Which external drive for new Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sporefan3, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. sporefan3 macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting a new "trashcan" Mac Pro, and am trying to decide which external hard drive to get. I am looking at two 3TB drives from LaCie and Seagate:

    https://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10600

    http://m.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/backup-plus-desk/

    The drive will be used for time machine backups as well as music/movie/picture/general storage to supplement the internal 256gb I have. My questions are: Are these drives good choices for a Mac Pro companion? What is causing the large price difference between the two, or is it just the addition of thunderbolt? Will I miss the thunderbolt if I do the seagate? (From what I can tell its no faster than USB 3.0 for these drives...) I am open to suggestions for other drives as well. Thanks!
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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    The price difference is largely just the Thunderbolt pricing overhead for the chipset to drive it.

    The other thing about the Lacie drives is that they only have a single thunderbolt port so you're not able to daisy-chain them, thus losing 2 thunderbolt ports in the process. If you want thunderbolt, I would suggest the LaCie 2big drives, which is 2 hard drives in an enclosure with 2 thunderbolt ports, allowing daisy chaining of other thunderbolt devices.
     

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