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Best drives to back up Mountain Lion Mac

3580 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 4:34 AM by makey RSS
makey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 16, 2013 10:12 AM

Now I've got my new 27" (1 TB) iMac with Mountain Lion I want to be able to back up to an external drive using Carbon Copy Cloner.


With various interface options I what external bootable drive would be most suitable:-


USB 3   Thunderbolt or Firewire 800 (via adapter lead from thunderbolt port).


Also, what would be the best make - LaCie, OWC etc.


Would anyone please advise.  Thanks.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,635 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to makey)

    Thunderbolt, USB3 and FW are the fastest in that order, if you plan on booting from the cloned drive then a Thunderbolt drive without doubt would be the quickest solution. All will work fine but if performance is what you're after then get a Thunderbolt drive. I'd also recommend getting a USB 3 drive (DO NOT repeat DO NOT share a drive for backups) and use the 2nd drive for creating a TM backup. Have 2 forms of backup is very smart because yes, backup drives fail too. Having redundancy in backups is VERY smart.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,610 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 10:49 AM (in response to makey)

    Go with OWC. Too many "name-brand" externals that the office stupor-stores put on sale every week are not always Mac-friendly.


    I had a WD MyBook Studio Mac Edition that, in spite of its moniker, behaved badly on two very different Macs (one PowerPC and one Intel). I bought an OWC FW400/800/USB/eSATA enclosure, stripped the bare drive from the WD enclosure, popped it in the OWC unit and reformatted it. It's now 100 percent reliable.


    NOTE: When buying for a desktop Mac, get a drive with its own power supply. Saves a lot of grief. If you really must share the drive with a portable computer, consisder a "dual-power" model like this:



    For an extra US$10 you can get a separate power supply to use while it's attached to a desktop Mac.

    iMac 27-in; Mid 2010 2.93G i7 Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12GB RAM; ATI5750 1G VRAM
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,430 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to makey)

    OWC is a very reliable supplier.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,635 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 10:51 AM (in response to Allan Jones)

    I will 3x OWC too.

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,535 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to makey)

    mechanic harddisks as in non ssd will not be able to keep us with the interface speed of TB and usb3 though


    once I had a WD ext hd it died it died

    mother said it was sleeping she lied she lied!


    now I use a 1TB ext firewire 800 iomega (looks like a mac mini)

    it also support usb2 and act as a hub for usb

    and it also have an extre firewire port so I dancy chanined another old 2.5" ext firewire box to it

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,635 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 8:22 AM (in response to makey)

    makey wrote:


    Thanks for your reply.


    Certainly good advice about two bootable back uo drives.  I've looked at the choices and thought about these:-


    OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini 1.0TB for my USB 3 connection AND LaCie d2 3TB for my Thunderbolt connection.


    Would you agree with these choices?

    Yes, both are quality products.

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,535 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to makey)

    I had an external hd box put in a hd myself after a while it started having problems starting up I could hear the harddisk spinning up but failing sometimes I would make it and work ok until it fell asleep and had to spin up again


    the only cause I can think of is that the external box did not provide enough power to the hd for it to work all of the time


    that same thing happned to my WD my book 1TB external box was the version with usb2, firewire and eSATA I mainly used it with eSATA at the time


    if this exp speak of WD being a poor product in general then no don't believe so

    but do I feel that their external box should have come with a psu which would be able to work every time i started it then yes

    but could have been a monday model


    had other internal WD hd's which works fine better quality then samsung hd's not that samsungs hd's are bad just a bit cheaper and a bit slower then WD's


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