just about all the hard drives manufactured are by the same two companies. Seagate and Western Digital.
All companies like LaCie do is take one of those drives, put it in an enclosure, mark up the price and put it on sale.
Most external hard drives are connected by USB, either 2 or 3, and have decent transfer rates,
No point in limiting yourself to a 1TB, they are actually more expensive than a 2 or 4 TB drive.
If the drive you need is for portability, get a smaller, physical sized, one that is powered by the USB port, otherwise, get a drive that has its own power supply.
Bottom line. They are all about the same, some more expensive than others.
Hello and good day to all,
I've recently been considering investing in a new external hard drive. I've been looking around on the Internet, where there a few different suggestions for Mac users, but it's a little hard to get a clear picture of what I should be going for. Now, obviously the final decision rests with me, but I was wondering if a little more information would help me narrow my options.
I currently have a MacBook Air, manufactured mid-2013, with 121 GB of storage (hence the need for an external hard drive), and I've checked and I do have an internal SSD drive. This whole SSD/HDD confuses me a little, I get the basic logistics of it, disk vs. chip storage. It seems to affect transfer speeds most of all? Then there is the issue of the USB cable. 3.0 seems to be the most highly recommended. I'm not sure what kind of port I currently have on my MacBook Air.
My current external hard drive (I suppose it's an HDD?) has problems. It's been having problems for a while. I've had it for a few years, bought it when I didn't know much about the different kinds of drives out there, and only know that it's the LaCie brand, with 1TB of storage space. Files have been damaged on it, the connecting cable is extremely stiff, which I suspect is part of the problem, and the partition I'd created to be able to watch movies on my television was irreparably damaged after a while. Some files also get damaged when transferred unto other devices, so I'm using someone else's drive in the meantime to store sensitive gaming files and video files. But I'd rather invest in a new device of my own.
I'm basically looking for 1TB of storage, a minimum requirement of durability and sturdiness, maybe a guarantee of a more flexile cable, and the capacity to use it on non-apple devices (namely PC and television). It would not be for professional use, I don't intend to carry it everywhere I go, it would stay at home almost all of the time, and I have a case to protect it if I do travel with it.
I also don't need lighting speed data transfers, and that's where my confusion regarding SSD/HDD crops up again. I've heard a lot of praise regarding the former, but I'm not sure I would really need it? Or would it actually be a good long-term investment?
Otherwise, based on my searches, it would seem Seagate provides a good option for mac users, based on my criteria? Does anyone agree with this? My friend also has a WD drive so maybe that is also a good option? They are both HDD drives, I believe, I'm not as sure regarding SDD drive options.
Any suggestion, additional information, or even recommendation would be greatly appreciated. I thank in advance anyone who takes the time to answer me.
Have a lovely day!