Best External Hard Drive
Posted 27 March 2010 - 02:35 PM
The External hard drive needs to have a USB 2.0 and preferably under $250.
Posted 27 March 2010 - 02:59 PM
I guess the best starting point is, how much data do you have on your current macs drive, you can find this out, but selecting your hard drive, and selecting get info from the file menu.
Normally a good rule of thumb to keep the price down it to pick a drive that offers you double whats on your current drive, or if your budget allows go as big as you can afford to ensure, you wont fill the drive to fast and need to buy another one in a hurry.
Posted 27 March 2010 - 09:31 PM
But the Lacie drives are both good looking and reliable. The 1TB one I've linked to would be hard to go past - and I'm sure it can be gotten cheaper than the RRP. It might be worth trying resellers and even PC hardware stores - they're likely to be cheaper than the Apple store.
Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:34 PM
But don't get one of these if you are looking for a quiet drive, the fan is quite noisy and the case seems to amplify the sound of the drive head moving around. Plus the LED light on mine is a bit flakey, sometimes it doesn't come on at all.
One thing to remember about LaCie is that they make cases, not drives. So there is no way of knowing what brand of drive is in the case. But they must use reliable brand drives because they have a pretty good reputation.
I got mine at Dick Smith for a good price. I recommend shopping around PC stores in your area as well as stores like Harvey Norman, Myer, etc. They sometimes have specials.
Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:00 PM
"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy" - Steve Jobs
Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:00 PM
And yeah, don't buy a Seagate (which is Maxtor ).
Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:30 AM
I have a 500GB WD that has been used as a TM volume for 2 years with no problems.
I just recently got a WD My Book for Mac 2TB for $225. I had to update the firmware to disable the annoying included back-up software.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 05:59 PM
Don't buy a Seagate.
I don't know about Firewire drives, but I'm pretty sure USB drives don't support SMART. While the drive may have the ability to report the SMART status, I don't think the USB interface allows the status to be transmitted to the computer.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:05 PM
Also if I buy another USB HD is a USB hub suitable to use them with?
Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:40 PM
Apple sells Belkins so I'm guessing they will work, but there's a bit around the net about some brands which don't.
I was getting ridiculously slow speeds through the hub though, don't know if it was because it was dead or dying or if I always was! The backups take one hundredth of the time now that I've got the drive plugged in directly.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:16 PM
When you say they are daisy-chained, does that mean only one has to be plugged into the mac and then the others plugged into each other? If so can you daisy chain a mix of USB and firewire?
I think I'll have to fork out the extra for a firewire.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 05:19 PM
Answers are yes and no respectively (you can't mix USB and FireWire on a chain.)