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Old 05-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Anybody have a backup drive for their Macbook? If so, which one?


Hello. I'm looking to back up all my photos in iPhoto. Is there an external drive that you all recommend? The apple one gets mixed reviews.

I probably have 10k photos on my macbook pro and they are not backed up. They span the last 15 years of my adventures....it's stupid to not have them backed up.

Please share any recommendations if you have them.

Thanks.
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Western Digital My Passport external drive should get the job done for your backup issues my sister has this external HD for her MacBook pro it's also compatible on a Windows PC.
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Yeah, no reason to get something Apple branded and pay more. I second the WD recommendation. I have been using WD for years and never had one fail me.
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Nice, I just read some reviews and they are all positive on the WD...especially My Passport.

Where is the best place to purchase it?
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Newegg or Amazon.
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Newegg or Amazon.
You guys are great, thanks.

I'll just pick it up on Amazon since I have prime.
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I had problems with WD drives.
I have never had a problem with Seagate drives (only kind I buy in the last 5 years). Just bought one yesterday for 200 bucks for a 4 TB. Cleared my mac Pro disk space in a heartbeat
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Just purchased. 79 bucks for 1T drive. Really cheap insurance.

Amazon.com: WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black: Computers & Accessories Amazon.com: WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black: Computers & Accessories
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def recommend newegg! but keep in mind you are getting products from individual sellers sometimes, so check the ratings! I use a three drives at the moment, a 50g G force drive
1T Gforce drive ( my baby) and a 200g Gforce. and they are super sturdy too and fast.
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1.5TB seagate. I use time machine to backup but do it manually instead of automatically. Sometimes when os X goes to sleep, it'll drop external HD. And if you try to back up to a dropped drive, you'd be stuck with the beach ball of death.
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Default Anybody have a backup drive for their Macbook? If so, which one?

I work in the electronics industry and WD is by far the best out there, they actually bought hitachi who was second best.... Stagnate are crap they have the highest failure rate on all CCTV DVrs and nvrs we have tested they die at a 5 to 1 over WD


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Western Digital My Passport external drive should get the job done for your backup issues my sister has this external HD for her MacBook pro it's also compatible on a Windows PC.
+1
This is what I use as well. I only have a 500GB and I have it partitioned. One partition has my backup, the other has a copy of windows which I can boot my Macbook off of.
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i will second newegg too
usually when i am new to the product, I sort the list by "most popular"
then read Cons, that will give me a rough idea.

for external HDD i will note the heat, noise besides durability and speed
some MBP got usb 3.0 that you might want too
although base on experience from years ago, some USB 3.0 devices have some compatibility issue on 2.0/1.0 ports
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go to the energy setting.... and never let your computer sleep. I found out that my universe connection would disconnect every time it went into the sleep mode.... interrupting uploads to various clouds




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1.5TB seagate. I use time machine to backup but do it manually instead of automatically. Sometimes when os X goes to sleep, it'll drop external HD. And if you try to back up to a dropped drive, you'd be stuck with the beach ball of death.
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Default Anybody have a backup drive for their Macbook? If so, which one?

With 1TB I'd just set it and forget it! I really like Apple's Time Machine implementation in recent OS versions. I exclude the things I don't want, but last time I installed a new computer my settings, home directory, and digital memories were in their proper place!
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