I am a newbie to this forum. I have a question about external hard drives for the Mac. What is the best external hard drive to use with a Mac? Perferred a desktop model not a portable one. I am looking for an external hard drive with all the ports on it. Fireware 400/800, USB, eSata, etc.
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To use with any Mac OS version 10.2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Also, I am looking at 1TB or 2TB. I would be using this external HD as backup of files and other software. I know Lacie makes an external HD with all the ports I am looking for but I think Lacie is not good cause they crap out after about 3 years.
Any suggestions? Honestly, I don't expect any drive.even internal ones.to be completely reliable after 3 years. I back-up my backups.as should you.
Drives are cheap enough that you can pick up 2 1TB externals for about $150 if you know where to find the bargains. And even 3 years from now, even a 2TB one, will likely be too small for all of your files.AND you will likely pay LESS for a new, larger external in 2013 anyway. Never be too small you say? Just wait until you start owning HD movies, or super-HD.or Super-3D-HD!!! Or some filetypes that haven't been devised yet. LOL I guess what I am saying is La Cie, even with a 3 yr lifespan, is pretty darn good.
Just keep transferring your data to the next drive every 2-3 years and you'll have no issues. I have personally had good luck with Western Digital drives and a La Cie.low cost and good performance. The only issues I had were with Maxtor FW drives in the late 90s/early 2000s. I recently just bought my first external harddrive-- always thought I'd get a WD mybook of some sort but I ended up getting the OWC Mercury Elite 1TB.
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Thing with harddrives is for just about any make/brand you'll find folks who swear on their life that it sucks/failed on them/ate their baby etc. I don't know how anyone could form a decent opinion on them from online feedback. That said, OWC gets very good reviews, maybe because they aren't a huge brand and have significantly less customers. But I bought my memory from them so there is some form of existing trust there. New version of adobe reader free download.
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For what I've done with it so far (make a clone of my Tiger drive before clean installing Snow Leopard) it's done what I want my Apple experience to be-- just work. I currently have the WD My Book 500TB. Had it for a year, no issues. Although I previously had a Maxtor 160GB drive that was also just fine for 4 years.I didn't replace due to problems, only due to lack of space.
I sometimes wish I had waited, because suddenly about 5 months later I decided it was finally time to replace my G4 with an iMac. And now my external drive has less space than my computer (1TB) and Firewire 800 ports instead of Firewire 400 (as on the G4--really didn't expect these to be different). So far, I'm very happy with the purchase and it was quite reasonable. I have a fear of drive crashes (not irrational--total wipe-outs happened to me twice) and there's something about the giant external drives that are available these days that make me nervous. Like.too much dependence on them, I guess. I know people mention backing up backups, but I just have the one drive. I wonder if it's more or less reliable to get a second drive but to use the drives for separate things rather than backing up each other.