Which external drive might be good?

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    Missing information: what Mac, what interface, intended use.
     
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    I'd say for backups get a spinning drive, for anythign else get a SSD. I'm happy with my Samsung T3 (its up to a T5 now).

    As for the reviews, given that the number of 1 stars is only 13% of the reviews, take them into context and comparison of what's been written with 5 and 4 stars.

    Amazon, you do have a return period, so I recommend trying it as best you can and if works well, great, if not return it.
     
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    External disk drives are basically a commodity. There are only a few manufacturers left (3? 4?) and they all make more or less the same quality product, i.e. pretty good. Any individual drive might die young; I've had 3 drive failures in my personal systems over the years and they were 3 different manufacturers.
     
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    OP:

    The BEST external drive will be one that you put together yourself.

    Get a "bare" hard drive of your own choosing.
    I suggest either Toshiba or HGST (Hitachi) instead of WD or Seagate.

    Then, get an enclosure like this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/MiniPro-USB-...ords=oyen+digital+minipro+3.1+usb-c+enclosure
    Best enclosure I've used.

    It goes together with a few screws, that's it.

    Initialize it with Disk Utility (Mac OS extended with journaling enabled), and then it's ready to use.
     
  7. cleanair thread starter macrumors regular

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    Fishrrman,

    How is one you put together yourself better than others that are put together by the company?
    Would buying a already put-together Toshiba be just as good?
     
  8. kschendel macrumors 65816

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    It's a question of cost, plus if you get the USB enclosure yourself you can make sure you're getting UASP support which is important for performance. A properly spec'ed, already put together unit is no better or worse than what you can do yourself, but you generally pay more for the prebuilt unit.
     
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    3.5 inch enclosures might be a bit more expensive than 2.5 inch simply because they are less in demand, but other than that, either drive would be fine -- although you still haven't said what the intended use is Boot drive? secondary storage? backup? ???
     
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    bootable? non bootable? you need to be more specific.
     
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    are you going to boot Windows from that drive or just use it as an additional storage drive? I am not sure that all versions of Windows can boot from a GPT partitioned drive. In any case, I don't do Windows, so best I let someone else answer.
     
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    OP wrote:
    "I think I want to get this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canv...qid=1524759144&sr=8-4&keywords=toshiba++drive"


    That looks like a decent drive. I just see too many posts from folks with WD and Seagate drives having problems with them.

    However -- I would NOT use this as a "cross-platform" drive (formatted for both the Mac and PCs).

    Keep your "Mac stuff" on a MAC-formatted drive (HFS+).
    Things will just go better that way.

    If you want a drive with which to transfer stuff back-and-forth between the Mac and a PC, use a dedicated drive for just that purpose. A USB flash drive will do this well.
     
  16. cleanair, May 2, 2018
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    Could you still read the drive from a PC?
    I was thinking of burning materials on this using Mac and then only reading on PC if I later get one.
    --- Post Merged, May 2, 2018 ---
    I guess a combination would work too, like using one for Mac only and then a USB like you said.
     

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