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Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 25, 2012 8:31 AM

Hard drives is a vicious arena. Everybody makes the best and they all are trash at the same time.

 

I am an average user and looking to upgrade by external hard drive. I want Firewire 800  and want a small compact 2nd drive with USB2.0 bus - that I can use to transfer iTunes/iPhoto to an older Mac Mini in a different part of the house.

 

Been looking at G-Drive, LaCie and perhaps Seagate and OWC. I have seen so much good and bad that I have become thoroughly confused and would welcome any and all comments and/or suggestions. Having trouble deciding - have been told to make sure it has encription software for security, but just not sure anymore.

PLEASE HELP!

OS X Mountain Lion, 2TB Western Digital external drive for mymac
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,425 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 8:45 AM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    In the opinion of many here, OWC supply the best.

     

    Avoid Western Digital.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    I usually roll my own. Six or eight Phillips screws and your finished. These are the three I currently have. The last is four years old:

     

    Macally GS350SUAB2 Hi-Speed eSATA/1394A/1394B/USB2.0 Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD

    w/Seagate 2TB ST32000542AS Barracuda® Green SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive


    Macally GS350SUAB Hi-Speed eSATA/1394A/1394B/USB2.0 Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD

    w/Hitachi 1TB HD31000 IDK/7K Deskstar  SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive

     

    Macally GS350SUA Hi-Speed eSATA/1394A/USB2.0 Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD

    w/Seagate ST3750640AS Barracuda 750 GB SATA 3.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive

     

    BTW, I never use USB 2.0, since it's slower than molasses. I likewise disdain WC's products since they don't provide any support if you want to boot Macs with them and their SmartWare software isn't and it is disastrous for Macs.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to baltwo)

    in my last post,  WC's should read WD's. Sorry for the fat-fingering.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 2:47 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

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    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,390 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to baltwo)

    While you couldn't give me one of those iBook jobbers, personally I like to roll bare WD's in both FireWire and USB Enclosures. Plus as portables go, I've had very good luck with the WD Passports.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,390 points)
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    Sep 30, 2012 11:14 AM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Zimmer1956 wrote:

     

    Thanks this has helped.

     

    Your welcome!

     

    Zimmer1956 wrote:

     

    Has anyone experience with the Seagate Go Flex

     

    I do have a Seagate Free Agent GoFlex (portable) that I use for sharing music and pictures between PC's and Mac's, but stick to Desktop Drives for more serious backups.

     

    Zimmer1956 wrote:

     

    or Backup Plus for Mac?

     

    I always erase and format my backup drives and never use Seagate's or WD's included backup software.

     

    For good backup strategies, see > My backup plan Macworld

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Sep 30, 2012 11:46 AM (in response to den.thed)
    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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