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cumbria bluenose Calculating status...
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I am looking for an external hard drive to work with time machine on a imac. All the reports I have looked at are really mixed

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,575 points)
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    May 5, 2012 7:47 AM (in response to cumbria bluenose)

    The "name brand" external drives that office and electronics superstores put in sale every weekend are oftentoo Windows-centric to work trouble-free on a Mac. They are either loaded with extra Win software, have controller chipsets that don't work well on Macs, or both. The only thing going for them is "cheap" ("If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys").

     

    The best Mac external drives are those sold by Other World Computing. They seem better optimized for Macs that any others I've used. Here is a link:

     

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

     

    As for connectivity, get one with USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 for a modern Mac, The USB side is bootable on an Intel Mac, but FW800 is much faster for routine transfers of data.

     

    You don't show your geographic location in your profile (a very important bit of info when asking here for a shopping recommendation) so I had to assume you are somewhere serviced by OWC.

     

    Also, through very poor forum labeling, you were lured into the forum for pre-2006 iMacs that cannot run OS 10.6. I'm asking the Hosts to move it to the forum for current iMacs.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 6, 2012 12:29 AM (in response to Allan Jones)

    Allan Jones wrote:

     

    As for connectivity, get one with USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 for a modern Mac, The USB side is bootable on an Intel Mac, but FW800 is much faster for routine transfers of data.

     

    FW is bootable too for most (all?) of the enclosures you can get at OWC.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 6, 2012 12:37 AM (in response to cumbria bluenose)

    cumbria bluenose wrote:

     

    I am looking for an external hard drive to work with time machine on a imac. All the reports I have looked at are really mixed

     

    One thing you could consider is getting an empty fw/usb enclosure from some place (I recommend OWC too) and then choosing the hard drive you want to put in it separately.  That way you get the enclosure you want with the drive you want.  It may cost a little more but then you know exactly what you are getting.

     

    If you get an enclosure that has it's own software, it's best not to use that software.  I view enclosures as "dumb boxes" simply to allow the computer to talk to the drive they enclose.  That's what you get when you choose the enclosure and hard drive.  OWC sells empty enclosures too and the same enclosures with drives already in them, but you don't get the choice of the drive they put in them.  It's usually very easy to put a drive in the enclosure only requiring a screw driver.

     

    FWIW, I recommend Western Digital 1TB and 2TB "blacks" for hard drives.

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