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Discussion in 'Third-party Accessories' started by pandecoco, Mar 9, 2018.
Thinking of buying another external hard drive for my MBA just for photos...any recommendations?
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
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.
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.
you can't go wrong with either WD or Seagate
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.
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
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.
These are attributes of the top 20 best selling external drives that caters to everyone on Amazon.
* 2.5" HDD
* USB 3.0
Followed by an external 3.5" 8TB drive.
Personally, I would go with the Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive. It is the fastest 2.5" USB 3.0 external drive that isn't RAID0 or SSD. It should sell for betwen 6,930-7,760.
Anyone here who can recommend a good portable external hard drive with a USB-C connector cable already included?
here you go amigo:
Thanks, I'm also considering an external solid state drive.
here you go amigo, though we might need to drop a few more coins for it:
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...
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.
Too expensive especially the import fees. Ouch. The 1TB Samsung brand is cheaper though.