WD vs. SG 2.5" external - clear winner?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by g.money, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. g.money macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Hey all,

    Seeking your collective wisdom. I know a lot of people have been asking question about what external hard drive is best for time machine, etc, etc.

    Many of the answers inevitably end with the old adage "buy what you can afford." And I agree. But I have a specific question. I know I want a 2.5" external (need the portability+USB power) and can only afford up to 160GB (they're roughly the same price in the stores around me). But I'm still left with the dilemma of trying to choose between two leading contenders:
    1) Western Digital Passport Portable 160GB
    2) Seagate FreeAgent Go 160GB

    From reviews online, both seem equally highly rated, with perhaps a slight advantage to SG drive on account of its reliability (5 year warranty vs. 1 year). That said, a lot of the online reviews also include evaluations of the accompanying backup software, which may skew results (as I'll be dealing with time machine exclusively, I don't care on this front).

    So, if you were me, which would you go with?



    P.S. I'm on a Macbook, if it means anything.
  2. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I'm 0/2 on WD drives (3.5" internals). One failed after three years, the other one after 11 months. The four Seagates I've owned have not given me any problems (one is now retired).
  4. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have the external 250 gb WD Passport... but I tore it apart and installed it on my MB and then put my MB's HD (Hitachi) into the passport case... both have worked great for me though.

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