What Is The Best External Hard Drive To Use On iMac ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Dr.Zizooo, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Dr.Zizooo macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Hello guys .....

    I wanted to ask what is the best External Hard Drive to use on iMac?

    (( I need 1Tb )).

    -It has to be fast.
    -Doesn't crash.
    -Provide backup.

    Looking forward for responses,

    Thanks In Advance :)
  2. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    I just grabbed a Western Digital My Book Studio edition 1 TB with FW 800. Fat quiet and huge capacity. Working great for me so far.

    When researching hard drives, I seemed to find two nodes with all HD makes and models. One node is thrilled, and the other says DO NOT BUY drive failed. I think that is just the way it goes with all hard drive makers.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf

    There are no guarantees on this one.

    Time machine.
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    brands Lacie or western digital... or build your own
    also thanks for making your post so pretty
  5. Dr.Zizooo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    You're right ..... after looking for a good External HD i found that many people recommend a Western Digital or Lacie ....

    Thanks for Your response ^_^
  6. Dr.Zizooo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Thanks .....
  7. Dr.Zizooo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    Thanks ..... I'm Looking now for the best deal on either Lacie or Western Digital ...... Also thanks for your nice spirit ..... ^_^
  8. Dr.Zizooo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
  9. treasurefinder macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Western Digitals are usually cheaper as well. I'd even suggest buying two 500 GB's, as the price of the tri-connect (USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and eSata) is pretty cheap right now.

    The advantages of Firewire 800 over Firewire 400 aren't that great, especially depending upon what you're using the drive for.
  10. zea mays macrumors 6502a

    zea mays

    Feb 10, 2007
    I use a miniStack v2 (250 gb) and a WD My Book Studio edition (500 gb).
  11. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    If you want FAST, stay away from "ready made" external drives, and
    buy a FAST drive mechanism and a good FW800 external enclosure.

    WD doesn't make any fast 1TB drives. LaCie doesn't tell you which drive they
    use, and doesn't specify performance (other than meaningless "burst rates").
    OWC does tell which drive they use -- and it's a not-very-fast Hitachi 7K1000.

    According to manufacturers spec sheets and online benchmarks from sites
    like tomshardware.com, Seagate and Samsung are the current 1TB speed
    champions. Samsung has the fastest sustained transfer rates, but Seagate
    beats 'em in most real-world benchmarks. No other 1TB drives come close.

    There are lots of good FW800 enclosures around; just look for one with an
    Oxford OXUF924DSb or OXUF934DSb chipset and whatever other features
    float your boat. I like Icy Dock's MB559UEB-1S ($70 at newegg), but OWC's
    Mercury Elite Pro and miniStack v3 also have a good reps.

    ...DO NOT buy an IDE-based enclosure -- IDE is obsolete,

  12. drafty5857 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2007
    If price is a factor,

    I saw a WD 750GB formatted for Mac, USB 2.0, FireWire 800 and E-Sata

    on sale for $179 at Best Buy
  13. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    I've got a G-Tech f/w 800 that is both quiet and fast. Comes with a 3 year warranty. I like it. Best price I found for it was at Amazon.
  14. Siriosys macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2007
    New Zealand
    I'd suggest (as others have) getting a good fast drive and then buying a decent enclosure to put it in. Some enclosures now include LAN as well as eSATA, FW, and USB (like mine does!)

    I purchased a Samsung drive and it romps along at good speed.

    Using it with 2 partitions - 1 for Time Machine and the other for data storage.

  15. sleepingworker macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2003
    Manhattan, NY
    I also love G-Tech. Not cheap but very well made. I own three.

    I would stay away from Lacie as they crash more often than they should.

    However, ALL HD's crash. All of them! Multiple redundancy is the best way to handle that.
  16. treasurefinder macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2008
    i've never had a HDD crash, internal or external lol maybe you're riding em too hard
  17. sleepingworker macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2003
    Manhattan, NY
    Maybe, but just count yourself lucky! HD's eventually crash. And I'm not even talking about the iPods I had to have replaced because of HD crashes ... I really got tired of looking at the unhappy Mac face and that clunking sound interrupting the heavy disc spinning! Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!
  18. zjokke macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2008
    my drive crashed too

    True. I had a HD crash last week on my SE/30 and it's only about 20 years old... Problem is where to find a new SCSI-1 80Mb HD these days... :rolleyes:

    But if you don't move your drive too much around, it will very likely last a very long time. I don't think 5 years average would be exagerated, unless of course you buy a super cheap low quality product.
  19. sleepingworker macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2003
    Manhattan, NY
    Uh, I want to own your old drive!!! 20 Years is amazing. You have been lucky. The Lacie that crashed never moved - just sat on a desk. And portable drives are meant to be, well portable - like the ones in iPods (that are not SSD's).

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