What's the Best External Hard Drive?

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  1. 337894 Guest

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    So I've expecting to buy an iMac pretty soon and I have a question, what is the best external hard drive for the Mac? I'm looking for at least a 1TB external hard drive that supports FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 that's cheap and reliable. I'll be using this for media storage (pictures, videos, school docs) and Time Machine. For Time Machine, do you have to have a hard drive that is bigger than that current hard drive in the iMac? Or are you fine with something smaller? Curious on that question. Also, I keep on hearing that Western Digital hard drives like to fail... Is that true?

    Other than that, what hard drive would you recommend?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Go with WDs.

    Just disable the VCD on the MyBooks and MyPassports and you're good to go. It's a minor nuisance on an otherwise great line of drives that look real purty. Most of them now use Caviar Green drives.

    I've commented on this here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=873075
     
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  5. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for WD here. I have a MyBook studio 1TB, bought it 2 years ago now and had only one issue that was fixed in a firmware update.
    They come with 5 years warranty too so hold on to your proof of purchase.
     
  6. 337894 thread starter Guest

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    I've been thinking of the LaCie Quadra 1TB External Hard Drive with Firewire 800. It's cheaper than the WD's and they seem to have a good build quality. What do you guys think?
     
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I don't like LaCie personally but that's just because of some bad experiences I had with the F.A. Porsche model.

    It comes down to chipset usage. I can't find out exactly what LaCie uses in this drive but it should be one of the "oxford" chipsets (which are considered the best for firewire).

    I'd go with a g-tech or OWC drive myself.
     
  8. elleana macrumors regular

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    If I'm just going to connect it to an Airport Extreme for Time Machine backups, is there any particular reason why I would need a more expensive Studio with all the bells and whistles over the relatively cheaper Mac Edition, or even the Elements Desktop?
     
  9. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    I've got a 2big 2TB set to RAID 1 since over the years I have had many HD's fail (Not LaCie). Now since I have many videos which I backup I've just got a 4 big Quadra 8TB set to RAID 1. I could not be happier. Got the last one as all those videos where really causing a beach ball a lot. Now no spinning wheels.

    I advise you to think about 2 or more drive units since all drives eventually fail. Just recalled I have 4x1TB never used brand new LaCie drives available for anyone which I took out of the 4 big Quadra since I decided to go with 4TB of storage RAID1.
     
  10. 337894 thread starter Guest

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    Really? I've been thinking of the RAID route, but my dad (and also my budget) doesn't recommend going the RAID route considering I'm not doing studio-serious production.

    Speaking of the 4x1TB LaCie drives, I'm actually really interested. What's your offer?
     
  11. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    To your RAID comment. Don't know if you've ever had a HD go out. Ever since it happened to me I have said to myself I want a mirrored setup always.

    I just have so many videos that are irreplaceable that I want that peace of mind knowing they are in my system if I should need them in the future.

    I sent you a pm reply.
     
  12. 337894 thread starter Guest

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    Well, I've never had a hard drive go out on me. I've been using my laptop for about 4 years and its going fine and my SimpleTech 160GB Hard Drive is still going well!

    Maybe in the future when I have more money, I'll be able to afford a RAID setup!

    Thanks for the reply too. Read it and sent back a reply.
     

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