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Recommendations for external hard drive for iMac


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#1 Twin B

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 07:26 PM

I just bought a new iMac with the standard 1TB hard drive. Been reading reviews for an external HD that I'll use for backups. Been looking at the WD 1TB MyBook Mac edition ($150 at Apple and WD online stores), and Maxtor 1Touch4 plus, 1TB ($120) at my local MicroCenter.

I've read some folks saying external hd's are unreliable, and to stay with internal ones or the small portable memory sticks/cards. Some have said Seagate makes junk, others say the same for WD and other brands. Hard for me to tell the sour grapes attitudes from actual bad products. Since I've never had an external drive nor an iMac, I have no experience with either. I must say the only hd that I've had that failed was 15 yrs. ago in a 286 PC.

Question is: what have your experiences been with these products and what would you recommend as a backup solution for me?

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:45 PM

Seagate had a run of bad luck for a while
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:08 PM

If you need the portability...externals are OK.

I don't like the fact that data transfers are appreciably slower than with drives directly connected to the motherboard or a PCI controller card...but that's just my idiosyncratic beef :thumbsup:.

Logically, it makes troubleshooting issues with a drive more complex...because you add in the possibilities of problems with the enclosure to the possibility of problems with the drive...and it creates what I consider an unnecessary factor in problematical circumstances.

Added to that...bare drives are significantly cheaper (1TB drives at $69 last week, I think).

And...by all means, get SATA drives...even if you have to add a controller card.

Drive preference...is just that, drive preference. I've had Maxtor, IBM, Hitachi, WD, Seagate, etc...I have more Samsung drives than any other brand (because the price was right) and I can't say that any brand is "better" than another.

If you are concerned about drive failures...get drives with at least a 3-year warranty. If you get 3 years out of a drive you paid less than $100 for...I'd say that you got more than your money's worth. I still have drives which were made in 2001/2002 and they still perform...but they are IDE and have been made obsolete by the much faster SATA drives with larger capacities now available.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 01:32 PM

Thanks Mark and Louis. I don't need to have a portable drive so maybe I should buy an internal one. Holy cow, a 1TB drive for $69? They're giving them away at that price. Where did you see that Louis, I think I'll jump on that bargain. Thanks for your replies, I appreciate it.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:47 PM

This week, see below...last week there were a zillion sales (Memorial Day):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=2459

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....amp;Order=PRICE

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 06:46 PM

Thanks. Mind boggling prices.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 09:24 AM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

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