What portable external hard drives are you using with your MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bertiewooster, May 10, 2010.

  1. Bertiewooster macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    I've had a LaCie Porsche Design for the last 6 years with no problems but with the upgrade to a MBP I'm looking to get a new portable hard drive (LaCie or another brand). My old LaCie was FW400 so I'd be looking at FW800 now.

    Which make and model do you use and are you happy with it's performance?

    I've looked at tons of reviews for various makes but all are mixed so I'd be grateful for any advice.
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    At work we use LaCie Rugged drives with the Firewire 800 interface. They work really well.
  3. BlackZ macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2009
    Same Lacie Rugged 500GB 7200RPM only the FW800 is not working on it, I have sent it for repair now a 2nd time hopefully they can fix it this time.
  4. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    I used to use LaCie, then the quality went downhill. Now I use Western Digital, they are great. Fast firewire, quiet and cool. I'm completely satisfied.
  5. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    I have 2 of these fw800 2.5" enclosures + 2 wd scorpio blue 500GB drives. The enclosures run hot... real hot, as you can tell by the reviews. What I did was drill quite a few holes in the sides, top and bottom and it runs a lot cooler now.

    I've had them for about 9 months now. The upside to this it that you can choose which hd brand and quality you want to put in the enclosure.
  6. Nicoow macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2009
  7. MaryBoog macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2010
    I have WD 500GB too. Good to hear it works fine with a Mac. I'm still waiting for my first MBP however... ever since ordering it on April 14th...:(
  8. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I have two Lacia Quadro 1TB external HDD's in a software based mirrored raid. I love this setup for backup works wonderfully! Before I put them into a raid I texted the speed with xbench and I got read speeds of 75MB/s pretty damn fast over FW 800 much faster then FW 400. I have been a fan of Lacie for a long time I used to own the same on that you did and mine lasted about 6 years as well. With these new drives I have had them for about 1 year and not a single problem so far, very happy :)

    Also maybe I just had bad luck but I did also own a WD 750GB external HDD ( I think it was a My Book ) and it died after only 1 Year of use....
  9. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    2 x 320 GB WD My Passport Studio with "e-label"

    They go great with the MBP and the e-label is a nice gimmick.
    I labeled one "TIME MACHINE" for use exclusively with TM and the other one "MEDIA" for general backup purpose (photos, videos, music, DMGs, etc)

    Looks like this:

  10. dr4g0n macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
  11. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    I'm using my stock 500gb 5400rpm drive in a USB 2.0 enclosure because I installed a 320gb 7200rpm drive into the MBP.
  12. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I have three G Technology externals and have been very happy with them.
  13. Bertiewooster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    Thanks for all the responses and advice! I would like to stick with LaCie but I've read quite a few tales of woe from owners with LaCie drives giving trouble.

    I managed to pop down to the Apple store this lunchtime and a salesguy recommended either the Western Digital My Passport (probably the same as in the pic from Dragonforce) or the G-Technology G Drive in preference to LaCie drives.
  14. square one macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2010
  15. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I have an OWC mercury FW800 (2.5") external and couldn't be happier. You can buy the enclosures stand alone and fit whatever drive you prefer inside. I've had mine for probably 2 years now and it's been rock solid :)
  16. jonesjb macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2009

    Did you uninstall the Western Digital software? And if so does the e-label still work?
  17. ggpike macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2006
    I use the same thing and have found it to be very dependable. However, I've been having some issue with it all of a sudden on my new 2010 17" i7 . . . when running on battery power the drive, connected via FW800, will sporadically disconnect. When running on AC, it works fine. This is something that only happens with my new MBP and does not happen on my '06 MBP.

    Anyone else have this issue?
  18. dr4g0n macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    E-label won't work without wd smart drive. They updated firmware and software* so that vcd drive can be disabled.

    * Doesn't apply to My Book Studio.
  19. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Had a LaCie rugged 500 GB but it constantly ejects itself and is unusable. Dealing with LaCie support has been frustrating. I know the drive is bad, they know the drive is bad, but they are being really stubborn about having me return it. Hopefully they'll change their mind soon.

    In the mean time I picked up a G-technology external (G-drive mini) and will be receiving it shortly. I owned one in the past and had absolutely no problems with it. I'm looking forward to moving back to a more reliable drive. This lacie has been an absolute nightmare.
  20. kjaxplicit24 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2009
    Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB FW800. Fast and looks good!
  21. WMuntean macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
  22. milkybrainuk macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    How are you connecting it to your mac. I had the same problem only on USB 2.0. It works fine plugged straight into USB2.0 port on my macbook pro. But if its in a hub, even a powered hub, you need to plug in the usb power cable also. Or else it randomly ejects and reconnects.
  23. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    WD 1.5 TB Elements. USB 2.0. Runs cool, and has been problem free. No WD software installed on it. 1 TB partition for OSX, 500g partition for Win 7.

    Simple, reliable, priced right. Once you get past the initial slowness of the 1st backup with USB 2.0 speed is not an issue for me for every day backup.

    Firerwire 800 drives are too much $ for me. If you need speed however, get a firewire 800 drive.:apple:
  24. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    It's the USB2-only model and I'm connecting it to my new Core i7 MacBook Pro directly; no hubs or anything.

    I'm not new to bus-powered mobile drives (I've got a few lacie's and haven't had an issue with them until this one.)

    The extent to which lacie is making me troubleshoot this is laughable though. Been working through it with them for a week. You'd figure trying it on multiple different computers running different operating systems and even using the supplemental USB power cord would have been enough evidence that something's wrong!

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