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Best External HDD to support iMac


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Don't know why most manufacturers one day decided to put pre-installed software on their drives and the dreaded VCD (e.g. WD). PITA to remove. Or at least I haven't found a fool proof way. The suggested list of steps supposedly from WD themselves ended up leaving a new 2TB Essential for Mac in a "sleep mode". No idea how to fix. So I'm returning it tomorrow.

Then I'm looking at probably a OWC drive that is pre-formatted to work with Macs. Which do not require you to use any of their software to use their ext drive.

Even my old WD 500GB drive didn't have any VCD creating program or pre-installed software on the ext drive. Using it now with my new iMac. Flawless to this day. Why change what works??
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I just picked up a Seagate Go Flex 1TB from Best Buy for $80. They also had 2 and 3 TB models on sale as well. The 3TB model does go over your budget by about $10.

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Have you formatted it? Or are you using it as is? Any issues with t he pre-loaded software on the ext drive? I was going to get one too. But ended up buying a HDD Dock and ordering an internal drive. More flexible by far.
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Have you formatted it? Or are you using it as is? Any issues with t he pre-loaded software on the ext drive? I was going to get one too. But ended up buying a HDD Dock and ordering an internal drive. More flexible by far.
Formatted it first thing, didn't take very long. Haven't had any issues yet.

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I guess the Seagate software is easy to remove from the ext drive with a simple format. WD are a royal PITA. You need to remove it BEFORE you format your ext drive or it remains. I should be getting my Thermatake Dock and Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT internal drive sometime today. Some one told me about "HDD enclosures" (new to me). So I ended up ordering a "dock" instead. This way I can remove/drop in HDD when I need to. And can choose the quality/size of the HDD. And no more annoying proprietary software.

Update: Got the Thermatake Dock/Seagate Barracuda 2TB XT HDD this afternoon. HDD came unformatted but Disk Utility did see it. Formatted for Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I think it only took a few seconds. And now Time Machine is doing it's first full backup of my Hitachi 2TB HDD in my iMac. Only 51GB...
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I just bought the 1 TB My Book from Western Digital For Mac, didnt have to reformat it. Runs pretty smooth, just hate that it has all that **** WD softwar in order to "Manage" It.


Now just awaiting for a HDD that uses the new Lightnig Bolt connection.

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HEH! You don't NEED to reformat the "ext HDD". Most of us just find the proprietary software too much of a PITA. Much happier with my Thermatake/Seagate combo. Will continue to buy internal HDD when needed.
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