What is the fastest external HDD right now?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by V4705, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. V4705 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    I know it been asked before but there are new external HDDs on the market so I was wondering, for people that sick of waiting to thunderbolt, what is the best solution right now?


    Edit: Sorry, I have MBP, not Mac Pro... if somebody can move this thread to the right place I'd appreciate that. thanks.
  2. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    Anything eSATA that is capable of SATA III speeds...
  3. V4705 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Sorry I have MBP and not Mac Pro. I don't have eSata...
  4. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    You have to define "best" to get a meaningful answer. Is it "biggest", "fastest", "safest", Cheapest"?

    Since you mentioned ThunderBolt, I'm going to guess that you're looking for the fastest connection. The fastest connection built into your MBP is the GB Ethernet, but that comes with complications for connecting storage. The FW800 port is significantly than the USB2 Ports.

    Depending on which MBP you have, you might have an ExpressCard34 port - in which case you MIGHT be able to install an eSATA card. I have no experience with ExpressCard eSATA on a MAC. I know the cards are made, but I have no idea how compatible the drivers are.

    USB2 is fast enough for most purposes. FW800 is far superior and is fast enough for almost all purposes. Anything faster is going to be exotic.
  5. macman312 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia --> Cincinnati,OH
    Wait for thunderbolt there should be devices out at the same time as icloud and ios5 hopefully otherwise fire wire 800 (800mb/s)

    But am still gonna use USB till LaCie brings a thunderbolt drive out

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