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External Hard drive for iMac

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Mar 31, 2012 2:30 PM

I am looking for external storage for my iMac. I have the current 2011 version with an intel quad core i5. I am looking for 2TB external storage since I only have 500GB internal HD on the iMac. I will be using it for a portion of my iTines library so I am looking for something with a fast transfer rate.

 

I appreciate the suggestions.

 

Thanks,

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,745 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to Holmz82)

    If fast transfer is important then get a drive that has FW 800, unless you have a 2011 iMac then get a Thunderbolt drive. Thunderbolt is currently the quickest but also the most expensive.

     

    I would recommend these three drives:

     

    http://g-technology.com/products/g-drive.cfm

     

    http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10330

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

     

    Currently I own 4 of the LaCies however the G-Tech or Mercury Elite Pro's would also be very welcome on my desk.

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,410 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to Holmz82)

    Holmz82 wrote:

     

    I am looking for something with a fast transfer rate.

     

    Can't beat thunderbolt xfer rate: http://www.thunderboltexternalharddrive.com/whats-a-thunderbolt-hard-drive/lacie -little-big-disk

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,580 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 4:11 PM (in response to Holmz82)

    my wd was thrown in the trash because it didnt work propper

    mostly you could hear the hd spin up but not make it and turning it on and off for a bit would make

    it able to spin up but as soon as it fell a sleep the problem would return

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,410 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to Holmz82)

    I have had a WD My Book 2TB ext HDD and they seem to get a bad wrap, but I have have no problems with it in almost a year since I have owned it.  This model.  LaCie is superior to WD in my opinion, but as stated my WD ext HDD has had no problems.  I would not hesitate to purchase another one if needed to another computer.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,745 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to Holmz82)

    Holmz82 wrote:

     

    The transfer rate of Thunderbolt is great but I can't justify the price for what I will use it for. I am looking at the LaCie and western digital My Book Studio. Any suggestions on deciding between the two of them?

     

    Thanks,

    Of the two there is no question the LaCie is a superior build quality, you comparing cheap plastic enclosure to solid aluminum. Kind of like comparing a Kia to a Mercedes, both have the same features but do they really have the same build quality?

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,745 points)
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    Apr 1, 2012 7:11 AM (in response to Holmz82)

    If I recall correctly the Porsche design is USB only, this limits speed. While the new Porsche designs have USB 3, no iMac's support USB 3.

     

    If the drive will be used only for TM then USB is fine however if you will be using it as a bootable clone or accessing it frequently for large files I'd recommend FW800 therefore the D2. One additional advantage of FW800 is you can daisy chain them together, I have done this with my three and it has worked perfectly for almost 5 years.

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