What external drive to get?

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  1. X1Lightning macrumors 6502

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    I have a mini, and i need to get some more storage space, i have a few external hd's but they are full so i want to get a really big one, 750gb - 1tb
    so my question is, will i be better off getting one with firewire 400? or should i just stick to usb2?
     
  2. wawanarchist macrumors regular

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    I have two external drives that I use a lot. A Seagate Freeagent, and a WD Mybook. Out of the two I'd reccomend the Mybook... They are very nice looking hard drives and give you the option of FW or USB (Depending on the model) and whatever you buy, get it off of newegg, its so much cheaper than at a store
     
  3. WayneStewart macrumors newbie

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    For a Mini I'd get firewire because Firewire 400 is almost twice as fast as USB 2.0 in the real world
     
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    If you're going to get a drive for FireWire, make sure that it does also have USB. If it only has FireWire 400, you won't be able to use it after this revision of Mac Mini.
     
  5. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately that is probably true. Also the usb is great to have lets says your friend or wife wants to back up their data onto the drive and their machines doesn't have firewire, they can still do so.

    Personally I like to buy the hard drive separately and then put them into an external enclosure, I have had the lowest failure rates doing that instead of buying pre-made external hard drives and I find its generally cheaper.

    -iGrant
     
  6. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did that once, and it did not work, not sure if it was the drive or the enclosure. windows would not even recognize there was a drive attached. OSx saw the drive, and it would spin up, but would not work. now i have a useless drive....
    so i guess i'm leary of that happening again....
     
  7. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    Who made the enclosure you tried to use?

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    Yeah I had a Vantec once, and I returned it, mine was "iffy" at best. I really like the Macally drives. I am about to buy this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817347021

    And do a raid on to drives so if one fails I won't lose anything.

    When it comes to hard drives in general in personally preference, but regardless of what you buy, back up everything period. I don't care if the hard drive has wonderful review, etc. If its mechanical, then it can still fail.

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    Does both, you have to set jumpers on it so it can see it as one drive or as separate drives.

    Actually I am double checking that now.

    Yeah it can do both.

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  12. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i was just thinking, if the drive wasn't formatted, would OS X show it in finder?
     
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    What do you mean, like brand new hard drive? Most drives come formated with something, however it is possible that a hard drive has been formated in a format that Mac OS X can't recognize, I have had that happen to me before.

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  15. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well if it wasnt formated, or if it was in something osx did not recognise, would it show in finder?

    if not how would you format it?
     
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  17. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    If it wasn't formated, it would not show up in Finder, what you have to do is go to Applications -> Utilites -> Disk Utillies.

    You should see it on the right hand side on the screen. Be careful with this program though, you can erase and format your Macs main hard drive with it.

    Let me know if you need help.

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  18. iGrant macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I would like firewire, but I realized that USB2 is more than fast enough for what I do which is basically file storage and watching movies off of.

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  20. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok i plugged it in and went to disk utility and i only see the system disk, not the external.
    do i need to do something to get it to see the external ?
     
  21. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok i feel pretty stupid now, i pulled out a different cable, and now the disk utility sees the disk, and it is now in the process of formating it.

    thanks for the help
     

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