Which external hard drive do you use?

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  1. Jizzle032 macrumors newbie

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    Just wondering which external hard drive is good for your mac. I have a mac mini and would prefer a 500+ external hard drive, firewire800 would be best. So, which one do you use?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I use the Western Digital 1 TB MyBook
    It has been excellent for me

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    western digital mybook. i use the essential edition which is only usb, but they have versions for firewire 400, 800, and esata. I recently purchased an Airport Extreme. If I already didn't own a mybook, I would've purchased a Time Capsule
     
  4. Blake the Great macrumors newbie

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    A Seagate Freeagent Go 250Gb. Seagate makes both mac and PC versions but the PC version is cheaper [though lacks firewire] and works well with my iMac.
     
  5. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    I am using ...

    A Western Digital 2 TB unit with firewire 800 connection. I also have a 1 TB WD unit running off of the USB drive but it very slow by comparison.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The Firewire 800 is substantially faster than USB 2
    But, it is more expensive

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I just use a cheap metal/mesh one I bought online. I don't know why I would need an expensive case for 2.5 inch drives...

    Although my next investment for a scratch disk will be something like a velociraptor in a case with FW800.
     
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    SEARCH FEATURE FTW.

    With that being said, I use the Western Digital My Book Studio 1TB for Back-Up, I have a G-Tech G-Raid 2 for media work and I use an. Iomega UltraMax Pro 2TB for Back-Up of both other drives.
     
  9. Jizzle032 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you guys have any problems with your external hard drives? My mini fails to recognize some webcams i tried out coming out of sleep so I have to unplug the webcam and plug it back in every time!..., you guys don't have the same problem do you (speaking mostly to those with a mac mini 09, but everyone else can respond)?

    Thanks
     
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I use a Seagate 500GB IDE hard drive inside a MiniDrive USB enclosure (kinda looks like a mini). Runs 24/7.
     
  11. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    160 GB FW 400 LaCie mini. It was made for a Mac mini to sit on top of it. I no longer have the mini to go with it, but it still works fine, no reason to replace it.
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Umm... I have had no problems with any of my external hard drives. I have had a couple of Sony USB Drives Fail (I have like four of them, picked them up in August 8GB for 18 a piece...)
     
  13. ceres macrumors regular

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    Generally speaking, I am looking for a 2.5" FW 800 Enclosure that will hold a WD 500 BEVT. What´s the case to beat these days?
     
  14. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    WD MyBook Studio 2TB for video storage
    WD MyBook Home for Time Machine
    Seagte FreeAgent GO 500GB for windows stuff
     
  15. nman040 macrumors member

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    I've got a couple of questions for those who have the Western Digital My Book Studio 2TB (users of the My Book Studios of other makes/capacities feel free to comment since I assume the "mechanism", for a lack of a better word, is the same just that capacities vary):

    1)
    Does it have problems going into sleep mode and waking back up? I've read reviews on some sites where they tend to freeze the comp while transferring files and sometimes they dismount when they go to sleep and have problems mounting back again (which can be solved with a restart).

    2)
    Is it absolutely necessary to install the programs that come on the HD? Is it right to assume that by not installing it I'll lose out on the capacity gauge monitor? Is there anything else I would be losing out on?
    As much as possible I would like to avoid installing unnecessary utilities on my Mac

    I am absolutely tempted to get me a 2TB My Book Studio but it seems that the My Book Studio range seems flawed when it comes to running on Macs. Amongst numerous reviews I've read here are a number from the Apple Store:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/TP750ZM/A?mco=NzM0ODkyMQ

    Thanks for your feedback
     

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