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Best time machine back up drive for imac?

747 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2012 11:43 AM by VLeeW RSS
DJGuy Calculating status...
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Oct 23, 2012 6:16 PM

I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times, but new gear hits the market all the time, so maybe it's a good repeat. What is the best or are some of the best, external hard drives to use in conjunction with an iMac? I have looked at the OWC Mercury and like the specs (and the 3 year warranty), but it's a tad pricey compared to other brands. Should I bite the bullet and buy it? Is 7200 vs. 5400 worth the extra using firewire 800?  I also want to add a gig of ram, which OWC has as well, in several price ranges. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 38GB left on internal hard drive
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:32 PM (in response to DJGuy)

    I'd recommend the OWC; second choice would be the LaCie's (they no longer make the model I have - a quad - so I'm not sure which model I'd suggest there). And yes, the 7200 rpm is quite a bit faster as is Firewire! If you want your external to be bootable, make sure you check the specs/features because not all drives will allow it (WD in fact does not support booting on most of its models).

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to DJGuy)

    You're welcome and thanks for the feedback!

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to DJGuy)

    I also like OWC & buy all of my bare hard drives & enclosures from them. But right now I'm using a 3 TB Seagate USB 3 drive I got at Costco.


    I would not buy a Western Digital drive in a WD enclosure. The drives are fine, but I've had terrible luck with the enclosures failing & have read of others with the same issues.



  • VLeeW Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to DJGuy)

    I'm running three Western Digital My Book drives and they seem to br doing fine. Maybe I just got lucky, or fate is approaching? Good luck on your decision.


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