5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 6:19 AM by MichelPM
desertpete Level 1 (0 points)

Do you need a special external hard drive for iMac?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7)
  • desertpete Level 1 (0 points)

    To clarify. I want an external hard drive to hold photos as I have a lot of them.

    Just still photos.  I plan to put them in folders and take one folder out at a time to work on them in Photoshop Elements 10 on my iMac.'

    I'm looking at a WD usb2 external "MY BOOK". 

    The thing I am concerned is: Should I get one already formated for the iMac or is one that says it comes ready for PC but can be formated for iMac, just as good?

  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    Any external hard drive that will connect via Firewire 800, USB, or Thunderbolt will work.


    I have a 750GB Western Digital Scorpio drive in an OWC case, sitting on a Backpack, which connects via Firewire.  Western Digital Scorpio drives have 5 year warranties, the OWC (macsales.com) cases usually use the Oxford chipset which works well with macs, and the Backpack is a slick way to mount a backup drive without taking up desk space.


    After you hook up whatever external drive you end up with, you'll partition and initialize it for OS X, then begin using it.


    My opinion, I would not get a Western Digital pre-packaged external drive/case.  While the hard drives are OK, there have been a number of people that have had issues with the electronics.

  • hollywood24711 Level 1 (0 points)



    what about the mac mini? is that any good for what you pay for one? i want an external hard drive but dont wanna splash out megabucks so what would you suggest? how much are the ones your talking about above?

  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    You might consider one of the external hard drives that OWC offers.

  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,373 points)

    The Mac Mini is a computer, not a dedicated, external, large storage hard drive.