Western Digital External Hard Drives

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rgomes, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. rgomes macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010

    I was looking for an external hard drive to backup my photos/music collection. I was hoping to stick with Western Digital in 1TB capacity.

    Do I have to buy one of their hard drives that says specifically on the box "For MAC" or can I buy any Western Digital Hard Drive.

    My concern is that it won't work with Time Machine.

    My thinking is that it is only formatted for Apple. You can buy any external drive and format it for use on a mac?

    Am I correct?:confused:
  2. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2010
    That's right, the only difference is the partition format. (and probably the color of the enclosure)
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
  4. mystikjoe macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    you can format it any way you like! :)
  5. rgomes thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    What do you think is better to go with? My Book or the My Book Studio? (Besides the Firewire port)
  6. mystikjoe macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    if moving alot of files firewire will smoke usb.
  7. rgomes thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    I don't think I'll be moving files around a lot....

    Just for backup purposes. I'm a photographer so I'm dealing with .raw photo files of 15MB each usually...

    Makes me wonder if it is worth the extra $$$ (to get the studio edition)

    I can almost buy the regular version in the 2TB!!!
  8. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009
    If you are dealing with lots of those 15mb pictures, I'd shoot for the 2tb version
  9. discofuel macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2010
  10. undftd macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    Can't go wrong with a Western Digital drive, and any normal one will do just need to format it. Do keep in mind that if you plan on transferring large files you may want to consider the WD MyBook Studio which has firewire 800 for a faster transfer. I recently got a WD MyBook Elite for $174CAD with tax which imo is a steal, but I'm considering returning it and get a MyBook Studio as I'm always transferring large video files on there.
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    The other, and more important problem for you, is that USB consumes cpu cycles more than FW does, thus if your TM starts while you're editing images you'll lose cpu cycles to your hard drive that you wouldn't lose with a FW drive.

    I'm no fan of canned drives, and no fan of WD drives in particular. You should consider buying yourself an external enclosure, such as this Macally, and put in a Samsung eco drive, which runs cooler and is more energy efficient and won't be any slower than a 7200 rpm drive in an external enclosure.

    The problem with canned drives is that when they fail you have to send the entire drive/enclosure in, even if the drive is fine and the controller has failed (which occurs more often in my experience). If you open it, you void the warranty. If you buy a separate enclosure and hard drive and a problem occurs, you can disassemble it to isolate the problem. If it's the enclosure's controller, then you don't lose any of your data on the hard drive - you just get the enclosure repaired or replaced..

    Buy as much as you can.
  13. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    Forget Wd

    based on my experience, i wouldn't get one again. Bought one to store all my music. The thing died after a year. i lost all my music. If you get any HD to store your music, make sure you also back them up on DVD's.

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