What external hdd do you use for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Rob9874, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Rob9874 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2010
    I have an issue with my external hard drive unexpectedly ejecting during backups. I'm not the only one with this issue, according to this thread: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2151621. I'm going to assume it's my hard drive, so I'll just replace it. But I wanted to hear some examples of hard drives that definitely work. Thanks.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I had been using a 500GB WD MyBook FireWire to back up my iMac until it crashed hard and died. It worked well right up until the end.

    Now I am using the OWC Mercury Elite Pro "Classic" 1TB USB drive. It also works well. I've never had any disks get auto ejected as you describe on any of my Macs.
  3. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I'm using two:

    Western Digital - My Book Essential 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive
    Western Digital - My Book 500GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

    Never had issues with either.
  4. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    WD MyPassport 1 TB. I use half of it for backups, the other half for contents. And it's self-powered via USB.

    No issues.
  5. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I have the Western Digital Elements 1.5 Tb. It sits just to the side at the rear of my iMac stand and runs like a champ. I hardly even know it's there.

  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
  8. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    I use a 1tb time capsule for mine. I haven't had a problem, and I now use it in place of my wireless router as well. :p
  9. Rob9874 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2010
    Sounds like WD is the way to go. The one I'm replacing is a Seagate FreeAgent Go. It backs up, till 95GB. Then it hangs, and I get an error message that it was disconnected and that I should eject first. I have a good <95GB backup on there, but it won't backup again now that I've added stuff. I'm thinking since it works to a certain capacity, it's just a bad drive. Had it several years, and used with PC prior.
  10. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    How old is the drive?
  11. Rob9874 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2010
    3 or 4 years. Used only a few times, and <100GB loaded on it.
  12. sportster macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Katy, TX
    I have had really good luck with my Seagate 1TB FreeAgent drive. I've had it for about 3 years with no issues.
  13. irfan.kara06 macrumors newbie


    Mar 8, 2011
    Is there a min storage capacity requirement for Time Machine? I was planning on using an old 250GB seagate when i bought my MBP. Would this work?
  14. New2Guitar macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    I have an external Seagate which is a 2T HDD. So far, it runs just like clockwork.

  15. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2007
    I use a Seagate Agent 500GB. I don't like TM. I use Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC).
  16. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2010
    US East Coast
    My primary backup drive is a G-drive Mobile. I haven't had any problems with it. Mine is Firewire but I think they have a USB-only one as well.

    I have it partitioned and use TM on one half and SuperDuper on the other.
  17. kidaquarius macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2011
    I took the OEM 320GB Hitachi drive that came with my uBMP, slid it into a $9.99 Vantec aluminum hard drive enclosure, and like magic I have a perfect Time Machine drive.

    For viewing pleasure..
  18. Cantisama macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    WD Passport SE 750GB. I've had good experience with WD Passport drives.
  19. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    I use a Western Digital My Passport SE 750 GB external hard disk for Time Machine, works great and provides enough capacity to archive data for years to come.
  20. Mik3F macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2011
    Western Digital for me too, a 1TB USB2 drive that I had lying around. Only down side is it is mains powered
  21. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    I have a Time Capsule but now that it's a couple of years old (and had to be replaced once), I am using a Synology DS1511+ for my backups. Will a RAIDed solution be a more secure backup? I don't know but I do feel better about it. If nothing else, I will have more time to recover the backup if any of the drives fail.
  22. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    NO, there is no minimum size. Yours will work assuming the items you are backing up are smaller than 250GB. Otherwise TM will give you an error.

    Ideally, you want 1.5 times your hard drive's size as the Time Machine backup so you can store the entire contents of the drive, and have plenty of room for the multiple incremental backups. I would say you, at the very least, want a drive that is minimally, the size of your internal hard drive.

    BTW: A 500GB drive can be had for around $50 these days and my latest 1.5TB purchase was around $100.
  23. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I use a 1TB iomega eGo. Went for $80 at Staples.

  24. radicaldog macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
  25. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    An older Western Digital My Book 320GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive. Nothing special.

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