sale.
  4. ZapNZs, Jul 28, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    • Which one has the better warranty?
    • Which one can be easily removed from the enclosure in case the SATA bridge fails?
    • Is this drive going to be used frequently on the go or in a single, static location? (if portable, this favors the LaCie - or even better, virtually any decent SSD)
    • Will this data be stored on the MacBook's local hard drive or another external media source?
    • Is one available with a USB-C connector for about the same price? (this is a far, far, far more durable connector than some previous USB mini/micro versions, and can be used with your MBP with just a USB-A -->C cable - the added durability and reversible operation of USB-C is IMO highly desirable, especially if the HDD itself cannot easily be removed from the enclosure.)

    Right now for 2.5 inch drives I favor the WD Black 2.5 because it comes with a 5 year warranty, is a 7200 RPM drive, and is not priced much differently than 5400 RPM drives with 2 or 3 year warranties. The significance of the 5 year warranty is that it covers the drive during a period where it is much likelier to fail (years 4/5 appear to have much higher failure rates than 2-3 - so, if it fails during this time, you get yourself a free replacement.) However, IIRC they top out at 1 TB currently. (The larger capacity WD Blue 2.5s only have something like a 2 year warranty, so I see no real advantage over any other brand unless its pricing is lower at the time of purchase.)

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