What's the best 1TB external hard drive out there?

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  1. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    Please help me choose the best one. I need something to back up my files as I only have 7 gigs remaining on my MBP. I need it to be fast because I'll be working primarily with video/editing and playing.

    At the same time I don't want to shell out $300 or anything.

    The only external 1TB they have here at USC is the LaCie designed by Neil whoever, looks pretty but the specs seemed pretty slow (480mb/s) at $120.

    Thanks for the advice in advance.
     
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  3. joejoejoe thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. BrittQ macrumors regular

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    Want fast? Ever think about using eSATA connection?
     
  5. joejoejoe thread starter macrumors 65816

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    on a MBP?
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yeah. Just get an eSATA card for the MBP and off you go.
     
  7. melissaur macrumors newbie

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    That lacie drive by neil whoever also comes in a version with usb, fw400, and esata.

    I just purchased it from amazon.com for $147.99 including 2-day shipping (join their prime 30-day trial and it's free--overnight for $3.99).

    Not the BEST considering there isn't fw800, but esata blows it out of the water if you have the connectivity, and the price...welllllll try and beat it!:rolleyes:
     
  8. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    I have a LaCie that's 320GB & I really like it (not slow for me because it uses either FW or USB 2), so for 1TB I'd consider that or the Time Capsule. I know you said you didn't want to spend that much, but it does Time Machine wirelessly and provides you with a WiFi network wherever you are. (it is pretty portable) So either that or a LaCie.
     
  9. yoak macrumors 65816

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    The WD´s with Firewire 800 are great.
    We have 2T, 1T and 500s and they all work great.
    The 500 I used to bring everywhere when traveling
     
  10. howardnow macrumors member

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    The LaCie D2 Extreme has Firewire 800, 400, eSata and USB 2. It's $229 for 1 TB storage. Nice strong al case.
     
  11. Semiopaque macrumors regular

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    I'd go with Samsung 7200 1TB and as others mentioned put it in an enclosure. This is a solid drive from my experience, quick and quiet.

    As for the enclosure been eyeing this lately myself but haven't needed the FW just yet. May get one eventually: Rosewill RX81-MP-SC- SLV Reviews look pretty good on it.

    The macally one linked earlier is nice too, I have one of the ones with just the USB and esata.
     
  12. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    I bought this enclosure with two of these drives. Used Disk Utility to set it up as a mirrored disk set (RAID1). Works like a charm. The RAID information is written to the disks themselves. That means they're recognized as a single drive on any computer you use and not just the one you set it up on.
     
  13. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I have 4 My Book Studios (1 TB) and they are great. I don't have a circus of power supplies to maintain for each drive enclosure, the drive is quiet and fast, and the drive is small and supports eSATA, FW800/400, USB.

    I use FW800 most of the time but I figure if that standard ever dies then eSATA is a good replacement. I only use USB when I am forced to use it.
     
  14. millar876 macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Western Digital

    I have a 1TB WD essential edition nearing capacity, its USB2.0 only though, i want a FW WD MyBook 1TB next
     
  15. mpshay macrumors 6502

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    I have that enclosure with 2 x 1 TB drives set up in RAID 0. Plenty fast to stream media to multiple devices at the same time
     
  16. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Nice! Don't you just love the enclosure? It's extremely good looking, and also very rugged. It just feels really sturdy. I like it a lot!
     
  17. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    I was eyeing that drive back when I was in the process of deciding which drives (I needed two) to get. Maybe Samsung fixed the drives and solved the problems many people had back then, but I figured it's better to be safe than sorry, and went for two of these drives.
     

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