Which external drive would you get?


macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 18, 2019
I was thinking My Cloud would be nice for laptops, if you like to go from lying down to standing to sitting with the laptop, though it is a bit slower to retrieve data because it is done wireless.

The cloud version (My Cloud) is $170 for 4TB. If you buy another one for backup, it would be $340.

The non-cloud version is cheaper at $140 for 8TB. If you buy another one for backup, it would be $280.

Which drive would be best to get?


macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
Are we talking "backups" here?

My opinion only, but the best backup is one that you can "touch" and reach for in a moment of need. That means a hard drive that connects to the Mac (via USB or otherwise).

Having said that, if you're serious about backups, "one is not enough".
You need at least a SECOND backup, stored "off-site".
Some folks use the cloud, but I never really trusted the cloud to always "be there" or to fully protect my privacy.
Store the second backup at work, or in a building other than the one the computer is in.
For my data files, I keep a drive "in the car".


macrumors 65816
Jan 20, 2009
i would get a NAS box:
At least a 2bay device and do raid01
If you get a 4bay you can do raid05.