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Which External Hard Drive should I buy/Do you suggest?


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I wouldn't take anything iomega if it was given to me after my experience with a 250mb zipdisk drive from them. Yes I know that's going back a long time but that's how memorable it was.
Would that be the infamous "click of death"?

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I'm going to college soon (from Asia to USA) and I need an external hard drive. Right now I'm debating between Western Digital 1TB My Book Mac Edition and LaCie 320GB Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive. The Western Digital one is only slightly more expensive but provides a lot more space - not sure whether I need that much - and it also says that it's good for those who travel a lot, but I want to know your opinions on that. Would the LaCie one be more 'travel-resistant'? (It's certainly designed to appear so). I would be doing a lot of traveling because I'll have to fly to and from college and home quite frequently, so I want to be sure the stuff wouldn't crack in my luggage or backpack. Thank you!
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I'm going to college soon (from Asia to USA) and I need an external hard drive. Right now I'm debating between Western Digital 1TB My Book Mac Edition and LaCie 320GB Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive. The Western Digital one is only slightly more expensive but provides a lot more space - not sure whether I need that much - and it also says that it's good for those who travel a lot, but I want to know your opinions on that. Would the LaCie one be more 'travel-resistant'? (It's certainly designed to appear so). I would be doing a lot of traveling because I'll have to fly to and from college and home quite frequently, so I want to be sure the stuff wouldn't crack in my luggage or backpack. Thank you!
The enclosure would likely be more sturdy, but the mechanism itself will be just as susceptible to forces exerted upon it.

The problem with LaCie is that they just make enclosures. The drive mechanisms themselves could be made by anybody - and that's where reliability comes into play. At least with WD, you know who makes the drive mechanism itself (the most important part).

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The enclosure would likely be more sturdy, but the mechanism itself will be just as susceptible to forces exerted upon it.

The problem with LaCie is that they just make enclosures. The drive mechanisms themselves could be made by anybody - and that's where reliability comes into play. At least with WD, you know who makes the drive mechanism itself (the most important part).
Is there a particular brand or model you would particularly recommend?
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Is there a particular brand or model you would particularly recommend?
My preference is to pick up my own do-it-yourself enclosure kit and then get a bare drive to install in it. This way I can pick the brand of hard drive. I like Western Digital and Seagate. I tend to steer clear of Samsung, Toshiba and Fujitsu.

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Ok I just joined, so I hope this is in the right spot, so I'm sorry if it's not. Anyway, I am debating between:

Newegg.com - Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB 3.5" USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1394b Mac Storage Model ST310005FJA105-RK

or

Newegg.com - LACIE d2 Quadra 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5" USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / IEEE 1394b / eSATA Mac Storage Model 301442U

I just found these two, so that is what I'm looking at right now. If anyone else has a different 1 TB external that they really enjoy and works well with their MBP please do tell me about it. I'm looking for 1TB that can be used for media files such as ones from Final Cut, and for back up using Time Machine.

Another question I have is about partitioning the hard drive. I'm planning to back up data to the external drive, but if I were to run boot camp would I want to partition the internal HD on my macbook pro? I don't even know if I could run windows on the external. So if anybody could clear that up it would help a lot!
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For me, hands down Seagate's the best bet. Had 2 Seagates that have not died on me, while I had 3 externals by LaCie died in the past 3 years I had em. The LaCie drives just conked out, no magnetic disruptions, and plus I didn't have it on at all times.
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No doubt the Seagate, I'm pretty sure LaCie uses samsung drives or maybe that is only some of them... Correct me if im wrong ? But no doubt for a 5 dollar difference I would go with a company that is making the hard drive and the case not just the case and using another company's hard drive.
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Well, I finally ordered the WD My Book Studio Edition 500 gb external drive.
Looks pretty solid, good reviews, meets my firewire 800 requirements.

I will be partitioning it to use with my windows desktop and my mbp. I think I have the process correctly in mind, if I remember what the helpful Apple genius told me at the store last month.
I'll reformat the entire drive to Windows, then partition what I want to use for my Mac and format that section to Mac OS extended journaled.

I'll backup the Mac probably once a week when I carry it into my office and plug it into the WD. So there's probably not really much to set up in TM.
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Well, I finally ordered the WD My Book Studio Edition 500 gb external drive.
Looks pretty solid, good reviews, meets my firewire 800 requirements.

I will be partitioning it to use with my windows desktop and my mbp. I think I have the process correctly in mind, if I remember what the helpful Apple genius told me at the store last month.
I'll reformat the entire drive to Windows, then partition what I want to use for my Mac and format that section to Mac OS extended journaled.

I'll backup the Mac probably once a week when I carry it into my office and plug it into the WD. So there's probably not really much to set up in TM.
That process probably isn't going to work. Once you partition it in Windows (using NTFS, because Windows won't allow you to create a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB), it will be read-only as far as Mac OS is concerned, unless you remove the partition completely.

Now, if you can get away with FAT32 for the Windows partition, you should be able to just use Disk Utility to create a Mac partition and an "MS-DOS" partition for Windows.

FAT32 does have some limitations, most notably that it can not store single files that are 4GB in size or greater. If you need to do that, you'll want to format it as NTFS. Of course, OS X can only read NTFS without 3rd party tools. If you want it in NTFS, I would purchase Paragon Software's NTFS for Mac. That will allow you to create an NTFS partition and a Mac partition all within Disk Utility.

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I see...

What about this process?
I found it on another thread in these forums earlier today...

"Partition the drive on the PC to one part NTFS and one part FAT32

Then from the mac reformat the FAT32 partition to Mac OS Extended (journaled) for the mac, especially if you want to use Time Machine"



I don't care about being able to write to the windows partition from my Mac. It's fine if I can only view those files. I was just trying to recall the steps that guy at the Apple store said to go through because I remember something he said about how Windows can't overwrite/re-format a partition once it's formatted by Mac. So you had to do it in a Windows format first. The rest is hazy in my swiss-cheese memory.
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Another idea - just create the Mac partition on the Mac first, leaving free space for Windows. Then create an NTFS partition on Windows. That should work.
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Cool. I'll try that. Sounds like it would cut out one step since the drive already comes Mac formatted.

Thanks for your help!
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cwa's method worked flawlessly.
It took all of 5 minutes (if that!) to partition, re-format, and begin the Time Machine backup from the moment I plugged the drive into my Macbook Pro.
Thanks again for your help/suggestions. This external drive is amazing and firewire 800 is definitely the way to go (unless you're lucky enough to have esata on your machine). I had to use USB on my Dell desktop and backing up almost half as much space took me 3 times longer. If only I had firewire on the Dell!
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Hi there can anyone help me to find a link for a HD for my macbook please?
The details are:
Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MB21.00A5.B07
SMC Version (system): 1.17f0
Serial Number (system): W87410R4Z5W
Sudden Motion Sensor:
State: Enabled


I would like a biger HD than the one i have alreay please. As big as my laptop will take.

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