What External Hard Drive should I get?

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  1. Mondays macrumors member

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    I wasn't exactly sure where I should post this, but anyway. . .

    I just ran out of space on my current external hard drive so I need to get a new one so I can back up everything on my mac.
    My iMacs hard drive is 1 TB so I'm looking to get a hard drive of equal size, currently I still 838gigs left on my iMac so It's not like I'll be running out of space anytime soon.

    I was looking at this,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148405

    it has a $10 off promo and for $70 thats pretty good.

    Anyone have any suggestions? or cons about this hard drive?

    Just thought I'd ask for peoples thoughts before I make the purchase :)
     
  2. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000

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    I have a seagate 750gb external drive from about 3 years ago. I've had it networked on my AEBS for almost all of that time and **knock on wood** it hasn't had a problem yet. I paid almost twice that price. I think its a good product and you won't be disappointed.
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I say put it together yourself and go with Firewire.

    When you buy a bare drive, they typically come with 3 or 5 year warranties. Pre-built externals typically have 1 year warranties. Drives die far too frequently and easily nowadays and the extra warranty can prove useful.

    USB speeds are horrible, at best. You won't be sorry going with Firewire.
     
  4. Mondays thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah would love that but I'm hoping to spend around $100 total, but man that case is pretty. Although if I buy the case I can use it for a long time since I can just switch out the HDs. Hmmmmmm.


    Oh and ya my current external is firewire, its western digital. I may look for another WD one with firewire.
     
  5. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    As stated, make your own drive. More secure that way. Take a look at OWC, they have some cheaper FW800 enclosures than that Macally one. Not as good looking, but as effective.

    I use a WD My Book Studio 1TB, but that's just because shipping one of those enclosures from the US was not worth it. :(
     
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  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yes, it's very easy. Once you have the enclosure and the drive, just plug the drive in to the connectors in the enclosure and screw everything in. Done.
     
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    Very cool, thanks.

    I think the case and HDD I chose, linked above, are pretty solid choices so I'll be ordering those today most likely.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    You might also consider something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+sata+dock&x=0&y=0

    Then buy one or more "bare drives" from the supplier of your choice.

    You can then swap them out as needed.

    The "docks" are very handy -- you can even boot from them when necessary.

    Only serious limitation is that almost all of them are USB2 only. Other World Computing sells their "Voyager" dock in a version with USB2/firewire400/firewire800, but it's a little more money than the "USB2 only" docks.
     
  10. rediffusion macrumors regular

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    I am thinking of doing the same thing.
    I need a 2tb drive. Any recommendations which to get? I intend to convert all my DVDs with Handbrake and store them on the new HDD. I already have a 1.5tb drive that I use with TimeMachine. This new one will have to be connected via USB as my iMac only has one Firewire port.

    Something like this? http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEPM934Q1BOB/

    or would I be better off with the Macally enclosure posted above? http://www.macally.com/EN/Product/ipod4show.asp?ArticleID=337

    Any advice would be really appreciated.

    thanks,
    R ;)
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Look for a Firewire enclosure that has two Firewire ports so that you can daisy chain devices. This way, you will still have an open Firewire port even if your external hard drive is already using the only port on your iMac.

    USB is REALLY, REALLY slow.
     
  12. rediffusion macrumors regular

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    OK thanks, I didn't know that was possible. So do the two enclosures I linked above both allow this? What about the HD itself? Do I need a particular one to daisy-chain.
    Sorry for the questions, I haven't done this before.
     
  13. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    They both have two Firewire 800 ports so both can daisy chain.

    It doesn't matter which hard drive you put in the enclosures. Just make sure they are SATA drives.
     
  14. rediffusion macrumors regular

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    Great, thanks for clearing that up.
    Now onto the hard drive. Which 2TB HD to go for?
     
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    Just to illustrate how badly USB2 sucks... One of the 1TB hard drives in my Mac Pro was starting to fail. So I decide to copy all the data (about 700GB) off it to another 1TB drive. I had the replacement drive in a USB2 dock. OS X estimated that it would take a whopping 18 hours to complete the copy!!

    I decided to plug in a JMB360 based eSATA PCI-e card in to my Mac Pro. I replaced the failing drive while I was in there. Then, I plugged the failing drive to the eSATA card and started copying the data to replacement drive. OS X estimated 2 hours to finish!

    USB2 is glacially slow. Thank goodness I didn't pay for this dock that I have (it was free with the purchase of a hard drive). I'm probably going to hack up this dock and bypass USB2 to convert it in to an eSATA dock.
     
  20. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    I hope you meant 700GB, instead of MB. Because 2 hours to copy 700MB is pretty :eek:
     
  21. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Ooops. Yes, GB, not MB. Original corrected.
     

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