Recommend an external hard drive?

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    Thinking of buying another external hard drive for my MBA just for photos...any recommendations?
     
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    The 9 Best External Hard Drives to Buy in 2018 | Lifewire

    Best Overall, Best for Fast Transfers: Western Digital My Passport
    Best Splurge: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB STEL6000100
    Best for MacBooks: Seagate Backup Plus 4TB
    Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 500GB
    Best Portability: Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive (HDTB310XK3AA)
    Best Durability: Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A60 Military-Grade
    Best for Business: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0
    Best for Gaming: U32 ShadowUSB Hard Drive
    Best for Apple: AirPort Time Capsule

    Best hard drives 2018: the top HDD for desktops and laptops | Techradar

    Best hard drive: Seagate BarraCuda
    Best high capacity hard drive: Toshiba X300
    Best gaming hard drive: WD VelociRaptor
    Best budget hard drive: WD Blue Desktop
    Best hybrid hard drive: Seagate Firecuda Desktop
    Best NAS hard drive: Seagate IronWolf NAS
    Best laptop hard drive: Seagate FireCuda Mobile
    Best game console hard drive: WD My Book
    Best external hard drive: WD My Passport
     
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    wow, salamat!
     
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    One very useful feature of Seagate EHDs is the free downloadable Paragon Driver in their website. Makes the EHD compatible to both Windows and Mac systems.
     
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    An alternative is to simply format your external hard disk using exFAT instead of NTFS. By doing so, you can read and write on it using Windows or Mac without need of installing any driver for the purpose.
     
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    you can't go wrong with either WD or Seagate
     
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    For photos, I really recommend getting something that can raid mirror. If those photos are really important to you, it should be recovered in case of drive failure. You can also use icloud or something that can be saved somewhere in case of a disaster.
     
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    I humbly suggest that you format the drive based on your intended usage:
    • HFS+ (or even APFS) if it will be used for macOS only
    • NTFS if it will be used for both Windows and macOS
    I don't prefer the exFAT route as you may lose out on the security features that both HFS+/APFS and NTFS provides; I believe this file system is more suited for flash drives than external hard drives
     
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    I've had better experience with WD Passports over Seagate Backup Plus. No replacements yet for my WD hard drives but had to lose another Seagate Backup Plus 2TB one recently, which was a replacement to the original one that also failed over a year ago. No heartbreaking files lost though.. Just the hassle of getting another drive.
     
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    Anyone here who can recommend a good portable external hard drive with a USB-C connector cable already included?
     
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    Lacie Rugged Drive 2TB...3 years, 8 months and counting...so durable, still fast, and best of all, beats the hell out of any thing thrown its way...
     
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    Since I use my external SSD on both windows and mac machines, I initially used exFAT only to discover that it doesn't support TRIM commands for the SSD in windows. I reformatted the drive to NTFS and installed Paragon NTFS for Mac since without it, NTFS drives are read-only in MacOS.
     
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