Which external hard drive!!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bebetc, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. bebetc macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2008
    Boca Raton, FL
    This is the IMAC I am going to get, but I am going to still a hard drive which external hard drive or brand you recommend!!!

    iMac, 24-inch, 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Apple Keyboard (English) + User's Guide
    Apple Mighty Mouse
    Accessory kit
    4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS w/512MB GDDR3
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
  2. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
  3. fredsarran macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008
    I have the same iMac than you, and I can only recommend you a LaCie D2 Quadra Hard Drive (Firewire 400, 800 and USB). I have 2 of those HD and they work perfect for Time Machine backups and just usual storage space.
  4. gehrbox macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2007
    I use two WD MyBooks, one is Firewire and the other USB. The USB is used to backup with TimeMachine. The Firewire is used for video scratch disk and video storage.
  5. NintendoFan macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    It really depends what you're looking for. I am fond of the Western Digital Passports, as I hate external power supplies.
  6. fredsarran macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008
    To come back to my LaCie D2 Quadra hard drive : one is connected as firewire 800 for my Time Machine backup up and the other as 400 for my music, movies and etc... collection.

    Whatever you do, if you have a Mac, you should choose your external hard drive with a firewire port. It makes a huge difference in reading and writing compared to USB 2.

    I had a Western Digital, and after a few month, I discovered that there was "holes" in the disk. As such everything worked fine, but when I would be looking for a file, it would not be there. I got it checked by an expert and he confirmed my issue.

    Before that, I had Freecom hard drive and thats really bad. I had 2 different ones, and within a few month they physically smoked and burnt. But there design are nice.
  7. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I've always bought WD MyBook drives and have been very pleased with them. I recently picked up a 1TB Studio edition and its been great.
  8. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Just got one a couple of days ago, and it is indeed a great drive (i.e., really quiet + fast). Plus it's got an eSATA connector, which might end up being useful. I've also got a couple of MyBook Pros.
  9. andyw2004 macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    I got a Toughdrive to go with mine. I like it because it needs no external power supply. The thing to remember with HDs is that they have moving parts, so you should expect them to die during the life of the iMac. I think it doesn't matter what you get (apart from size issues which may matter for you) so long as you bear in mind the likely need to replace it during your iMac's life. You might want to think about sound issues too because you tend to leave it on while the iMac is on because Time Machine is doing its thing every hour.
  10. fredsarran macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008
    My Western Digital was built in plastic. LaCie Hard Drive are heavy but built all with metal. They are basically tanks. You can drop them and they will be fine. Not only they have a lot of storage space but they are a good size so it makes them still portable.

    I think WD are cheaper than LaCie so it all depends of your budget and how reliable you want it to be. LaCie won some Design Awards for there products. You should check them out.

    I am not saying that LaCie are the best but I have very good experience with them and I recommend them.
  11. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
  12. Hicksville macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2008
    WD My Book studio. Pre-formatted for Mac and silent as a mouse. Just remember to connect and power the drive before connecting to the Mac.
  13. harry454 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Theres a Lacie 1tb hard drive on macmall for around 265 has a various amount of ports go check it out!
  14. fredsarran macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008
    Yes please do so :) Also, not that you need it, the customer care is very good.
  15. fredsarran macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2008
    For the ones wondering about LaCie external hard drives, here is a thread "Do you use LaCie external hard drive ?" and a poll. You will be able to read about people that are convinced of the quality of LaCie and the ones with other experiences.

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